Mariners slug four homers to beat A’s 8-2, snap 3-game skid

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Julio Rodriguez and his teammates were amazed watching from the dugout as baseballs kept clearing the fences – one, two, then three of them in a row.

Rodriguez hit a two-run homer, Jesse Winker followed with a solo drive and then Eugenio Suarez connected in a burst of three straight longballs by Seattle in the seventh, and the Mariners slugged past the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of stumbling AL West rivals.

“It just felt amazing honestly just seeing everybody getting it going and score some runs like that,” Rodriguez said. “It was definitely amazing to see. We were in the dugout, `Oh, there’s another one.’ It was fun. Being able to deliver like that for the team, I felt like everybody felt pretty happy about it.”

Taylor Trammell connected leading off the third for Seattle, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The Mariners had dropped five of six and seven of nine but came out swinging to open a six-game road trip.

Manager Scott Servais hoped a change of scenery and time together would help Seattle snap out of its recent funk.

“You know what really brings a team together, winning,” he said pregame.

He mentioned timely hits, too, and the Mariners delivered plenty of them. Seattle hit three consecutive homers for the first time since Aug. 27, 2004, against Kansas City – off Zack Greinke no less.

“We had the back-to-back-to-back, which was great to see. We hadn’t seen one all year,” Servais said. “So I was as excited as the guys were just squaring balls up. A lot of good things offensively tonight.”

Rodriguez scored from first on Winker’s double in the sixth. Ty France provided insurance with an RBI single in to start the five-run seventh for Seattle, then Rodriguez connected for his ninth homer.

Seattle lefty Marco Gonzales (4-7) allowed seven hits over seven sharp innings to end a three-game losing streak, earning his first victory in five starts since beating the A’s on May 23 in Seattle.

“Just trying to stay in my process, get us back in the dugout and swing it,” Gonzales said.

He surrendered Nick Allen’s first major league home run on a two-run drive in the seventh. The A’s, who snapped a season-high eight-game home losing streak Sunday by beating the Royals, lost for the 16th time in 19 games.

A’s starter James Kaprielian (0-5) allowed two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.

SCORCHER

It was 92 degrees at first pitch, an exceptionally hot June day for the Bay Area – and the ball sure carried.

Tuesday marked the warmest first-pitch temperature for the A’s since it was 94 on Sept. 6, 2020, for a doubleheader vs. the Padres.

“We’re in Oakland. The hottest day I’ve ever seen in this stadium is today,” Servais said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: OF Kyle Lewis, on the seven-day concussion list, is improving. “He is feeling better. He’s getting through cardio workouts,” Servais said. … During Monday’s off day, Seattle reinstated RHP Ken Giles from the 60-day IL with a sprained middle finger on his pitching hand. He made his Mariners debut in the ninth, Giles’ first big league appearance since 2020 with Toronto.

Athletics: RHP reliever Dany Jimenez went on the 15-day injured list retroactive to June 19 with a strained pitching shoulder. An MRI showed no structural damage, manager Mark Kotsay said. “Obviously we’re going to make sure he’s 100%,” Kotsay said. … LHP Sam Moll was placed on the Covid-19 list.

ROSTER MOVES

The A’s recalled LHP Kirby Snead and INFs Nick Allen and Sheldon Neuse from Triple-A Las Vegas and added right-handed pitcher Domingo Tapia as a substitute player. INF Matt Davidson was designated for assignment.

Seattle recalled INF Kevin Padlo and designated for assignment RHP Sergio Romo, a former A’s and Giants reliever, and LHP Roenis Elias.

UP NEXT

RHP George Kirby (1-2, 3.56 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series for Seattle in his ninth career start and second vs. the A’s. Oakland counters with RHP Paul Blackburn (6-2, 2.26), who has allowed just one run over his past two starts.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.