OAKLAND >> It took a few innings, but the A’s became the first team to finally get to Mariners pitcher James Paxton in a 9-6 victory on Thursday.
Paxton came into the night as one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. He had yet to allow a run in his first 21 innings pitched, striking out 22 batters while walking just four.
But the A’s offense has also been hot lately. After hanging nine runs on the Texas Rangers in Wednesday’s victory, the A’s bats once again came to life, starting in the third inning.
Trailing 3-0, Jaff Decker and Rajai Davis led off the inning with back-to-back singles off of Paxton, bringing Adam Rosales to the plate. Rosales singled to right field to drive in Decker, and a bad throw from Mitch Haniger moved Rosales to second and allowed Davis to score all the way from first to cut the lead to 3-2. After it looked like Paxton was back on track after striking out slugger Khris Davis for the second out of the inning, Ryon Healy doubled down the left field line to bring in Rosales and tie the game at 3-3.
The offense exploded again in the fifth. After Rajai Davis reached third base on a single to center that was mishandled by Leonys Martin, Rosales drove him home with a sacrifice fly to take the lead.
This time Paxton was unable to settle down.
Jed Lowrie doubled and Khris Davis drew a walk, making way for Healy to drive in his second run of the night with an RBI single to extend the lead to 5-3 and knock Paxton out of the…
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