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Motter's slam lifts Gallardo, Seattle over A's

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OAKLAND -- The Mariners' dormant bats came alive in a big way Sunday, and veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo made it count with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball for his first win of the year as Seattle snapped the A's five-game win streak in an 11-1 runaway at the Coliseum.

Gallardo, 0-5 with a 5.29 ERA in six prior starts against Oakland in his career, had no such troubles in sailing through a four-hit outing with one walk and seven strikeouts, and helped the Mariners avoid their first four-game sweep at the Coliseum since 1992.

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OAKLAND -- The Mariners' dormant bats came alive in a big way Sunday, and veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo made it count with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball for his first win of the year as Seattle snapped the A's five-game win streak in an 11-1 runaway at the Coliseum.

Gallardo, 0-5 with a 5.29 ERA in six prior starts against Oakland in his career, had no such troubles in sailing through a four-hit outing with one walk and seven strikeouts, and helped the Mariners avoid their first four-game sweep at the Coliseum since 1992.

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"It was just a matter of putting everything together, and getting over one bad inning or whatever," Gallardo said. "It's been a rough few games for us, so it was good to get the victory today, and we can build off that. The important thing was to get a win, no matter what."

Seattle won for just the second time in 11 road games, bolstered by a grand slam by shortstop Taylor Motter in the third and a three-run blast by Nelson Cruz in the seventh. Cruz also drew a bases-loaded walk in the third and doubled in a run in the ninth in a five-RBI day.

Video: SEA@OAK: Cruz's crushes a long homer to left

A's right-hander Andrew Triggs, who didn't allow an earned run in 17 2/3 innings over his first three starts, saw that streak snapped when Robinson Cano singled in a run with one out in the first. The 28-year-old wound up allowing six runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter in 4 2/3 innings as he fell to 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA. His streak of 18 innings without giving up an earned run to start a season is the longest ever by an Oakland starter.

Video: SEA@OAK: Cano's single plates one

"[Triggs] just wasn't as precise with his command, and getting behind some guys," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He'll be back at it in five days."

Third baseman Ryon Healy stayed hot for the A's as he doubled and scored in the seventh in a 2-for-4 day and has batted .524 (11-for-21) with four doubles in his last seven games, but Oakland totaled just five hits and fell to 10-9 with the loss.

Video: SEA@OAK: Joyce's sacrifice fly gets Athletics on the board

Rookie Mitch Haniger was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs for Seattle (8-12) as he hiked his average to .321.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Ohhh Motter: The Mariners' utility man, whose fill-in duty for injured shortstop Jean Segura likely ends Tuesday when Segura comes back off the 10-day disabled list, gave Seattle the big hit it has been missing on the road all season with his third-inning slam off Triggs. Motter homered for the fifth time in his past 11 games and this one cleared the bases, and gave Seattle a 6-0 lead as he turned around a 90-mph fastball and drove it an estimated 401 feet, per Statcast™.

"Everybody played well today," Motter said. "I don't think it was just one hit. I'm sure it took a lot off of Yovani's shoulders. He pitched a heck of a game, too. Finally everything came together and it was perfect." More >

Video: SEA@OAK: Motter crushes a grand slam to center

Lending a hand, or glove: Gallardo was strong for 6 1/3 innings, and he got a little help in the sixth when Mike Freeman, filling in for a sore-hipped Kyle Seager, made an outstanding diving catch at third base to rob Jed Lowrie of a hit. With Gallardo advancing to the 90-plus pitch range, Lowrie's liner instead turned into the second out of the inning, and Stephen Vogt followed with a hard shot right at Motter at short to end the inning. Gallardo allowed his lone run in the seventh, but cruised to the win in improving to 1-2 with a 4.84 ERA as Seattle's fifth starter.

Video: SEA@OAK: Freeman dives to snag Lowrie's liner

"It was a changeup up in the zone, and he put a pretty good swing on it," Gallardo said. "I looked over and he laid out and made a great catch, a great play for sure. The guys played pretty good defense behind me today, which is always a good sign."

QUOTABLE
"I said yesterday if we scored 10 runs I would break out some of their gold chains and wear [Cruz's] gold shoes on the plane, so it'll be an interesting ride tonight. It's well worth it." -- Mariners manager Scott Servais

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Haniger extended his streak of reaching base to 24 consecutive games, and the rookie left little doubt, getting on four times with three hits and a walk. He's tied with Jacoby Ellsbury of the Yankees for the longest active streak in the Major Leagues.

WHAT'S NEXT
Mariners: Felix Hernandez (2-1, 3.65 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season for Tuesday's 4:10 p.m. PT series opener in Detroit. The 31-year-old is 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 15 career starts against the Tigers, including 5-2, 3.06 at Comerica Park.

Athletics: The A's have Monday off, and are set to hit the road to begin a three-game series in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels. Right-hander Jesse Hahn (1-1, 3.00 ERA) will look to keep his strong start to the season going when he takes the hill for Tuesday's 7:05 p.m. PT first pitch against the Angels and righty JC Ramirez (2-2, 6.46 ERA).

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based out of the Bay Area, and covered the Athletics on Sunday.