Rodríguez leaves with back tightness, Mariners beat A's 9-5

Julio Rodríguez doubled and scored before leaving with lower back tightness, and the Mariners overcame the loss of the JRod to beat the A’s 9-5.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Julio Rodríguez doubled and scored before leaving with lower back tightness, and the Seattle Mariners overcame the loss of the rookie center fielder to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 on Thursday and avoid a three-game sweep.

Rodríguez slowly walked off the field with a trainer in the bottom half of the first inning. He recently missed three games in Anaheim with a lower back issue.

“Concerning,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “It’s the same area

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