Gonzales, relievers stymie Athletics
Marco Gonzales pitched possibly the best game of his career on Wednesday, allowing only two hits in seven innings, and relievers polished off the Oakland hitters as visiting Seattle beat the Athletics 1-0 Wednesday.
It was Seattle's fifth consecutive win.
The Mariners scored the only run they would need in the fourth inning, when Kyle Seager grounded to shortstop Marcus Semien, who bobbled the ball, allowing Guillermo Heredia to score. Heredia had doubled and moved to third on a fly out.
Gonzales (4-3) allowed only the two hits while striking out six and walking two.
Juan Nicasio allowed a hit in one inning of relief, and closer Edwin Diaz blew away three hitters with (swinging) strikeouts for his 17th save.
The Mariners (29-19) go for the three-game sweep of the Athletics (25-24) at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with Felix Hernandez (5-3) pitching opposite Josh Lucas (0-0).
After the Oakland series, the Mariners will enjoy a 10-game homestand against Minnesota, Texas and Tampa Bay.
Daniel Gossett was nearly as good as Gonzales in Thursday's game. He allowed four hits and the one unearned run while striking out five and walking one in seven innings.
With Mitch Haniger out because of injury, John Andreoli made his major league debut and notched a hit and a diving catch in right field.