Davis, Blackburn lead Athletics over Mariners 7-4

SEATTLE (AP) Paul Blackburn made the Seattle Mariners pay for trading him away during the offseason.

Khris Davis hit a three-run homer, Blackburn pitched one-run ball into the eighth inning for his first major league victory and the Oakland Athletics beat the slumping Mariners 7-4 on Thursday night.

''Your first start is kind of an out-of-body experience, and then your second start is about performing,'' said Bob Melvin, who got his 500th victory as manager of the Athletics. ''And certainly against the team he was with, got traded from, gets to pitch against them ... a really, really good performance from him.''

Davis' 24th homer propelled a four-run fifth inning that put the Athletics in front 7-0. Marcus Semien, activated off the disabled list Thursday, singled to open the inning, and Yonder Alonso walked. Davis, who struck out in his first two at-bats, sent a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right-center to make it 6-0. Bruce Maxwell added a two-out solo homer, his first, to chase starter Sam Gaviglio (3-4).

''Just tried to stay down in the zone and like I said, I just kept getting in bad counts, hitting counts, and that favors them,'' Gaviglio said.

The only run off Blackburn (1-0) was Mitch Haniger's seventh home run, a solo shot in the fifth. Blackburn, dealt to the A's last season for Danny Valencia, allowed eight hits, did not strike out a batter and walked one over 7 2/3 innings in his second consecutive strong start. He gave up one unearned run in six innings without a decision in his debut on Saturday.

''I was a lot more nervous this start actually than my first one,'' Blackburn said. ''The first one, I don't think it really set in, kind of everything that was going on with the debut and stuff. I was a lot more antsy to get out there and pitch.''

Seattle has lost four straight and nine of 11 since reaching a season-best two games above .500 on June 23.

The Mariners pulled within 7-4 in the ninth on a three-run homer by Valencia, his ninth, off Daniel Coulombe. Santiago Casilla got the final two outs.

Gaviglio was tagged for seven runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings in losing his third consecutive start. He walked three and struck out six.

The Athletics jumped on Gaviglio for three runs in the first. Matt Joyce singled, Semien walked and Alonso doubled to make it 1-0. After Davis struck out, Jed Lowrie one-hopped a two-run double off the wall in right-center.

Blackburn, who pitched at Double-A for Seattle last season, was aided by double plays in each of the first two innings, followed by a pair of baserunning blunders by the Mariners. Haniger doubled to open the third, but then was thrown out at third base trying to advance on a fly out to center. In the fourth, Jean Segura singled to lead off, but he was picked off first and caught in a rundown.

ATHLETICS MOVES

Semien was activated off the 60-day DL (fractured bone in right wrist) and RHP Jharel Cotton was placed on the 10-day DL (right thumb blister). Semien missed 74 games. ''You look at our lineup and all of a sudden it looks like it's got a little more length and some more oomph in it,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''So, it's good to get him back. Obviously, we've missed him.'' Cotton is 5-8 with a 5.17 ERA in 14 starts. RHP Andrew Triggs was transferred from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL (strained left hip).

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Ryan Dull (strained right knee) is scheduled to throw live batting practice in Arizona on Saturday, Melvin said. ... RHP Kendall Graveman (strained right shoulder) was scheduled to throw two 20-pitch bullpen sessions in Arizona on Thursday.

Mariners: DH Nelson Cruz has been hampered by a sore right knee. Cruz was thrown out at second trying for a double on a drive off the wall in left-center in Wednesday's 9-6 loss to Kansas City.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Left-hander Sean Manaea (7-4, 3.75 ERA) is 6-1 with a 2.84 ERA over his last nine starts. He is 1-1 in two starts this season against Seattle.

Mariners: Left-hander James Paxton (6-3, 3.27) still is looking for the early season form displayed before spending most of May on the disabled list. He was 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA in six starts before going on the DL, 3-3 with a 5.15 ERA in seven starts since returning.

