May 7: Mariners (17-16) 0, Athletics (20-15) 2 — Box Score
After falling to the Seattle Mariners in the first game of the doubleheader in extra innings, the Oakland Athletics answered back with a 2-0 shutout of their division rivals. The A’s were led by RBI hits from Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes.
Behind 25-year-old Drew Pomeranz’s five shutout innings, the A’s relief staff took care of the rest. With solo runs in the third and fourth innings, the offense did more than enough.
Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez was solid in his start too. He gave up just two runs in six frames.He gave up six hits and struck out four.
Relief pitcher Dan Otero provided three spectacular innings of work behind Pomeranz, giving up just one hit. Jim Johnson came in to close things out with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The offensive support came from the bats of Lowrie and Cespedes. Lowrie opened the scoring on a strange RBI single in the third. With Craig Gentry running on a 3-2 pitch, Lowrie blooped a ball high in the air and near the foul line in shallow left field. Neither the left fielder or infielders could get to the ball, allowing Gentry to score all the way from first.
There was no luck about the run that came across to score in the fourth. Cespedes drilled his sixth home run of the year on a 2-0 pitch over the left-field fence.
Important things to note: Typically a long man in a relief role, Pomeranz did his part his five innings on just 68 pitches … The A’s avoided a four-game sweep with the 2-0 win.