September 28, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

A's Rout Mariners 8-2, Gain Ground in AL West Chase

Overall, it was a great day for the A’s, as they returned home and delivered an 8-2 win against the Seattle Mariners in front of a supportive crowd. It got even better with the Texas Rangers’ loss to Anaheim, plotting the A’s within three games of the Rangers.

The ball seemed to carry at the O.Co Coliseum tonight, as there were many balls that either exited the stadium or reached the warning track.

That was a theme from the very first at bat, when Coco Crisp homered to right in his return to the lineup, giving the A’s an early 1-0 lead. But Trayvon Robinson would return the favor in the second, as he hit one to straightaway center that was just out of the reach of Crisp to tie the game at 1-1.

The home run barrage continued, as Stephen Drew got into the action in third, crushing the first pitch he saw into the right field seats for a two-run homer. The A’s led 3-1 after three innings, and would really blow things open with a four-run seventh inning to win the game 8-2.

AJ Griffin was solid tonight, allowing just a run in 5.2 innings pitched and notching his seventh win of the season. This had to be a huge confidence booster, as Griffin had struggled in his last two starts.

Blake Beavan was knocked around by the A’s, and was out after just 4.2 innings. The Mariners had to use five relievers to finish the game.

Standings Update

AL West – A’s are three back of the Rangers, two games ahead of the Angels

AL Wild Card – A’s own the second wild card spot, one game back of Baltimore for the top spot. They lead the Angels by two games and the Tampa Bay Rays by three games.

 

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