The A’s could only muster up four hits against the Mariners and Scott Kazmir suffered his first loss in an A’s uniform in a 4-2 Seattle victory at O.Co Coliseum Monday night.
Kazmir, who allowed two runs in the first innings and single runs in the fifth and sixth, is now 4-1 with a 2.64 ERA.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for him, as the first two Mariners to bat got on base with singles. After Robinson Cano struck out, Corey Hart’s base hit through the right side brought in the game’s first run. The Mariners took a 2-0 lead on an RBI groundout by Kyle Seager, which was knocked down by first baseman Daric Barton, but there was no play at the plate.
The A’s offense was anemic tonight, and was held without a hit the first time through the lineup. Jed Lowrie’s single with one out in the fourth was the A’s first hit. Their second hit turned out to be a big fly, as Brandon Moss sent one over the right field wall to tie the game with one swing of the bat.
But that would be it for the A’s offense, as Mariners starter Chris Young locked down the A’s with the exception of the Moss homer. Young went six innings, allowing just three hits and two walks.
Meanwhile, the Mariners grabbed the lead in the fifth on a homer off the bat of Stefen Romero. It was Romero’s first career home run, hooking down the left field line. An RBI single by Brad Miller in the sixth gave the Mariners an insurance run.
The A’s had little luck against the Seattle bullpen, which closed out the game and the win for Young. Oakland’s best scoring opportunity came in the seventh. Josh Donaldson singled and Brandon Moss walked to lead off the inning, but Mariners’ manager Lloyd McClendon mixed-and-matched with three pitching changes to escape the jam. Charlie Furbish replaced Young, and promptly got Alberto Callaspo to ground into a double play. With two out and runners at the corners, Yoenis Cespedes pinch hit and popped out to second to end the threat.
The A’s have now lost three of their last four, but still maintain a two game lead in the AL West.