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A’s top Mariners, first win for Paul Blackburn, No. 500 for Melvin

Blackburn turned in another super outing to help Oakland beat the Mariners 7-4, earning his first big-league victory and helping Bob Melvin get his 500th win as manager of the A’s. “I was a lot more nervous this start than the first one,” said Blackburn, who has allowed one earned run in 132/3 innings overall. Blackburn went 72/3 innings and allowed eight hits Thursday, but he got double-play balls in the first and second (the latter by Danny Valencia, whom the A’s traded to Seattle in November to acquire Blackburn), and he picked off Jean Segura in the fourth. “This lineup is never easy to face, and tonight he made it look easy,” catcher Bruce Maxwell said. [...] your second start is about performing, and certainly, against the team he was traded from, he pitches into the eighth inning, throws the ball where he wants to. ... The A’s welcomed shortstop Marcus Semien back to the lineup after he missed three months with a right wrist fracture that required surgery. Semien walked in his first plate appearance and scored on a two-run double by Jed Lowrie. Semien singled to open the fifth, stole second and scored on Khris Davis’ three-run homer off Sam Gaviglio. Valencia hit a three-run homer in the ninth against his former club, a drive to left-center off Daniel Coulombe.

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