OAKLAND - The A's continued their recent offensive outburst Monday evening, jumping all over the Seattle Mariners early and then hanging on for a 7-6 victory at the Coliseum.
The win moved the games within two games of the Houston Astros for the lead in the West and opened up some much needed breathing room in the Wild Card chase as well. It also snapped the Mariners four-game win streak and dropped them 2.5 games back in the Wild Card standings.
--- Matt Chapman isn't just one of the best fielders in Major League Baseball, he's also found a groove at the plate. The A's third baseman came into Monday night riding a career-best 10-game hitting streak and he's reached base safely in 26 straight games. He extended that both streaks early with a double down the line off the top of Kyle Seager's glove.
Chapman finished 3-for-5 on the evening with three doubles and three runs. He also survived a scare in the third evening when he slid into second and jammed his left hand into the bag.
--- With the victory, Sean Manaea moved to within one win of his career-high of 12, which he set last season. The 26-year-old is the lone starter remaining from the A's opening day rotation. Manaea is now 11-8 on the season and he's the only A's starter on the staff with more than six wins on the season.
--- Jed Lowrie is returning to form. After struggling with a leg injury over the last month, the veteran second baseman has a five-game hit streak after finishing -for- with - RBI against the Mariners. He's hitting (5-16) over the stretch after batting just .169 (14-for-83) over the previous 23 games.
--- Blake Treinen inherited a bases-loaded, no-out situation from Jeurys Familia in the ninth. He struck out the first batter, before allowing a run on a wild pitch to make it 7-4. Mitch Haniger ripped a single to left to make the score 7-6, but Treinen settled down to pick the final two outs for his 31st save of the season.
--- The A's haven't been within two games of the Astros since April 2, which was the fifth game of the 2018 MLB season.
--- Oakland improved to 49-0 on the season when leading after seven innings and 58-0 on the season when leading after the eighth.