Mariners 10, Athletics 7
SEATTLE (AP) _ The Seattle Mariners moved into first place in the AL West, rallying from a six-run deficit to beat Oakland 10-7 Friday night on a grand slam by Vince Coleman and a go-ahead homer by Alex Diaz.
A crowd of 51,500 at the Kingdome saw Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez also homer for Seattle, which took a one-game lead over California. The Angels lost their eighth in a row, 8-3 to Texas.
Never before had the Mariners been alone in first place past May during their 19-year history.
Coleman’s first career slam capped a six-run sixth that made it 6-all. Griffey began the inning with his 15th homer, marking the third straight game he’s connected.
Martinez opened the eighth with a homer that tied it at 7. One out later, Diaz hit a pinch-homer for the lead.
The Mariners won their fourth straight game, and have won 11 of 13. The crowd was the largest for Seattle since a club-record 57,806 saw the 1994 home opener against Minnesota.
Jeff Nelson (7-3) pitched one inning for the win and Norm Charlton pitched the ninth for his 12th save. Jim Corsi (2-4) was the loser.
After Martinez hit his 29th home run, Tino Martinez followed with a single. Pinch-runner Rich Amaral was sacrificed to second and Mike Blowers walked, setting up Diaz’s home run.
Brent Gates put Oakland ahead 7-6 with an RBI single off reliever Bill Risley in the seventh. Mark McGwire hit his 35th homer of the year for Oakland.
The Mariners trailed 6-0 when Griffey opened the sixth with a home run. With two outs, Blowers hit an RBI double, Luis Sojo walked and Dan Wilson had an infield single that loaded the the bases.
Coleman followed with his first career slam in 5,268 at-bats. It was his fifth home run of the season.
Rickey Henderson gave the A’s an early lead with a two-out, three-run double in the second off Tim Belcher. McGwire hit a two-run homer in the third and Stan Javier added an RBI single later in the inning.
After allowing six runs and seven hits in the first three innings, Belcher retired 10 in a row before Henderson opened the seventh with a double.
Oakland starter Todd Van Poppel allowed eight hits and six earned runs in six innings.
Notes: McGwire entered the game with an average of 11.76 home runs per 100 at-bats this year. Babe Ruth is the only other player in major league history to average more than 11 per 100 at-bats in a season (11.79 in 1920 and 11.11 in 1927) ... Henderson entered the game batting a major league-leading .411 (30-for-73) with runners in scoring position, including a .472 average (17-for-36) with runners in scoring position and two outs. ... Griffey tied Alvin Davis for most career home runs in the Kingdome with 101 ... Coleman stole his 738th base, tying Max Carey for sixth on the career list.