Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Athletics’ incredible slide continued last night, as they fell 4-2 to the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.

Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales, and Logan Morrison all homered for Seattle. James Paxton struck out eight while allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings to get the victory. The A’s made things interesting in the top of the ninth inning by getting two on with nobody out, but closer Fernando Rodney was able to retire the next three batters to work out of the jam and lock down the win.

Amazingly, the Athletics have now lost 22 out of their last 31 games and sit just a half-game in front of the Mariners for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. The series will continue tonight with Sonny Gray going for Oakland and Felix Hernandez on the hill for Seattle.

Your Friday box scores:

Athletics 2, Mariners 4

Yankees 1, Orioles 2 (11 innings)/Yankees 0, Orioles 5

Marlins 1, Phillies 3 (10 innings)

Cubs 3, Pirates 7

Rays 1, Blue Jays 0

Braves 1, Rangers 2

Nationals 3, Mets 4

Indians 2, Tigers 7

Reds 2, Brewers 3

Rockies 1, Cardinals 5

Red Sox 4, Royals 2

Padres 6, Diamondbacks 5

Astros 3, Angels 11

Dodgers 0, Giants 9

Twins/White Sox – PPD

Video: Edwin Encarnación grounds into 5-4-3 triple play

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The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.

The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.