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Athletics Beat Mariners 4-3 To Complete Sweep

SEATTLE (AP) - Kurt Suzuki and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit long solo home runs, and Oakland's Chris Carter added the go-ahead RBI single as the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Sunday to complete a season-ending four-game sweep.

Oakland finished 81-81 for its first non-losing season since winning the AL West with 93 wins in 2006. Dallas Braden (11-14) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings.

Suzuki's homer on the first pitch of the fourth inning gave the A's a 2-0 lead. Seattle pulled even in the fifth on Ichiro Suzuki's two-out, two-run double, but Carter came through in the sixth with a bases loaded single off Anthony Varvaro (0-1).

Kouzmanoff added a little insurance in the eighth with a solo shot off Garrett Olson, his 16th homer of the season.

Seattle finished at 61-101, its second 101-loss season in the last three years.

Sunday could have been the crowning moment for Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, who could have made one more turn on normal rest.

Seattle missed on an opportunity to showcase Hernandez on the final day of the regular season and give him another chance to strengthen his AL Cy Young Award credentials. But Mariners management erred on the side of caution, noting Hernandez's league-best 249 2-3 innings was already the highest of his career. The 24-year-old also led the AL in ERA, opponents batting average against and was second in strikeouts, one behind the Angels' Jered Weaver.

Hernandez was relegated Sunday to standing on the dugout railing and acknowledging a standing ovation from the 23,263 in attendance following a video tribute on the big screen in the middle of the third inning.

That was about the most exciting moment for Mariners fans, a far cry from a year earlier when Ken Griffey Jr. and Ichiro Suzuki were carried around the field on teammates' shoulders after a surprising 85-win season.

Ichiro Suzuki's double providing a brief jolt, giving the All-Star his 213th hit. He added a single in the eighth for No. 214 and scored on Justin Smoak's two-out single.

Mark Ellis gave Oakland a 1-0 lead in the third with a two-out RBI double to score Rajai Davis, who barely beat a potential double play to keep the inning going. Kurt Suzuki's homer into the A's bullpen in left field was his 13th.

Oakland then took the lead in the sixth off Varvaro, with Ellis scoring on Carter's sharp single.

Neither starter pitched past the fifth. Seattle's Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up two runs and four hits in five innings.

Craig Breslow got four outs for his fifth save in seven opportunities.

Seattle center fielder Franklin Gutierrez set a major league record for the most chances in an entire season without committing an error. Gutierrez was the designated hitter on Sunday, ensuring the record. He played 146 of his 152 games in center field this season and was perfect in his 314 chances. The previous mark was 396 by Curt Flood with St. Louis in 1966.

NOTES: Sunday was the final game for Seattle video coordinator Carl Hamilton after 21 years. Hamilton is retiring at the end of the calendar year. He threw out the first pitch to former Mariners C Dan Wilson. ... Seattle OF Ryan Langerhans and IF/OF Matt Tuiasosopo will each have surgery next week to remove bone chips from their elbows. ... Oakland 1B Daric Barton did not start because of a strained quadriceps. He pinch hit in the sixth and struck out.

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