Mariners lose 8-5 to A's; Guttierez helped off the field

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The season has been tough enough for the Seattle Mariners, who have now dropped four straight after losing to the Oakland Athletics, 8-5, in Sunday's series finale.

Dustin Ackley continued his productive rookie season, hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning, making things interesting at the time.

It never got any more interesting as the Mariners have now lost eight of 10 overall and are 5-14 since their last winning streak of at least three games.

The Mariners will now have to open a three-game series in Anaheim on Monday night minus starters Franklin Gutierrez and Casper Wells.

Wells sustained a left elbow contusion after getting hit by a pitch in the second inning. Gutierrez is much more serious, as he suffered a severe oblique strain and could be done for the season.

"He's been doing it the last month or so," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said of Gutierrez. "It's been a tough go for him and he's been productive for us, which is why he's hitting in that two hole."

Gutierrez grabbed his left side after a swing and a miss on an outside pitch to make it 1-2 during the eighth inning. He needed help leaving the field. He wasn't around when he was charged with a strikeout after Adam Kennedy finished off the at bat.

Gutierrez, who missed the first 41 games of the season with stomach gastritis, hit .282 (35-for-124) over his last 33 games, with eight doubles.

"He has been swinging the bat much better," Wedge said. "If he's done, that is something he can take with him into spring training."

X-Rays on Wells revealed no damage to the elbow, although Wedge said he took the pitch squarely on the elbow.

"There's nothing broken, which is good news," Wedge said. "We'll have to see where he is with inflammation in the next day or two."

Ackley's homer brought the Mariners to within 4-3 of the A's but Oakland responded with four runs against Josh Lueke (two walks, two hits) in the seventh.

"The leadoff walk was what hurt," Wedge said. "We had just scored some runs. That's a tough lesson for him."

Luis Rodriguez, who started over Brendan Ryan at shortstop, added a two-run single in the eighth. Ryan was given the day off by Wedge.

Ackley, who had two hits, has a career-high eight-game hitting streak and recorded his 25th extra base hit, sixth among American League rookies.

Ichiro Suzuki had two hits (his 53rd multi-hit game of the season) and drove in a run for the Mariners. Gutierrez, Justin Smoak and Kyle Seager also each had two hits as Seattle recorded 13 hits and stranded 10 runners.

Blake Beavan (3-5) took the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out three in dropping his third straight decision.

"He was erratic with his fastball," Wedge said. "I like the way he battled and if we make a play here or there, it's a different game and he goes back out for the sixth. It's not the way it played out though."

Beavan has not won since his Aug. 6 outing against the Los Angeles Angels.

"I threw the ball OK," Beavan said. "The first three innings I thought I was making good pitches, but didn't get the calls. I just tried to make pitches when I could to get out of jams."

Beavan was making his 11th Major League appearance, four years after the Texas Rangers made him their first round draft pick.

"I kept the same mindset of attacking the hitters," he said. "If I try to get too fine, that's when I get into trouble. Everything they got they earned. There were not a lot of mistake pitches."



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