Oakland Athletics Edged 2-1 By Seattle Mariners

All it took was a couple of mistakes from Jon Lester to send the Oakland Athletics tumbling to a 2-1 loss on Wednesday afternoon at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland. The club fell to 79-60 after Lester served up back-to-back home runs to Kyle Seager and Corey Hart in the seventh inning. Before hitting that rut, Lester had cruised through the game, craving up the Seattle Mariners lineup. The left-hander, who has now been tagged for five home runs in his last four starts, drops to 13-10 with a 2.54 ERA. The veteran hasn't picked up a win since August 12 against the Kansas City Royals. On the afternoon, Lester worked eight innings, allowing two runs and punching out five. The A’s grabbed an early edge in the fourth, when Adam Dunn crushed a moon shoot into the seats in right field. For Dunn, the home run marked the second time that he’s gone yard in four games with Oakland.
Luke Gregerson worked a scoreless eighth after Lester left the game. The A’s are off on Thursday before retuning to action on Friday in Game 1 of a three-game series with the Houston Astros. Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 3.57 ERA) takes the mound for Oakland, while Houston has yet to announce a starter. First pitch at the O.co Coliseum is scheduled for 7:05pm. Note: Stephen Vogt exited the game after the sixth inning with what the team later announced was a sprained left ankle.
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