Cruz blast powers Mariners past A’s

Win snapped a 3-game skid for Seattle

Mariners' Nelson Cruz is congratulated by teammate Logan Morrison after hitting a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Mariners' Nelson Cruz is congratulated by teammate Logan Morrison after hitting a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his first home run for Seattle and Brad Miller threw out a runner at the plate in the 10th inning and doubled in the go-ahead run in the 11th, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Saturday.

Cruz, signed to a $57 million, four-year contract as a free agent, hit a three-run drive in the eighth off Dan Otero to put the Mariners in front 4-2. Oakland tied the score in the bottom half on RBI doubles by Ben Zobrist off Danny Farquhar and Brett Lawrie against Carson Smith.

Logan Morrison singled against Fernando Abad (0-1) leading off the 11th, advanced on Dustin Ackley’s sacrifice and scored when Miller sliced a fastball into the left-field corner for an opposite-field hit.

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