A’s behind the pitching of Paul Blackburn and the hitting of Khris Davis, win their third straight game 7-4

July 6, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis is greeted at the plate during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Seattle- The Oakland A’s won their third straight game as they downed the Seattle Mariner 7-4 Thursday night. Rookie Paul Blackburn, making his second start of the season, pitched deep into the game to win his first game as a member of the A’s. Blackburn went seven and two-thirds innings and allowed eight hits and just one run. A’s manager Bob Melvin had to be thrilled with Blackburn’s performance. The A’s also welcomed back Marcus Semien from the 60-day DL. Semien last played on April 14th and was out of action due to a broken bone in his wrist. To make room for Semien, the A’s placed Jharel Cotton on the 10-day DL.

The A’s got off to a good start in the first inning as they scored three times off Mariners starter Sam Gaviglio. With two men on, Yonder Alonso doubled to right to drive in Joyce with the A’s first run. Marcus Semien advanced to third on the play. Jed Lowrie, who is having a terrific season so far this year, stroked his 27th double of the year to deep right field to drive in two more runs.

The A’s scored four more in the top of the fifth. Khris “Krush” Davis, with two men aboard, unloaded his 24th homer of the year to make it 6-0. A’s catcher, Bruce Maxwell hit a solo homer to up the lead to 7-0, and that sent Gaviglio to the showers. The Mariners got a run on the board in their half of the fifth when Max Haniger hit his seventh of the year with no one on to cut the lead to 7-1.

The A’s were done scoring for the night, but Seattle rallied in the bottom of the ninth when their first baseman, former Athletic Danny Valencia and the man the A’s traded to Seattle for Blackburn, hit a three-run homer off lefty Daniel Coulombe. Melvin brought in his closer, Santiago Casilla, to finish the game and Casilla retired the last two Mariners to secure the win for Oakland.

Game Notes- The A’s Announced that Chris Smith will pitch in Cotton’s spot in the rotation. They also announced that Andrew Triggs has been placed on the 60-day DL as he struggles to recover from hip issues.

Game two of the four-game series will feature a battle between two left-handed pitchers. Sean Manaea (7-4, 3.75 ERA) will go for Oakland and he will be opposed by James Paxton ( 6-3, 3,27 ERA) The game will be played at Safeco Field in Seattle and game time will be at 7:05 pm.

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