Series: Game 3 of 3

Oakland won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 30
Game 2: Saturday, October 1
Game 3: Sunday, October 2

Athletics 8

(88-74, 43-38 away)

Mariners 3

(69-93, 39-42 home)

    4:05 PM ET, October 2, 2005

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    SEA 000300000 3 5 1

    W: J. Kennedy (8-13)

    L: G. Sherrill (4-3)

    Kennedy wins first since August to close out A's season

    SEATTLE (AP) -- If this was Ken Macha's last game as Oakland's manager, Eric Chavez and Joe Kennedy made it a successful one.

    Chavez hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and Kennedy won for the first time since Aug. 27 as the Athletics closed the season with an 8-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

    Macha does not have a contract beyond this season, but has indicated he would like to return. Oakland's 88 victories were its fewest since winning 87 games in 1999. The A's were eliminated from the playoffs after losing to the Angels last Tuesday.

    "I don't expect anything. I'm not shocked by anybody leaving, I'm not shocked by anybody staying," Chavez said. "Negotiations when you start out with the A's are always terrible. Everybody's far apart, everybody hates each other, and then at midnight you get a phone call, and the deal is done. But if this one doesn't get done I won't be surprised, and if it does I won't be surprised."

    Macha said he wasn't thinking about his future on Sunday, and instead was pleased to see Kennedy break his five-game losing streak.

    "I think it's tough pitching the last game of the season. A lot of people have one foot outside the clubhouse," Macha said. "It was nice we came back for him and scored some runs."

    After getting a major league-record 262 hits last year, Ichiro Suzuki had one to finish with a career-low 206, but still was second in the majors. His previous low was 208 in 2002 for Seattle. Suzuki hit .303 for the season, his lowest average in five seasons with the Mariners.

    "I felt this was the year where he really had to grind it out, and he did that," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.

    Nick Swisher opened the eighth with a single off reliever George Sherrill (4-3). After a walk to Mark Ellis, Chavez drove an 0-2 pitch off the wall in left-center.

    Dan Johnson followed with a two-run single, chasing Sherrill. Oakland scored five times in the inning on six hits.

    Acquired from Colorado in July, Kennedy (4-5) was 0-5 in September. His previous victory came in a 12-3 win over Baltimore.

    Kennedy worked seven innings, scattering five hits, giving up two earned runs and striking out four. His only rough inning came in the fourth as Seattle went ahead 3-1.

    Raul Ibanez hit his 20th homer, a three-run shot. Suzuki started the inning by reaching on an error and Yuniesky Betancourt followed with a single.

    Ibanez reached 20 homers for the second time. He hit 24 in 2002 with Kansas City.

    Otherwise, Kennedy kept the ball down. He retired 11 of his last 12 batters, allowing only an infield single to Suzuki. Justin Duchscherer set down the last six for Oakland, as 16 of Seattle's final 17 batters were retired.

    "He's a groundball pitcher, and he kept the ball down and was successful," Oakland catcher Jason Kendall said about Kennedy. "It's a good way to go out."

    Oakland made it 3-all in the fifth on an RBI double by Matt Watson and Kendall's two-out RBI single against Felix Hernandez. Watson finished with three hits and two RBI.

    Still, it was another quality start for Hernandez. The 19-year-old rookie ended a stellar campaign by working seven innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. He struck out five and walked none.

    "Every time I go out against a team, especially the second time, I try to improve myself," Hernandez said through a translator. "I look at what I did before and how I can improve that."

    Hernandez beat Oakland 2-0 on Sept. 5. He debuted on Aug. 4 and made 12 starts, finishing with a 4-4 record and a 2.67 ERA. He worked into the seventh in all but two starts, and allowed more than three runs only twice.

    "He wasn't as sharp today as he has been in the past," said Hargrove, who thought Hernandez didn't locate his curveball that well. "He threw well enough to win."

    Game notes

    RF Suzuki and DH Ibanez played in all 162 games for Seattle this year. ... Seattle finished the season tied with Atlanta for the major league lead in fewest errors with 86. Seattle had 85 entering Sunday, but 3B Adrian Beltre had a throwing error in the fifth. ... Oakland CF Freddie Bynum had his first major league hit in the seventh, a single to right, and doubled in the eighth. "I was so pumped, I didn't even feel my legs," Bynum said.

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