Davis, Blackburn lead Athletics over Mariners

The final score was 7-4

Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz lines out against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz lines out against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Khris Davis hit a three-run homer, Paul Blackburn pitched one-run ball into the eighth inning for his first major league victory and the Oakland Athletics beat the slumping Seattle Mariners 7-4 on Thursday night.

Davis’ 24th homer propelled a four-run fifth inning that put the Athletics in front 7-0.

Marcus Semien, activated off the disabled list Thursday, singled to open the inning, and Yonder Alonso walked.

Davis, who struck out in his first two at-bats, then sent a 1-1 pitch over the wall in center to make it 6-0.

Bruce Maxwell added a two-out solo homer, his first, to chase starter Sam Gaviglio (3-4).

The only run off Blackburn (1-0) was Mitch Haniger’s seventh home run, a solo shot in the fifth.

Blackburn allowed eight hits, did not strike out a batter and walked one over 7 2/3 innings in his second consecutive strong start. He gave up one unearned run in six innings without a decision in his debut on Saturday.