Oroville Mercury-Register

A’s look uninspired in loss

Oakland drops third straight contest, slipping in race

- By Shayna Rubin

OAKLAND » Looking uninspired by the postseason chase, the Oakland A’s dropped a third straight game to the Seattle Mariners. This one, 4-1 on Wednesday night in front of 4,100 at the Coliseum.

Past success against Mariners starter Chris Flexen didn’t translate this time around. Flexen pitched into the seventh inning having allowed just one run on three hits. Starling Marte’s double in the ninth inning was their fourth hit of the night.

Matt Chapman’s 27th home run accounted for the singular run. Of the 24 hits Chapman has collected over his last 30 games, 13 have been home runs. But a solo home run just won’t cut it. The A’s offense looked uninspired and alarmingly ineffectiv­e, a major concern as the team dropped to 3.5 games back of the New York Yankees for the second wild card spot.

The Mariners overtook them in the wild card standings by a game, and the Toronto Blue Jays sit a halfgame back of the Yankees with the Boston Red Sox holding firm two games up in the first spot.

 ?? JEFF CHIU — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus catches a lineout hit by Seattle Mariners’ J.P. Crawford during the third inning in Oakland on Wednesday.
JEFF CHIU — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus catches a lineout hit by Seattle Mariners’ J.P. Crawford during the third inning in Oakland on Wednesday.

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