For the second time in three games, Mariners relievers combined to toss four hitless innings. Steve Delabar, Brandon League, Lucas Luetge and Shawn Kelley accomplished the feat in relief of Hector Noesi in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles. Delabar, Kelley and Tom Wilhelmsen also did it in Monday's 6-3 win over the Orioles. The Mariners, who also got four hitless innings from their bullpen in a 7-4 win over the Giants on June 16, are the only team in the Majors to pull that off multiple times this year. Athletics: Griffin helps tie team record
A.J. Griffin gave up two runs, only one of them earned, on three hits in the A's 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday. That game marked the sixth in a row in which the A's starting pitcher gave up no more than one earned run, tying a team record. A's starters have allowed two or fewer runs in 18 of their last 20 games. As a team, the A's have posted a 2.35 ERA and held opponents to a .191 batting average over their last 20 games. The A's boast the American League's top team ERA this season at 3.43. Worth noting
With a win in their series finale over the Red Sox on Wednesday, the A's improved to 74-82 (.474) all time on July 4 and 24-19 (.558) on Independence Day since moving to Oakland. The Mariners fell to 16-18 on July 4 all time with a loss to the Orioles.
Brandon Moss homered in the second inning of Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, extending the A's streak to 15 games in a row with a home run. That's the team's longest such streak in more than a decade. The A's homered in 17 straight games from April 12-May 1, 2002.
Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki and Iwakuma became the first trio of Japanese-born players to start in a Major League game when Iwakuma started on the mound Monday.
Despite Jesus Montero, who left the game after being hit in the mask with a foul ball, and Miguel Olivo combining to go 0-for-4 Wednesday, Mariners catchers are still on pace to break the team record for highest slugging percentage from players at that position. They are currently slugging .453, with the team record set in 2007 at .429.