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AthleticsOAK38-48
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MarinersSEA41-46
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  • W: P. Blackburn (1-0)L: S. Gaviglio (3-4)
  • HR: OAK - K. Davis (24), B. Maxwell (1), SEA - D. Valencia (9), M. Haniger (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Joyce RF51100014.221.332.414.7461.5
M. Semien SS42100122.179.373.231.6035.0
Y. Alonso 1B42110122.279.375.567.9425.0
K. Davis LF41131122.248.334.522.8578.0
J. Lowrie 2B40220011.287.357.474.8314.5
R. Healy DH30000112.272.304.509.8140.5
B. Maxwell C41211003.305.379.407.7867.0
M. Chapman 3B30000103.138.219.172.3911.0
J. Brugman CF40200012.235.333.318.6512.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS40400000.354.396.486.8824.0
    B. Gamel LF40000003.329.385.461.8460.0
    R. Cano 2B31200100.279.335.489.8244.0
    N. Cruz DH40000004.290.373.507.8800.0
    K. Seager 3B31100000.252.324.411.7353.0
    D. Valencia 1B41131001.272.334.420.7558.0
    M. Haniger RF41211000.273.381.473.8548.0
    J. Dyson CF40100001.247.327.367.6943.0
    M. Zunino C40000001.230.296.469.7660.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alonso (14), J. Lowrie (27), J. Brugman
      • HR - K. Davis (24), B. Maxwell
      • RBI - Y. Alonso (42), K. Davis 3 (60), J. Lowrie 2 (32), B. Maxwell (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Maxwell (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Segura (14), M. Haniger (10)
      • 3B - J. Dyson (3)
      • HR - D. Valencia (9), M. Haniger (7)
      • RBI - D. Valencia 3 (43), M. Haniger (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Semien (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Segura (7)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Brugman
      • DP - Y. Alonso, J. Brugman, M. Semien, J. Lowrie, M. Chapman
      FIELDING
      • DP - R. Cano, J. Segura, D. Valencia, K. Seager
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Blackburn (W, 1-0)7.28111010.660.9521.0
      D. Coulombe0.22330013.001.13-5.0
      S. Casilla0.21000003.941.34-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Blackburn (W, 1-0)7.2
      D. Coulombe0.2
      S. Casilla0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gaviglio (L, 3-4)4.29773624.311.31-9.0
      Y. Gallardo4.11002405.651.4711.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gaviglio (L, 3-4)4.2
      Y. Gallardo4.1
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Coulombe (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Blackburn 104-61, D. Coulombe 14-8, S. Casilla 7-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Blackburn 11-8, D. Coulombe 2-0, S. Casilla 1-1
      • Batters Faced - P. Blackburn 28, D. Coulombe 5, S. Casilla 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 94-58, Y. Gallardo 67-43
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 4-3, Y. Gallardo 6-2
      • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 25, Y. Gallardo 15
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      AthleticsOAK38-48
      3000400007100
      MarinersSEA41-46
      0000100034110
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Joyce RF51100014.221.332.414.7461.5
      M. Semien SS42100122.179.373.231.6035.0
      Y. Alonso 1B42110122.279.375.567.9425.0
      K. Davis LF41131122.248.334.522.8578.0
      J. Lowrie 2B40220011.287.357.474.8314.5
      R. Healy DH30000112.272.304.509.8140.5
      B. Maxwell C41211003.305.379.407.7867.0
      M. Chapman 3B30000103.138.219.172.3911.0
      J. Brugman CF40200012.235.333.318.6512.5
      Total357107251021-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Segura SS40400000.354.396.486.8824.0
        B. Gamel LF40000003.329.385.461.8460.0
        R. Cano 2B31200100.279.335.489.8244.0
        N. Cruz DH40000004.290.373.507.8800.0
        K. Seager 3B31100000.252.324.411.7353.0
        D. Valencia 1B41131001.272.334.420.7558.0
        M. Haniger RF41211000.273.381.473.8548.0
        J. Dyson CF40100001.247.327.367.6943.0
        M. Zunino C40000001.230.296.469.7660.0
        Total34411421010-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Alonso (14), J. Lowrie (27), J. Brugman
          • HR - K. Davis (24), B. Maxwell
          • RBI - Y. Alonso (42), K. Davis 3 (60), J. Lowrie 2 (32), B. Maxwell (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Maxwell (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Segura (14), M. Haniger (10)
          • 3B - J. Dyson (3)
          • HR - D. Valencia (9), M. Haniger (7)
          • RBI - D. Valencia 3 (43), M. Haniger (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Semien (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Segura (7)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Brugman
          • DP - Y. Alonso, J. Brugman, M. Semien, J. Lowrie, M. Chapman
          FIELDING
          • DP - R. Cano, J. Segura, D. Valencia, K. Seager
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          P. Blackburn (W, 1-0)7.28111010.660.9521.0
          D. Coulombe0.22330013.001.13-5.0
          S. Casilla0.21000003.941.34-1.0
          Total9.01144102---
          PITCHERSIP
          P. Blackburn (W, 1-0)7.2
          D. Coulombe0.2
          S. Casilla0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gaviglio (L, 3-4)4.29773624.311.31-9.0
          Y. Gallardo4.11002405.651.4711.0
          Total9.010775102---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gaviglio (L, 3-4)4.2
          Y. Gallardo4.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Coulombe (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - P. Blackburn 104-61, D. Coulombe 14-8, S. Casilla 7-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Blackburn 11-8, D. Coulombe 2-0, S. Casilla 1-1
          • Batters Faced - P. Blackburn 28, D. Coulombe 5, S. Casilla 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 94-58, Y. Gallardo 67-43
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 4-3, Y. Gallardo 6-2
          • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 25, Y. Gallardo 15
          • 9TH INNING
            Valencia homered to center, Cano and Seager scored74
          • 5TH INNING
            Haniger homered to right71
