Hill strikes out ten, Reddick homers and A'south beat Mariners

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 8:15 AM

Unlike his first start this season, those breaking balls were effective because Hill'south fastball was just as good."Basically everything stemmed off of fastball command," Hill said.

Hill strikes out ten, Reddick homers and A'south beat Mariners

Oakland'south Wealthy Hill kept flipping sliders and curveballs that'd Robinson Cano and the rest of the Seattle Mariners flailing and guessing at what was coming next.

Unlike his first start this season, those breaking balls were effective because Hill'south fastball was just as good.

"Basically everything stemmed off of fastball command," Hill said.

The veteran left-hander struck out ten batters over six innings and gave Oakland'south overworked bullpen a needed crack in the A's 6-one triumph over the Mariners on Saturday night.

Oakland won the first two games of the weekend series between the AL W foes thanks largely to a stellar performance from Hill (1-1). He was shaky on opening day while filling in for ill Sonny Gray but rebounded by allowing just one running on five hits and a walk Saturday. His only error was a solo homer from Chris Iannetta in the second inning.

"It'south one of the most underrated things in baseball is getting to call a game for a guy love that where he's everything working. It'south a lot of fun," Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt said.

Hill has never struck out more than eleven in his career, but he's presently struck out ten in four of his past six starts dating back to latest Sept when he was a late call-up with Boston. Hill'south best inning was his last — he close down the center of Seattle'south order by striking out Cano, Kyle Seager and Iannetta around a hit batter and a single from Nelson Cruz.

"When he'south on, he'south unpredictable," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "He can toss his breaking ball in any count, but it was the command of the fastball that was much better than we've seen. This was a large game for him and for us with the rotation. We really needed someone to obtain deep into the game for us."

While Hill was powerful on the mound, Josh Reddick homered for the second straight game. Reddick'south two-run homer came with two outs in the fifth inning — he jumped on a three-2 changeup from Seattle starter Nathan Karns (0-1) for a 4-1 lead.

"The pitch to Reddick we'd all love to have back in that situation," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "He'south got to memorise he's to perform a small bit better there."

Karns made his Mariners debut after being acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay. Karns beat out James Paxton for the final spot in the Mariners rotation but nearly didn't create it out of the first inning on Saturday, needing thirty-five pitches and giving up two runs to open the game on singles by Danny Valencia and Jed Lowrie. Karns avoided trouble again until the fifth, when he gave up a single to Coco Crisp and missed on a 3-2 pitch to Reddick.

Reddick said most of the first week has been a struggle to perceive comfortable at the plate. He'd that consolation briefly on Friday when he hit his first residence running of the season, but felt more at ease hitting on Saturday.

"I was sitting off-speed. I was thinking curveball... Just saw a changeup up and keep a excellent swing on it," Reddick said.

WEB GEMS

Saturday was one of Oakland'south better defensive performances, including shortstop Marcus Semien diving to stop Franklin Gutierrez'south grounder and start an inning-ending double play in the fourth. Reliever Marc Rzepczynski added another highlight in the ninth by covering first base and doing the splits to capture Lowrie's throw.

"It'south a grand feeling when you play excellent defense," Melvin said.

MILESTONE WATCH

Crisp picked up the three-hundredth and three hundred-first stolen bases of his career. Crisp became the ninth active player to reach three hundred career steals by stealing second in the first inning and later came around the score.

Cano extended his hitting streak to twenty-one games dating to latest season with a ground-rule double in the third inning.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Chris Bassitt (0-0) makes his second start of the season. Bassitt had a number decision his first time out against the White Sox giving up four runs in fifth 1/3 innings.

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (0-1) makes his first residence start of the season. Hernandez lost on opening day despite allowing just one hit in six innings to Texas. He was hampered by five walks.

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