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Bleday homers, Estes earns first win as A's beat Mariners 8-1

2024-05-12 13:14 Last Updated At:13:20

SEATTLE (AP) — Rookie starter Joey Estes struck out five in five solid innings after being called up earlier in the day for his first major league win, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Saturday night.

Abraham Toro and Brent Rooker hit run-scoring singles in the two-run third inning to put Oakland up 2-1. Max Schuemann added a three-run double in the eighth and JJ Bleday had a two-run homer in the ninth as Oakland snapped a two-game losing streak. The A’s had lost five of six following a six-game winning streak.

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Seattle Mariners' Cal Raleigh (29) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run as Oakland Athletics second baseman Max Schuemann, back left, looks on during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

SEATTLE (AP) — Rookie starter Joey Estes struck out five in five solid innings after being called up earlier in the day for his first major league win, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Saturday night.

Seattle Mariners' Cal Raleigh, center, celebrates in the dugout after hitting solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Cal Raleigh, center, celebrates in the dugout after hitting solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Abraham Toro watches his RBI single next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Abraham Toro watches his RBI single next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Lawrence Butler (4) scores on a hit by Abraham Toro, next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Lawrence Butler (4) scores on a hit by Abraham Toro, next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Brent Rooker (25) follows through on an RBI single next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Brent Rooker (25) follows through on an RBI single next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Josh Rojas reacts after fouling a ball off, next to Oakland Athletics catcher Kyle McCann during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Josh Rojas reacts after fouling a ball off, next to Oakland Athletics catcher Kyle McCann during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics second baseman Abraham Toro (31) goes to tag Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodríguez on a steal attmpt during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. Rodríguez was tagged out after coming off the bag. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics second baseman Abraham Toro (31) goes to tag Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodríguez on a steal attmpt during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. Rodríguez was tagged out after coming off the bag. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Estes took a liner off his right bicep from Julio Rodríguez in the first inning, but gathered the ball for the throw to first and waved off the trainer as he retook the mound.

“You knew he was locked in when Julio’s line drive went off his biceps and I didn’t realize it,” A's manager Mark Kotsay said. “That kid, I don’t know how to describe him really. You take a line drive like that off the biceps, and don’t have the trainers come out, don’t want it recognized. He came in the dugout and we finally got to him and it was already swollen.”

Cal Raleigh hit his 10th home run, a solo shot in the second inning to put Seattle up 1-0. But Estes settled down and it was all Athletics after that.

A’s starters had allowed 55 runs over the previous six games, including an 8-1 loss to the Mariners on Friday night, before Estes (1-0) was called up to replace fifth starter Joe Boyle (lower back injury). He gave up two hits and walked none on 61 pitches.

“That’s awesome,” Estes said after some hazing in the shower room. “I've worked my whole life to be able to say I got a win, so it’s definitely something I’m going to cherish.”

Bryce Miller (3-3) struck out nine, allowing five hits, but started the costly third inning with one of his two walks, to Lawrence Butler. The speedy right fielder moved to second on Brett Harris’ single and scored on Toro’s single to right field. Rooker’s hit to shallow right scored Harris for the 2-1 lead.

The Mariners had beaten the A’s in 13 of their last 14 dating to the start of the 2023 season. They’ve lost three of their last four and four of six. Seattle had been 12-1 in Miller’s last 13 quality starts.

Relievers Mitch Spence, Austin Adams, Lucas Erceg and Michael Kelly combined to give up one hit over the final four innings. Seattle had just three hits and left just one runner on base.

“Coming into the series, Oakland is much improved,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “They have a different ball club. They tightened up their bullpen and they’ve got guys who can put the ball in play.”

SCHUEMANN'S REVENGE

The Mariners intentionally walked Shea Langeliers to get to Schuemann in the eighth, loading the bases for the shortstop.

“I was a little upset obviously,” Schuemann said. “I took it as, like, a motivational thing. My first swing, I took as big a hack as I could, you know? And then I was like, 'All right, I need to settle down.”

He then sent the ball into the left-field corner to put the game out of reach.

RALEIGH’S BIG BAT

Raleigh is the first AL catcher to hit 10 or more homers in his team’s first 40 games since the Yankees' Jorge Posada in 2003. Three NL catchers have accomplished the feat over the same span.

ROSTER MOVE

The A’s optioned LHP Easton Lucas to Triple-A Las Vegas when they recalled Estes for the start.

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Athletics: LHP Alex Wood (1-2, 5.30) closes out the series. He is 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last three starts.

Mariners: RHP Luis Castillo (3-5, 3.54) is first in the AL and fourth in the majors with 56 strikeouts.

