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Resilient A’s stop Seattle, pick up 3rd win in a row
April 20, 2017
Before Thursday’s game, A’s manager Bob Melvin used the word “moxie” in reference to starter Cesar Valdez, making his first big-league appearance in nearly seven years. Oakland bounced back from an early deficit to take the lead and end James Paxton’s scoreless start to the season, withstood a game-tying rally by the Mariners, and won 9-6 at the Coliseum. “It looks like guys are running to the plate to hit,” leadoff man Rajai Davis said. Valdez, making a spot start while Kendall Graveman is on the disabled list, hadn’t worked in the big leagues since May, 2010. “The last seven years, I didn’t really think I’d get a chance to come back to pitch in the major leagues, so it was exciting for me to come out and pitch,” Valdez said, with Juan Dorado interpreting. Rosales knocked an opposite-field single to right, sending in Decker, and when Mitch Haniger’s throw banged off the second-base bag, Davis scored, too. Paxton struck out the next two batters before Ryon Healy ripped a double down the third-base line to tie the game. Jed Lowrie — who turned in two nice defensive plays in the second inning — doubled with one out, Khris Davis walked and Healy banged a base hit to left to send in Lowrie and put Oakland up 5-3. Trevor Plouffe, who struck out in his first three at-bats, hammered a three-run homer to left off Dan Altavilla in the seventh.