Ken Griffey Jr. hit a three-run homer and BrandonMorrow allowed one hit over eight impressive innings, sending the
Seattle Mariners to a 7-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics onWednesday night.
Griffey's 629th career home run came in the first inning. Morrow(2-4) yielded only an infield single to Rajai Davis in the fourth.
Davis hit a high-hop grounder up the middle, and shortstop JoshWilson ranged far to his left to snag the ball behind the bag.Wilson made a running, off-balance throw to first baseman JackHannahan, who scooped it on one bounce. But the speedy Davisclearly beat the throw.
Morrow threw 105 pitches in the longest start of his career. Hetired in the eighth, issuing consecutive two-out walks to EricPatterson and Travis Buck. Morrow then got Cliff Pennington on afly to right.
Morrow also set a career high for strikeouts with nine.Previously, his best outing was his first career start on Sept. 5,2008, when he held the Yankees to one hit over 7 2-3 innings in a3-1 victory.
Shawn Kelley worked the ninth, allowing a two-out single toLandon Powell.
It was the third time Oakland has been held to two hits thisseason. It also was the ninth shutout against the A's and the 10thfor the Mariners.
Griffey hit his second home run in two nights and his 18th thisseason. It traveled an estimated 421 feet to straightaway center,just his second to center field this season. The drive came offClayton Mortensen (2-4), the 407th pitcher Griffey homered againstin his career.
Mortensen, making his seventh big league appearance, threw 55pitches in his one inning plus three batters.
Adam Moore, who entered in the second when catcher Kenji Johjimawas removed after being hit on the left elbow with a pitch, had asolo shot in the fourth. It was his first career home run and hebecame the 22nd Mariners player to go deep this season, a clubrecord.
NOTES: Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu, uncertain if Sunday's gamewill be the final one for Griffey, is considering playing him incenter field. "It would be nice to finish it that way," Wakamatsusaid. "But I want to honor his wishes, too." Griffey has playedfour games in left field this season, three in right and none incenter. His last game in the field was June 30 at New York. ...Mariners 1B Russell Branyan (herniated disk) and SS Jack Wilson(bruised right heel) probably won't play again this season. ...Oakland OF Scott Hairston (hip, back) is out for the season. ...After an errorless game Tuesday, the A's made their 17th and 18therrors in the past 10 games.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times