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Matt Joyce, Mark Canha homers in 9th help A’s win despite ugly inning

Matt Joyce, Mark Canha homers in 9th help A’s win despite ugly inning SEATTLE — All of the A’s 2017 bugaboos hit them at once in the seventh inning at Safeco Field: iffy bullpen work, rotten defense and a replay review that did not go their way. In the ninth, they pulled it together again with a five-run rally to topple the Mariners 9-6, ending a four-game losing streak. Rajai Davis started the inning against Steve Cishek, off Seattle’s DL the previous day, with a pinch-hit single. After walks to Jed Lowrie and Trevor Plouffe, the second of which was intentional, Mark Canha provided his third hit of the night: a three-run blast to left-center off former A’s lefty Marc Rzepczynski. Andrew Triggs had another sterling outing Tuesday, but he departed after six and the A’s bullpen, expected to be a team strength, cracked again, allowing Seattle to tie it in the seventh. Ryan Dull gave up two hits with one out, Daniel Coulombe replaced him and hit Jarrod Dyson, but then got what looked to be a perfect inning-ending double-play grounder from catcher Carlos Ruiz. [...] baseman Ryon Healy, who has been mostly a designated hitter this year, let the ball roll right between his legs and into left as two runs scored. Ryan Madson replaced Coulombe and got another potential double-play ball, a grounder to short by Jean Segura, but it was a bang-bang play at first. Healy smacked a two-run blast to left off Chase De Jong in the second, just his second of the season on the road.

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