OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -
knew his first big league victory was coming. He never saw J.J. Putz, though, and caught his first shaving cream pie full
in the face.
''Now I have to shower again,'' Corcoran said, smiling. ''It's a good feeling to get the first one.''
hit a three-run double,
drove in two runs and the
ended a three-game slide with a 6-4 victory over the
on Wednesday night.
Beltre finished with three hits and
also drove in a run for the Mariners, who helped Corcoran (1-0) win his first big league game with 2 2-3 innings of scoreless
''I'm just going to pick a ball up and call it the game ball,'' Corcoran said. ''It doesn't matter if it's real or not. I'm
sure my family is happy.''
drove in three runs and
snapped out of an 0-for-18 slump with a home run for the A's, who lost at home to the Mariners for the 11th time in 14 meetings
singled three times. His last 34 hits have all been singles, and he's gone a career-long 114 plate appearances without an
left the game with a right groin strain after throwing three pitches in the third inning. He walked gingerly behind the mound
after delivering a 1-1 pitch to Murphy, then was escorted off the field by Mariners head trainer Rick Griffin.
''That's the fourth time since I've been here that a starter has left the game early,'' Mariners' manager Jim Riggleman said.
''And every time the bullpen has held on. It's frustrating because Miguel was really firing.''
Batista was making his second start since being removed from the rotation following his start on June 7 against the
Boston Red Sox
. He allowed Cust's home run leading off the second inning and did not walk a batter with one strikeout.
Ryan Rowland-Smith took over for Batista and allowed three runs on five hits in 1 1-3 innings. Corcoran entered the game with
two runners on in the fourth and retired eight of the nine hitters he faced to win his first game in 36 big league appearances.
''Down 4-1, we've lost three in a row and had great pitching,'' Riggleman said. ''It could have been discouraging, but these
guys held their heads up.''
combined to set down 17 of the final 19 Oakland hitters, with Morrow remaining perfect in eight save chances.
(5-12) became the AL's first 12-game loser and matched
's 1982 Oakland record for most losses before the All-Star break.
''As the innings went along I didn't lose focus and I didn't feel pressure,'' Blanton said. ''For whatever reason, some innings
I'm making good pitches to get out of innings and some I'm not. That's kind of the way it's going. I didn't make quality pitches.
I'm leaving them up in the zone and giving them a chance to hit them.''
Blanton gave up six runs and nine hits, striking out two without walking a batter. He dropped to 2-6 over his last eight starts
with an ERA of 6.75 over that span.
''The first four innings he threw great,'' A's catcher
said. ''Then he gets a couple of bad breaks and good players will make you pay.''
Notes: A's DH
rejoined the team in Oakland to begin baseball-related activities as he recovers from right quadriceps tendinitis. ... Rowland-Smith's
in the fourth ended a 20-inning streak without issuing a base on balls. ... A's RHP
, part of the trade that sent RHP
to the Cubs, was in San Francisco on Thursday, Chicago on Friday and Oakland on Tuesday. He'll wear No. 36, a tribute to his
father who originally gave him the number as a kid and given up by A's 1B coach
. ... Blanton leads the majors with nine home losses.