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Seattle Mariners' Cal Raleigh (29) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run as Oakland Athletics second baseman Max Schuemann, back left, looks on during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Cal Raleigh (29) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run as Oakland Athletics second baseman Max Schuemann, back left, looks on during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Cal Raleigh, center, celebrates in the dugout after hitting solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Cal Raleigh, center, celebrates in the dugout after hitting solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Abraham Toro watches his RBI single next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Abraham Toro watches his RBI single next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Lawrence Butler (4) scores on a hit by Abraham Toro, next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Lawrence Butler (4) scores on a hit by Abraham Toro, next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Brent Rooker (25) follows through on an RBI single next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics' Brent Rooker (25) follows through on an RBI single next to Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Josh Rojas reacts after fouling a ball off, next to Oakland Athletics catcher Kyle McCann during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Josh Rojas reacts after fouling a ball off, next to Oakland Athletics catcher Kyle McCann during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics second baseman Abraham Toro (31) goes to tag Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodríguez on a steal attmpt during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. Rodríguez was tagged out after coming off the bag. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Oakland Athletics second baseman Abraham Toro (31) goes to tag Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodríguez on a steal attmpt during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Seattle. Rodríguez was tagged out after coming off the bag. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

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Shaqiri scores stunning goal in Switzerland's 1-1 draw with Scotland at Euro 2024

2024-06-20 09:28 Last Updated At:09:30

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — “Shaq” did it again.

At the age of 32 and having left top-flight European soccer behind to play in MLS, Xherdan Shaqiri is back on the international stage and back scoring again.

His stunning first-half strike secured a 1-1 draw for Switzerland against Scotland at Euro 2024 on Wednesday.

It is the sixth-straight major international tournament in which Shaqiri has scored, dating to the World Cup in 2014.

That’s three World Cups in a row and now three European Championships for the Chicago Fire forward. According to UEFA he is the first player to achieve that feat.

“He proved tonight that he lives and breathes for moments like these,” Switzerland coach Murat Yakin said.

Shaqiri rolled back the years with a first-time curling effort from about 20 meters out at Cologne Stadium.

Scotland led from the 13th minute when Scott McTominay’s shot took a wicked deflection off Fabian Schar to beat Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

But Shaqiri pounced on Anthony Ralston’s loose pass in the 26th to even the match with a left-footed shot into the top corner and past Scotland keeper Angus Gunn.

“If that chance falls to any other player in the Swiss team, it’s not a goal,” Scotland manager Steve Clarke said. “You knew when it was rolling towards Shaqiri it was destined for the back of the net. He’s a top, top player, so you don’t give top, top players that kind of chance.”

Shaqiri’s career has seen him play for some of Europe’s most iconic teams, including Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Liverpool. He joined the Fire two years ago, but in that time has continued to produce for his country on the biggest stage.

“Shaq always gives everything in training,” Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji said. “I don’t know how many other players are able to score that goal.”

The draw leaves Switzerland on four points, second in Group A behind Germany and likely to advance to the round of 16.

Germany became the first nation to advance after a 2-0 win over Hungary earlier in the day.

Scotland’s hopes of making the knockout round depend on its final game against Hungary on Sunday and results elsewhere. No team has failed to advance from the group stage with four points.

Both teams had chances to win the game.

The Swiss should have taken the lead just before the hour mark when Dan Ndoye turned Kieran Tierney on the edge of the box. With just goalkeeper Angus Gunn to beat, Ndoye fired wide of goal.

Grant Hanley then headed against the post from a Scotland free kick and Switzerland’s Zeki Amdouni headed wide at the far post late on.

Scotland has never advanced beyond the group stage of a World Cup or Euros on 11 previous attempts.

But repeated disappointment doesn’t seem to dampen optimism among its fans, who filled Cologne’s square before the game.

Swiss supporters were out in numbers, too, creating a raucous atmosphere in the stadium.

It was certainly a more enjoyable evening for Scotland’s fans than the opening game of the Euros — a 5-1 loss to Germany.

“It was what we expected. It was a good reaction to a disappointing night. We’re still alive in the tournament,” Clarke said.

Goals from Jamal Musiala and İlkay Gündoğan made it two wins from two for host Germany after victory against Hungary and ensured there would be no repeat of its group stage exit from the 2022 World Cup.

Albania substitute Klaus Gjasula scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to hold World Cup semifinalist Croatia to a 2-2 draw in Group B. Gjasula’s own goal, just four minutes after entering the game in the second half, had looked like handing Croatia the win until his late strike.

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Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez, right, fouls Scotland's Billy Gilmour during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez, right, fouls Scotland's Billy Gilmour during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Scotland's Che Adams reacts during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Scotland's Che Adams reacts during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri and team mates celebrate their side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri and team mates celebrate their side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn fails to save a shot by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn fails to save a shot by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri scores his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri scores his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn is unable to stop a shot for a goal by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn is unable to stop a shot for a goal by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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