SEATTLE (AP) -- Mark Redman sure likes wearing those gray pants.
Redman continued his run of success on the road, pitching 6 2/3
steady innings, while Eric Chavez and Erubiel Durazo each drove in
runs to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 2-1
Redman (11-12) had lost his two previous starts -- both in
Oakland, where he's 3-6 with a 7.81 ERA in 14 starts. He improved
his road record to 8-6 with a 2.88 ERA in 16 starts.
"If you look at the numbers, it's a joke," Redman said. "I
guess I just have confidence the way I'm pitching on the road.
Today, I just had a good game plan and I used all my pitches on
both sides of the plate."
Redman outpitched Bobby Madritsch (5-3) in a showdown of
left-handers, helping Oakland win two of three in Seattle to move
three games ahead of Anaheim in the AL West.
"These last few weeks, guys are coming out a little more
focused and ready to play," said Jermaine Dye, who had two doubles
and a single. "We're out there every inning, just trying to
scratch out runs to give our pitchers a chance to win."
Redman allowed one run and eight hits. He
walked four -- one intentionally -- and struck out three.
"I'm happy with any win right now. We just need to bear down
any way we can," Redman said.
"It's occasionally nice to have a game where you can relax, but
the intensity in our dugout has been terrific," Oakland manager
Ken Macha said. "We talked before the game about pitching, defense
and getting timely hits."
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki was hitless in four at-bats and walked,
holding his season hits total at 236. With 13 games remaining, he
needs 22 hits to break the major league season record set by George
Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1920.
The A's went ahead 2-1 in the fifth. Eric Byrnes hit a two-out
double to left on the first pitch he saw from Madritsch and scored
when Chavez hit a first-pitch RBI single to center.
Oakland made it 1-1 in the fourth on consecutive doubles by Dye
and Durazo. Dye started it with one out, driving a pitch to the
left-field corner and Durazo's hit went to the corner in right.
Madritsch, who pitched at least eight innings in winning his
previous two starts, worked seven this time, giving up two runs on
eight hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.
Madritsch, who threw 119 pitches, looked tired after walking
Scott Hatteberg to load the bases with two outs in the seventh. But
after a conference with pitching coach Bryan Price, Madritsch got
Dye on a called third strike.
"Today, I was sporadic," Madritsch said. "My location was up
all day. I really had to battle through it."
Seattle led 1-0 in the third after Winn's RBI single. Jose Lopez
hit a two-out double and took third on a groundout by Willie
Bloomquist before Suzuki was intentionally walked.
Redman seemed in trouble after walking Cabrera on four pitches
to load the bases -- 12 pitches and an RBI single off the only
strike -- but the A's escaped when Boone grounded into a force.
"It looks good every day we win," Redman said. "We're the
team in first place. We just need to keep coming out ready to play
Seattle manager Bob Melvin was frustrated after the team's 42nd
home loss, noting the Mariners rank last in the AL with 622 runs
and 584 RBI.
"It's embarrassing," Melvin said. "We're last in both
categories by a pretty good margin and the reason is we're not
getting hits when we need to get them. We had plenty of
opportunities to win that game."
Winn had three singles. ... Seattle LF Raul Ibanez was
0-for-3, ending a 10-game hitting streak. ... Oakland CF Mark
Kotsay made a sliding catch to take a hit from Suzuki in the first.
... Fans booed when Suzuki was intentionally walked in the third.
... Each team left the bases loaded twice.