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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Felix Hernandez sweated out most of the last three innings innings from the dugout, watching the seven-run lead he once held on the mound dissolve. For a change, though, King Felix had room for error. Chone Figgins finished a home run short of the cycle and every Seattle Mariners starter had a hit, overcoming a shaky outing from Hernandez and a late rally to beat the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Saturday night. The drama was more than enough for the 2010 AL Cy Young Award to bear. "Its not going to happen again," Hernandez said. "Im not going to give up six runs." If Seattle can keep hitting like this, the staff ace might be able to breathe easier. Figgins two-run double off Bartolo Colon (1-1) highlighted a six-run fourth -- helped by centre fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who misplayed a ball earlier in the inning -- to give Seattle a 7-0 lead. Ichiro Suzuki also had two hits and an RBI and Kyle Seager singled twice as the Mariners took the season-opening series 3-1, splitting the first two in Japan and taking both in Oakland. "Theyve all been tough ballgames, tight balls and different types of ballgames. I think thats a good indicator for us," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. Cespedes atoned for his mistake with a three-run homer against reliever Steve Delabar, the third long ball in four games by the powerful Cuban defector. He also hit a towering shot to centre a night earlier in his stateside debut. Hernandez (1-0) gave up six runs on eight hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out seven and walking one. Brandon League pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save this season, one of four Seattle relievers to hold off Oaklands comeback. A night after chasing Brandon McCarthy in five innings, Seattle quickly pounced on another As starter. Colon allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings, struggling to keep the ball down against a patient Mariners offence. He still seemed to be in control early, striking out three and walking none. "Maybe it was because the first time (in Japan), they dont see me too much," Colon said. "And now, they see me again, and they probably checked a lot of videos and find out the best way to make contact." One misjudgment is all it took to spark the Seattle offence. With a runner on first in the fourth, Cespedes broke in two steps on a line drive to centre by Suzuki until he realized the ball was carrying fast in the thin Bay Area air. He hustled back, leaped for a catch and the ball clipped the top of his glove for a run-scoring triple that started a Seattle surge. "I saw the ball well of the bat, but the way the ball was coming, I lost it a little bit in the stands," Cespedes said. "And when I tried to go back, it was too late." The Mariners sent 10 batters to the plate during the six-run inning. The last came when Figgins lined a two-run double to right that extended Seattles lead to 7-0, bringing out boos for the second straight night from a frustrated fan base thats letting out its displeasure even earlier this season. This time, Oakland didnt go out with a whimper. Hernandez hit Cespedes in the back -- the Cuban said he was "100 per cent sure" it was intentional after he stared at his homer a night earlier -- to load the bases in the bottom of the forth, then forced three fly outs to end the inning. Seth Smiths sacrifice fly to centre put Oakland on the board. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner never looked in rhythm, and the As finally made him pay late. Jemile Weeks sent an 0-1 fastball over the left field fence in the fifth, and Kurt Suzuki doubled to drive in a pair of runs in the sixth, slicing Seattles lead to 8-4 after Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the top of the inning. Hernandez was lifted with an out in the seventh after allowing a pair of singles, giving Oaklands only power source a chance to bat with baserunners. And he didnt disappoint -- again. Cespedes clobbered a three-run homer to right-centre -- not quite the soaring shot he clocked off the second-deck facade in centre Friday -- off Delabar to bring Oakland with a run. But the As never even put another runner on base over the final seven outs. NOTES: Munenori Kawasakis RBI single in the fourth was hit first major league hit. He replaced SS Brendan Ryan, a late scratch because of a stiff neck. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Ryans neck stiffness is not related to last seasons neck injury. "He just slept wrong," Wedge said. ... Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson attended Oaklands batting practice with two of his young children. ... Both teams are off Sunday. Seattle will start RHP Hector Noesi on Monday at Texas, which has Japanese sensation Yu Darvish set to make his major league debut. LHP Tom Milone is scheduled to start for the As on Monday when they host Kansas City, which will have righty Luis Mendoza on the mound. cheap nhl jerseys . Brazil found themselves shockingly behind Mexico before the first minute of the game had even been played and despite flashes of offensive intent and a late marker, were not able to get themselves back into the match. cheap jerseys . Derrick Williams led the Timberwolves (1-1) with 25 points and six rebounds. Kevin Love added six points in 12 first-half minutes. . Cheveldayoff believes his team improved over the weekend with six new players added to their long-term depth chart. cheap nfl jerseys canada . Trust In Defence – The Jets have had a top five defence the past three years under Ryan and theres no reason to expect anything but another year near the top for that unit. cheap cfl jerseys . -- The Orlando Magic have extended a qualifying offer to forward Ryan Anderson, the team announced.WASHINGTON -- The Milwaukee Brewers have little margin for error with a week and a half left in the regular season. On Sunday, a lot of hits kept them close in the playoff scramble. Jonathan Lucroy had a pair of RBI singles and Milwaukee collected 15 hits to beat the Washington Nationals 6-2. Rickie Weeks had three hits while Aramis Ramirez had two doubles for Milwaukee, which twice benefited from outfielders losing fly balls in the sun. The Brewers (79-73) remained 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild-card berth. "Theyre all crucial," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "We know that, but youve just got to go out and play. I thought that we played a good game today." Milwaukee have won 25 of its last 32 games. Washington leads the NL East by 4 1/2 games over Atlanta. The Nationals magic number to clinch the division remains at six. Reliever Brandon Kintzler (3-0) pitched a scoreless sixth inning, striking out Kurt Suzuki with the bases loaded. John Axford recorded the final out with two runners on for his 33rd save. "Its fun. All these games are fun to watch from back there," Kintzler said of the bullpen. "Then suddenly youre in the ballgame. Its intense. Its something Ive been thinking about the whole year, hoping Id be a part of." Ryan Mattheus (5-3) allowed three earned runs on four hits. "I dont think were fun to face right now, as exciting as weve been," said Corey Hart, who scored twice. Milwaukee broke a 2-all tie in the seventh. Weeks singled and Ryan Braun grounded into a forceout. Ramirez doubled to right, putting runners on second and third. After Hart was walked intentionally, Lucroy hit a grounder up the middle. Shortstop Ian Desmond made a diving stop, but couldnt make the play at second and the Brewers led 3-2 with the bases still loaded. The next batter, Carlos Gomez, hit a fly ball to right that was playable, but Jayson Werth lost it in the sun. Gomez wound with an RBI single and another run scored on Jean Seguras groundout. "Its a tough sun. Theres no doubt about it," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. The Brewers added a run in the eighth on Brauns sacrifice fly.dddddddddddd Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Braun led off with a fly ball to straightaway centre and when Bryce Harper lost the ball in the sun, it dropped in and Braun ended up on second with a double. The next batter, Ramirez, hit a fly that Harper had trouble with, but caught. "You cant catch what you cant see. Nothing you can do about it. The sun monster got me," Harper said. "When its right down the middle of the sun its kind of hard. So you try to go left or right, try to get below it. Tried to get below the first one, got below the second one and caught it." Washington starter Chien-Ming Wang, making his first start since June 19, went four innings and gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out two. Wang was starting because Tuesdays rainout and Wednesdays doubleheader meant Sundays scheduled starter, Jordan Zimmermann, would have been working on three days rest. Johnson chose to push Zimmerman back a day. Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo entered the game having won his last eight decisions. He went five innings, allowing two earned runs and six hits. He walked two and struck out five. "It was tough all around. They have pretty good hitters," Gallardo said. "They made me work a lot for sure, fouled off some pretty good pitches." The Brewers have won Gallardos last 11 starts. "Yo battled, his command at times was really good, but overall he was a little off today," Roenicke said. "He certainly did a good job of keeping us in the ballgame." Twice in the first three innings, the Nationals had runners on first and third with one out against Gallardo and didnt score. NOTES: Gomez jammed his quadriceps Saturday trying to beat out a grounder and was already playing with a bruised foot. He pinch hit in the sixth and stayed in the game. ... The Brewers will start Marco Estrada (4-6) in Monday afternoons series finale. Jordan Zimmermann (11-8) pitches for Washington. ... Milwaukees Norichika Aoki saw his hitting streak ended at 12 games. ... Ramirez leads the NL with 49 doubles. cheap jerseys from china ' ' '

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