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A’s beat Seattle; Chris Smith solid in first start

SEATTLE — He wasn’t exactly blowing hitters away in his first-ever big-league start, yet Chris Smith turned in some nice work as a fill-in for Oakland on Saturday. At 36 the oldest A’s pitcher ever to make his first big-league start, Smith threw six solid innings and left with the game tied. The A’s went on to beat the Mariners 4-3 with the late-game heroics of Ryon Healy, who followed an intentional walk to Yonder Alonso by drilling a ground-rule double to right off Edwin Diaz. Smith, whose fastball registered 86 mph most of the evening, allowed three runs and six hits, including a solo homer by Jarrod Dyson in the fifth that tied the game. Dyson doubled and scored on Jean Segura’s one-out double in the third, and Ben Gamel added an RBI single that inning. Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle and Santiago Casilla each worked scoreless innings in relief, with Doolittle earning the win and Casilla the save, his 15th in 19 chances. The A’s scored first, with Healy leading off the second against Andrew Moore with a base hit, moving up on a single by Bruce Maxwell and scoring on Jaycob Brugman’s two-out hit. Alonso, bound for Miami and the All-Star Game next week, walloped his 20th homer with two outs in the third, and Marcus Semien, who missed three months with a right wrist fracture, hit his fourth homer of the season in the fifth, his first since coming off the disabled list.

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