SEATTLE—The Seattle Mariners have turned their first triple play in 15 years.
Jose Lopez took a chopper by Oakland's Mark Ellis in the fourth inning Monday night and immediately stepped on third base for a forceout. Lopez then threw to second base for a forceout there and Chone Figgins' throw to first baseman Casey Kotchman appeared to arrive at the same time as Ellis' foot hit the bag, but first base umpire Cory Blaser called Ellis out.
Ellis argued the call to no avail. Seattle's lead remained 2-0.
The 5-4-3 triple play was the Mariners' first since July 13, 1995, against Toronto.
It was the 10th triple play for the Mariners, who began play in 1977.