Facing the organization that traded him in the offseason, Paul Blackburn picked up his first career win and gave the Oakland Athletics bullpen some much-needed rest.
Blackburn cruised over 7 2/3 innings to his first career win in a 7-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners, allowing just one run on eight hits. He did not record a strikeout, but allowed just one walk.
The A’s offense struck for three runs in the first inning against San Gaviglio, two of which came on Jed Lowrie’s two-run double. It was his 27th double of the year.
Khris Davis added a three-run homer in the fourth inning, his 24th of the year. Bruce Maxwell followed shortly thereafter with his first home run of the season and the second of his career.
Blackburn only faced issues from two Mariner batters, Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura. Segura went 4-for-4, while Haniger’s solo homer was the only run Blackburn allowed.
Haniger’s homer was a brief triumph for Seattle in a battle of Bay Area natives. Haniger was raised in Santa Clara, while Blackburn hails from Brentwood.
Danny Valencia, who was traded to Seattle in the offseason for Blackburn, hit a three-run homer off Daniel Coulombe to cut the deficit to 7-4 in the ninth, but Santiago Casilla recorded the final two outs to pick up the save and hand Seattle an eighth straight home loss.