8th-Inning Rally Leads A's Over Seattle

Four-run frame comes against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 12:24 AM CDT
Oakland Athletics' Jack Hannahan, center, is greeted in the dugout by Ryan Sweeney, left, and Chris Denorfia, after Hannahan scored in the eighth inning on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at Safeco Field.    (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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(Newser) – Emil Brown's broken-bat, two-run single finally got Oakland on the board, Jack Cust's RBI single gave Oakland its first lead and the Athletics scored four times in the eighth to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Sunday. Seattle starter Felix Hernandez cruised through seven innings, giving up just four hits and striking out 10, but couldn’t escape trouble in the eighth.

Hernandez (2-1) walked Jack Hannahan on a 3-2 pitch to open the inning as the Safeco Field roof slowly closed with a light rain falling. Mark Ellis then doubled and Daric Barton walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, and Brown dumped a broken bat hit into left that ended Hernandez's day. Joe Blanton (2-4) was the winner for Oakland.