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Mariners give up 9 runs as they fall to the Athletics

21 April 2017, 09:58 | Gladys Abbott

Oakland A's tap Cesar Valdez to start on Thursday

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Cesar Valdez throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday

James Paxton gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. The reason Valdez is being called up is because Kendall Graveman is dealing with a shoulder injury. "80 pitches is the most he had thrown in a game".

Mariners shortstop Taylor Motter tied the game up in the sixth with a two-run home run (4) off Frankie Montas, who has scuffled early coughing up what is now five earned runs in 9-2/3 (4.66 ERA).

Oakland regained a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the inning when Josh Phegley drilled a leadoff double off Evan Scribner (0-2), moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Rajai Davis' groundout. "I'm the kind of guy that would have played through it", Semien said. "I struggled a bit in that second inning and Jed made a great play to keep us on track for the win". "It just kept carrying".

The blast was Plouffe's third of the season and put the A's comfortably ahead 9-5 as they had scored nine runs for the second consecutive game.

"Something is just not clicking right", Altavilla said.

The question, then, would be: Could the Mariners win a game when Paxton wasn't tossing six shutout innings of dominance?

Rays 8, Tigers 1: Steven Souza Jr. came within a single of hitting for the cycle, and Erasmo Ramirez (2-0), Chase Whitley and Tommy Hunter combined on a five-hitter as Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep.

The game started on script. The Mariners roughed up Valdez seemingly on cue.

Paxton was chased two innings later.

This time Paxton was unable to settle down. Paxton entered Thursday's outing having not allowed a run in 21 innings (three starts). Davis followed with a line single to center that moved Decker to third.

Seattle extended its lead to 3-0 in the second inning.

Paxton came back to strike out the next two batters and appeared ready to get out with a lead.

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"I probably should've went and caught it", Motter said.

"It was very exciting for me to get to pitch out here in the major leagues". He went 1-for-3 with a double.

"It was moving", Martin said. Rosales hit a sacrifice fly, bringing Rajai Davis home.

Nationals 3, Braves 2: Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the sixth that erased a 2-1 deficit against R.A. Dickey (1-2), and Washington completed a three-game sweep. Davis drew a walk, and Healy lined an RBI single to left.

The Athletics led 5-3, and that finished Paxton.

The Mariners answered against Montas in the fifth.

It was the first of two RBIs on the night for Healy. The Mariners were back even at 5-5. Mariners 1B Danny Valencia faced the A's for the first time since they traded him to Seattle on November 12 for RHP Paul Blackburn. That produced a run when Robinson Cano grounded a single through the right side.

He allowed three runs and five hits in four innings, struck out four and walked two. Seager struck out three times in four at-bats.

Entering play on Wednesday, the Athletics will be sporting a almost even 7-8 record while now finding themselves in second-place in the American League West division.

"I thought it was going to be a good night for our offense the way we started it", Servais said. "That ball is thrown to the infield".

"It's a bad habit that sometimes middle infielders get into because their hands are so good". Healy had three of the Athletics' 11 hits and drove in two runs...the Mariners had won 15 of their previous 19 games at the Oakland Coliseum.

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