OAKLAND — Poor relief pitching and sloppy fielding hurt the Seattle Mariners once again.
After Seattle's bullpen blew another save, third baseman Russ Davis committed his 17th error of the year in the 10th inning, leading to Oakland's winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Mariners on Sunday.
"It's a slow death," said Seattle reliever Paul Spoljaric, who walked the only batter he faced in contributing to the bullpen's 13th blown save in 23 chances. "If I do my job, it might have made a difference."
Seattle got home runs from David Segui, Alex Rodriguez and Glenallen Hill to increase its major league-leading total to 112, but they weren't enough to overcome the Mariners' besieged bullpen or sloppy fielding. The Mariners came into the game with the second-worst fielding percentage in the AL, ahead of only Oakland.