OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chris Bassitt pitched three scoreless innings less than a month after surgery to repair facial fractures, but the Seattle Mariners rallied against Oakland's bullpen for a 6-5 victory Thursday and a four-game sweep that damaged the Athletics' wild-card hopes.
He took the field to a standing ovation from the crowd of 4,966 and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings -- J.P. Crawford's leadoff single -- struck out four and walked one.
"I am very blessed and thankful for the circle that I have made in baseball," Bassitt said. "When things happen like that, you really find out who's with you and I'm beyond blessed to have the people that I have with me."
Oakland led 3-0 when Abraham Toro hit an RBI double in the fourth. Sean Murphy boosted the lead with a home run in the bottom half, but Cal Raleigh cut the deficit to 4-3 with a two-run homer in the fifth. Mitch Haniger's 35th homer tied the score in the sixth, and Luis Torrens followed with a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jake Diekman (3-3).
Oakland has now lost its season-worst sixth straight home game to fall four games back of the New York Yankees for the second AL wild-card spot.
"I'm proud of this group, even though we've absolutely sucked the last month," Bassitt said. "We haven't done a good enough job to win games."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.