Balfour earns 16th Save as A’s sweep Mariners
Timely home runs and solid pitching are proving to be a nice combination for Oakland as the club makes its postseason push.
Jonny Gomes rocked a three-run homer off an otherwise impressive Seattle starter in Jason Vargas, and Oakland lefty Tommy Milone pitched six strong innings to help the A’s complete a three-game sweep of the Mariners with a 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.
With their third straight victory, the A’s maintained a half-game lead in the American League Wild Card race. The win was also Oakland’s ninth consecutive on the road, its longest streak away from home since 2002.
Grant Balfour worked around a lead off double in the 9th to get his 16th Save with a timely strike out and 2 fly balls in another dominating performance.