The long-ball doomed the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon, as the Seattle Mariners walked-off in the bottom of the 10th inning on a three-run blast by Kendrys Morales.
It was unfortunate for Grant Balfour, who struck out Mike Zunino with one out in the inning, but it was also a wild pitch, and Zunino reached base. Michael Saunders then singled to right, setting up a first-and-third situation with one out. Morales, the next batter, drilled the first pitch of the at-bat out of the park to win the game.
The A’s Jarrod Parker pitched extremely well during seven innings of work, except for two pitches to Raul Ibanez that wound up in the seats.
The 41-year-old Ibanez continues to amaze, smacking a two-run homer in the first, and a solo shot in the fourth that gave the Mariners a 3-0 lead.
Ibanez has 17 home runs on the season, and delivered yet again after crushing a game-tying three-run big fly last night.
The A’s, however, rallied, like they always do.
Jeremy Bonderman was solid for the Mariners, but ran out of gas in the sixth inning. After three singles and a wild pitch to get the A’s on the board, Josh Reddick knocked in the second run with a RBI groundout.
Brandon Moss crushed a home run off of Danny Farquhar in the eighth, and the game was tied 3-3.
The game went to extras, but on this day, the Mariners had the late-inning magic and celebration.
The A’s dropped five of their seven games on the road trip in Texas and Seattle, and four of those losses were charged to the bullpen.
For now, they are half a game behind the Rangers for the lead in the AL West.