A's on brink of franchise record after another loss to Mariners


To say that the Seattle Mariners have the Athletics’ number would be an understatement. 

With a 7-6 loss to the Mariners on Monday at T-Mobile Park, the A’s got one step closer to making unfortunate franchise history in a season that is trending south.

The A’s lost their 13th straight game to the Mariners, matching their longest losing streak against a single team in Oakland history. It is also now the longest active streak in baseball, topping the Los Angeles Angels' current 12-game winning streak over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Monday’s tilt was the first of a three-game series in Seattle and also the first clash between the AL West rivals this season.

The last time the A’s lost 13 straight games to a team was to Cleveland in a streak that began in May 1994 and ended in July 1995. Oakland also lost 13 straight to the Baltimore Orioles from 1977 to 1979 and to the Texas Rangers from 1977 to 1978.

The A’s lost 12 straight to the then-Anaheim Angels from 1996 to 1997. 

The A’s got close to ending the skid on Monday, clawing back from a 7-3 deficit to cut the deficit to one thanks to a three-run sixth inning. That followed up a three-run fourth inning that started with a home run by Chad Pinder to put the A’s on the board.

But starter Zach Logue allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, and the A’s lost for the seventh time in nine games. The Mariners’ runs all came via the long ball, with Julio Rodriguez, Cal Raleigh and Eugenio Suarez accounting for Seattle's offense.

The A’s will look to avoid the black mark of losing a franchise-record 14th straight game to the Mariners on Tuesday, and it will be James Kaprielian -- who is winless in four starts this season -- taking the mound. 

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