- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics had their worst defensive effort in their error-filled season.

Robinson Cano had three hits and an RBI, and the Seattle Mariners took advantage of Oakland’s season-high four errors in a 7-2 victory over the Athletics on Saturday night.

Seattle scored five runs on Oakland’s most errors since Aug. 22, 2012, against Minnesota. The Athletics, who lead the majors with 32 miscues, have committed at least one in each of the past seven games - 11 in total. Those errors have contributed to giving up 20 unearned runs.

“We’re making some young mistakes,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We have a lot of range, we get to a lot of balls then end up making a mistake. It’s the consistency of it. We play a really good game when we’ll make some great plays and then we’ll play another game where we make four errors and you’re not going to win any game making four errors.”

A’s starter Jesse Hahn (1-3) was the victim of the sloppy defense. He gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, walking three and striking out four.

“I can’t knock these guys,” said Hahn, who made one of the errors on a wild pickoff throw in the sixth. “They are trying as hard as they can; I’m trying to make pitches they are trying to make plays. It’s on me in the first place, letting those runners get on base, putting them in a tough position.”

The errors contributed to five of the seven runs.

“We run the bases hard and put pressure on the defense,” said Seattle’s Nelson Cruz, who had two hits and an RBI. “Today, it paid off.’

Seth Smith also had pair of hits and an RBI for the Mariners.

Mark Canha hit his fifth home run for the A’s in the eighth. Marcus Semien had three hits.

The Cano-Cruz combo produced one run in the first and a rare double-error play by shortstop Semien sent home another.

Cruz doubled home Cano, and after Kyle Seager walked, Logan Morrison hit a sharp grounder up the middle but it caromed off Semien’s glove. Semien then threw wildly to home, allowing Cruz to score.

Cruz’s infield single in the fifth triggered a throwing error by third baseman Brett Lawrie that sent two more runs home.

It was Seattle’s first victory by more than three runs in 30 games this season.

“It has been stressful in a lot of ways,” said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who earned his 100th victory as the club’s skipper. “You like to blow a game out but it just hasn’t happened to this point.”

The A’s have gone 3 for 21 with runners in scoring position the past two games here, both losses.

“Maybe we’re being a little aggressive in those situations,” Melvin said. “We’re trying to get it done pretty quickly at times. We’ve been pretty good about that so hopefully (Sunday) against Felix (Hernandez) we have a better approach and make him throw some pitches.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Jarrod Parker, coming back from a second Tommy John elbow surgery, had a setback Friday, grasping his elbow in pain after a pitch for Triple-A Nashville. X-rays and a CT scan at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Saturday revealed a fracture of the medial epichondal bone, in the same area where the surgery was performed. There was no timetable for his recovery. … RHP A.J. Griffin, also coming back from elbow surgery, flew back to the Bay Area to have his ailing right shoulder examined.

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (strained lat dorsi muscle) is not expected back with the club until at least the end of the month.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (5-0, 1.73), the only AL pitcher with five wins, will be shooting for a 6-0 record against the A’s. He also needs five strikeouts for 2,000 in his career. At age 29 and 32 days, he would be the fourth youngest pitcher in history to reach that milestone.

Athletics: RHP Jesse Chavez (1-2, 1.80) will be making his fourth start after beginning the season in the bullpen. He won his previous start - 2-1 at Minnesota on Tuesday for his first victory since July 23, 2014. He is 0-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 12 career appearances against Seattle, including three starts.

COCO MOVES TO LEFT

A’s outfielder Coco Crisp made his third start in left field Saturday, a position he had not played since 2012. The 14-year veteran had played 1,122 games in center and just 234 in left. Manager Bob Melvin made the switch to accommodate just promoted CF Billy Burns.


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