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Manaea wobbles early in A’s loss, big night for Nelson Cruz

[...] though, the Mariners had taken the lead and they — well, mostly Nelson Cruz — went on to a 7-2 win over the A’s, halting their four-game losing streak and eight-game home skid as well as Oakland’s three-game winning streak. Cruz, tied for the major-league lead with 68 RBIs, drove in five runs, three of them on a homer in the eighth off Liam Hendriks, No. 300 of Cruz’s career. In his final three innings, he threw 22 pitches and gave up one infield single. “I’ll tell you what, he gave us seven innings when it didn’t look like he might give us four, and he really should have given up one run,” manager Bob Melvin said, referring to a flubbed potential double play in the third that extended the inning before Cruz’s RBI single. Cruz provided an RBI single for the Mariners in the first and another in the third. Davis, whose playing time has tailed off substantially since rookie Jaycob Brugman arrived, walked and scored on Marcus Semien’s two-out, two-run double in the third. Davis has a 29-game streak without an RBI, which is the longest of his career and the longest streak by an Oakland player since Allen Battle went 31 games without an RBI from April 19-Aug. Hendriks allowed a double to Mitch Haniger before departing, and Haniger scored on another sacrifice fly by Seager. After missing more than a week with a knee infection that required hospitalization, rookie third baseman Matt Chapman is 1 for his past 18 with nine strikeouts.

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