A's 10-40 start worst since 1932 Red Sox, Mariners win 3-2 behind Crawford, France

Oakland now has the 4th-worst 50-game start in MLB history
May 23, 2023 at 9:40 p.m.
Oakland Athletics' Esteury Ruiz (1) collides into Seattle Mariners second baseman Kolten Wong during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 23, 2023, in Seattle.
Oakland Athletics' Esteury Ruiz (1) collides into Seattle Mariners second baseman Kolten Wong during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 23, 2023, in Seattle. (Caean Cuoto/AP Photo)

By Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — J.P. Crawford and Ty France hit back-to-back home runs in a three-run fifth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat Oakland 3-2 Tuesday night to send the Athletics to their sixth straight loss and 14th in 16 games.

Oakland dropped to 10-40, which projects to a 32-130 record. That would be the most losses for any team in a season since 1899 Cleveland Spiders went 20-134.

The A's matched the 1932 Boston Red Sox and 1897 St. Louis Browns for the fourth-worst 50-game start in big league history aft 10-40, ahead of only the 1897 Louisville Colonels at 7-43, and the 1899 Spiders and 1904 Washington Senators at 9-41.

A controversial fan interference call hurt the Mariners in the eighth. After France was hit on the left hand by a Trevor May pitch leading off and replaced by pinch-runner Sam Haggerty, Julio Rodríguez hit foul fly down the line near the right-field seats.

Ramon Laureano settled under the ball and was about to catch it but a fan raised an arm out of the stands and over the field. Though the fan didn't touch the ball, first base umpire Carlos Torres decided the fan interfered with Laureano's view and called Rodríguez out, a decision upheld in a video review.

Laureano and Carlos Pérez hit RBI singles in the first off Marco Gonzales (4-1). who allowed five hits in six innings with four strikeouts.

Tom Murphy doubled off Luis Medina (0-3) with two outs in the fifth, and Crawford tied the score when he hit his second home run of the season on a 1-0 changeup. Six pitches later, France drove a slider 420 feet into the left-field bullpen for his third home run this season.

Jesús Aguilar, Gonzales' last batter, grounded into a double play that ended the sixth, starting a streak of 11 straight Oakland outs.

Trevor Gott, Justin Topa and Paul Sewald pitched an inning each, completing a five-hitter. Sewald remained perfect in 10 save chances.

Trainer's room

Athletics: Oakland reinstated May (anxiety) from the 15-day IL, and optioned LHP Kyle Muller to Triple-A Las Vegas. Muller, the A’s opening night starter, was 1-4 with an 8.04 ERA in 10 starts.

Up next

Athletics LHP Ken Waldichuk (1-3, 6.85) will start Wednesday. He has walked five or more in each of his past three outings. Mariners rookie RHP Bryce Miller (2-1, 1.42) debuted May 2 and has 22 strikeouts and two walks in his first four starts.

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