User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Soccer
More
Betting Tools

 
Miller homers twice, Mariners top A's 7-5

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

SEATTLE (AP) - Brad Miller thought the ball would stay inside the foul pole. His manager wasn't so sure.

Advertisement
Miller came up with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning Saturday and drove Jarrod Parker's 2-1 pitch high down the right-field line. The ball stayed fair for the rookie's first grand slam.

``It kept curving, but I was hoping,'' Miller said. ``That felt good.''

The slam was the second of two home runs Miller hit against Oakland, and it gave Seattle a six-run lead. The Athletics mounted a comeback but the Mariners held on for a 7-5 win.

``I wasn't sure if that ball was going to stay fair, but I'm glad for us it did,'' Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. ``It was obviously big for us, especially the way they came back.''

Boston clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason with Oakland's loss. The AL West champion A's will play their playoff opener at home next Friday against AL Central champion Detroit, and AL East winner Boston will start at Fenway Park against the team emerging from the wild-card playoff: Cleveland, Tampa Bay or Texas.

The Athletics got a boost when Oakland's Brandon Moss and Alberto Callaspo hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning off Chance Ruffin. Moss's two-run drive was his team-leading 30th.

Oakland's comeback try was hurt by many missed chances. The A's failed to score after loading the bases with two outs in the sixth and eighth innings, and they were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

However, it was clear after the game the Athletics were already turning their thoughts toward the upcoming series against the Tigers, who beat Oakland 3-2 in last year's division series.

``It was a good matchup last year. We've had some spirited games with them this year, so it should be an exciting series,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ``Two pretty well-matched teams, a little different in style. You look at the numbers overall, their pitching numbers and their hitting numbers, and ours and what we do and it's a little different, but should be pretty evenly matched.''

Parker (12-8) gave up seven runs and seven hits - including three homers - in 4 1-3 innings. It was the second time in three starts he allowed seven or more runs without making it through the fifth inning.

``I think he was just a little off on the baseball today, but the stuff was still good,'' Melvin said. ``I'm not worried about that.''

Justin Smoak's career-best 20th homer, a two-run drive, put Seattle ahead in the second. Smoak became the fourth Mariner this season with 20 homers, the first Mariners quartet since 2007.

Miller hit his first homer of the game with a solo shot in the third for a 3-1 lead. Two innings later, the Mariners had three straight singles to lead off the inning and Miller extended the lead with his grand slam.

It was the third time this season Miller has hit two homers in a game, with the bulk of his eight homers coming in pairs. The grand slam was Seattle's seventh this year, second in the majors behind Boston's nine.

Brandon Maurer (5-8) gave up two runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. He had been 0-1 in three starts and three relief appearances since beating the A's on Aug. 20.

``I got to throw everything together this last one, work on mound presence and really go out there and trust my stuff,'' Maurer said.

NOTES: Seattle manager Eric Wedge said Saturday his uncertain contract status wasn't the reason he decided not to return next season. ``If they'd offered me a 5-year contract, I'm not coming back here,'' he said. Instead, Wedge said the reason behind his departure was a difference of opinion between him and the Mariners' front office: CEO Howard Lincoln, president Chuck Armstrong and GM Jack Zduriencik. ``My vision of the future and theirs are just different,'' Wedge said. ... Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup a day after leaving in the fourth inning with shoulder stiffness. Manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes was day to day. ... Danny Farquhar pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 20 chances. ... Coco Crisp hit a sacrifice fly in the third, and Alberto Callaspo had a run-scoring single in the sixth for Oakland.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
News: All-Star HR Derby Odds
News: All-Star Game History
Brewers snap 7-game skid, rout Cards
Royals rally past Tigers, avoid sweep
Angels hand Rangers another setback
Mets stay red-hot, sweep Marlins
Dodgers nip Pads 1-0 for 2nd straight day
Gray earns 10th win, A's down Mariners
Giants drop D-backs with 2 grand slams
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
8-3 Run, 10-3 G-Plays, +7,570 TY
9-2 G-Plays, 25-12 +1,384 Streak
11-5 L6 Days, 17-7 +1,032 L24
34-17 L51 Totals, +2,177 TY
+2,424 This Season
6-2, +483 Last 8 Selections
3-1 +245 L4 G-Plays, +2,000 TY
6-3, +445 Record Yesterday
8-3, +515 L11 Guarantees
4-0, +416 Last 3 Days
19-10, +1,036 L29, +1,904 TY
3-0, +335 MLB Picks Y'day
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Antony Dinero
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 7570
The Gold Sheet + 2424
Matt Zylbert + 2177
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2867
James Manos + 2522
Dave Cokin + 1877
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2484
Matt Zylbert + 2177
Bruce Marshall + 753
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1417
ASA + 1190
Doc's Sports + 708
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3259
Mike Rose + 1630
Doc's Sports + 1310
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1503
Bruce Marshall + 1302
The Gold Sheet + 1259
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!