            Maxwell homered to left center70
            Davis homered to right center, Semien and Alonso scored60
          • 1ST INNING
            Lowrie doubled to deep right, Semien and Alonso scored30
            Alonso doubled to deep right, Joyce scored, Semien to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Coulombe Pitching:
            • R. Cano: Cano singled to center
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz grounded out to third, Cano to second
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager hit by pitch
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valencia homered to center, Cano and Seager scored
            • Santiago Casilla relieved Daniel Coulombe
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger grounded out to second
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson tripled to deep right center
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Zunino popped out to pitcher
            • End of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chapman walked
            • J. Brugman: Brugman flied out to center
            • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Joyce grounded into double play third to first, Chapman out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Foul, Foul, Dyson lined out to right
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Segura doubled to left center
            • Daniel Coulombe relieved Paul Blackburn
            • B. Gamel: Gamel grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
            • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Healy grounded out to pitcher, Davis to second
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maxwell grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager fouled out to left
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valencia grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Haniger: Haniger flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • J. Brugman: Brugman singled to center
            • M. Joyce: Joyce reached on fielder's choice to first, Brugman out at second
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino grounded out to second
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Segura singled to center
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Gamel fouled out to third
            • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Cano singled to left, Segura to second
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz reached on fielder's choice to second, Cano out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien singled to left
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Semien stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
            • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Davis homered to right center, Semien and Alonso scored
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie singled to right center
            • R. Healy: Healy grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Lowrie out at second
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Maxwell homered to left center
            • Yovani Gallardo relieved Sam Gaviglio
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman flied out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Valencia: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Valencia grounded out to third
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Haniger homered to right
            • J. Dyson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dyson grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • B. Maxwell: Maxwell singled to left
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Chapman reached on fielder's choice to third, Maxwell out at second
            • J. Brugman: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Brugman struck out looking
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Segura singled to left
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Segura picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Gamel grounded out to third
            • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Cano walked
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cruz lined out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lowrie grounded out to first
            • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Healy struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger doubled to left center
            • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Dyson flied into double play center to third, Haniger out at third
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Zunino fouled out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • J. Brugman: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brugman doubled to deep right
            • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Joyce lined out to left
            • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz flied out to left
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager singled to left
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Valencia grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Seager out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
            • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Foul, Joyce singled to center
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien walked, Joyce to second
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso doubled to deep right, Joyce scored, Semien to third
            • K. Davis: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie doubled to deep right, Semien and Alonso scored
            • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Healy walked
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Maxwell flied out to left
            • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman popped out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Segura singled to center
            • B. Gamel: Pickoff attempt, Gamel grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Segura out at second
            • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cano grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)