Cruz’s 300th HR, Paxton’s pitching pace Mariners past A’s

The final score was 7-2

Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz hits a three-run home run during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz hits a three-run home run during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his 300th home run and drove in five, James Paxton allowed two hits over seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 on Friday night.

Cruz’s three-run drive in the eighth off Liam Hendricks put Seattle up 6-2. Cruz also had RBI singles in the first and third as Seattle snapped a four-game skid.

Paxton (7-3) did not allow a hit after Marcus Semien’s two-run double in the second.

The left-hander struck out nine, walked three and hit one batter. Nick Vincent pitched a perfect eighth, and Mark Rzepczynski and Steve Cishek finished.

Sean Manaea (7-5) gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings. Manaea, 6-1 in his previous nine starts, struck out three and walked one.