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Contending Mariners win for 10th time in 11 games; A's out

The A's had reached the playoffs in three straight years and six of the last nine.
Credit: AP
Oakland Athletics catcher Yan Gomes, center, holds the arm of starting pitcher Frankie Montas (47) during a mound conference after Montas gave up a two-RBI double to Seattle Mariners center fielder Jarred Kelenic during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, in Seattle. The Mariners won 4-2. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners won for the 10th time in 11 games and stayed in the thick of the AL wild-card race with a 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics. 

Ty France’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning gave Seattle the lead and Abraham Toro added some cushion with a home run in the eighth. 

Seattle stayed a half-game behind Boston for the second wild-card slot and is 1 ½ games behind New York for the top spot, trying to end a 20-year drought since last reaching the postseason. 

The loss eliminated Oakland from postseason contention. 

The A's had reached the playoffs in three straight years and six of the last nine.