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SEATTLE (AP) — Austin Jackson's bases-loaded, two-run single in the fifth inning capped Seattle's comeback from a five-run deficit and led the Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Down 5-0 entering the fourth inning, Nelson Cruz sparked Seattle's comeback with his major league-leading 38th home run, a solo shot off Jesse Chavez.
He extended his streak of reaching base safely to 35 straight games.
Logan Morrison, on his 28th birthday, finished the fourth-inning rally with a two-run shot, his 13th, off the foul pole in right.
The Mariners added three runs in the fifth, finishing with Jackson's two-out, go-ahead single that chased Chavez (7-13).
Chavez, who tied Cleveland's Corey Kluber for the most losses in the American League, worked 4 2-3 innings, allowing eight hits and six runs. He walked two and struck out three. He is 0-5 in 15 career appearances against Seattle.
Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer to highlight Oakland's four-run second inning as the A's chased Mike Montgomery, who lasted just 1 2-3 innings. Montgomery gave up five runs and seven hits in the shortest of his 16 big-league career starts.
Edgar Olmos (1-0), taking over for Montgomery with two outs in the second, earned the victory. He worked a career-best 3 2-3 innings and allowed three hits and no runs. His previous best was 1 2-3 innings.
Billy Burns had three hits for Oakland.
The A's left at least one runner on base in every inning, 12 total.
Mariners: LHP Joe Beimel, placed on the DL on Aug. 21 with left shoulder inflammation, has begun playing catch. ... LHP Charlie Furbush, out since July 9 with left biceps tendinitis, will seek a specialist in New York to treat him. ... LHP James Paxton is expected to throw 65 to 70 pitches Friday in his second rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma. He has been on the DL since May 29 with a strained middle finger.
A's: LHP Felix Doubront, who left Monday's game after two innings with a right foot contusion after being hit by a line drive, was sore Tuesday. "We'll see how he is tomorrow," manager Bob Melvin said. "Then we'll come up with some sort of game plan to see if he's going to start or not."
Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (14-8, 3.74) has been well below his standard over his past five starts, 2-3 with an 8.48 ERA. But he has had the A's number for most of his career. In 39 career starts, Hernandez is 20-8 with a 2.63 ERA. He has a 10-5 record at Safeco Field and a 2.63 ERA in 17 starts.
A's: Since he was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on July 25, RHP Chris Bassitt (1-5, 2.48) is 1-3 in six starts with a 2.18 ERA, the fifth-lowest in the AL during that span. He had worked at least six innings in all six starts, has walked just eight and struck out 36. He has received one run or less in six of his nine starts.
A's catcher Stephen Vogt pulled off an obscure and rare achievement this week. He has had two hits in one inning in consecutive games. He had two doubles in the A's seven-run fifth inning Monday. On Sunday against Tampa Bay, he had a double and a single in the A's seven-run seventh. Statistical powerhouse Elias Sports Bureau discovered that he is the first Athletic ever to do that and the first player since Colorado's Cory Sullivan on April 8-9, 2006.
Robinson Cano had a seventh-inning bloop double into shallow left field, giving him 30 for his 11th straight season. He becomes the sixth player to do that for at least 11 consecutive seasons. The others were: Stan Musial (13), Honus Wagner (13), Tris Speaker (12), Joe Medwick (11) and Ed Delahanty (11). Cano is the 26th player, dating to 1901, with at least 11 30-double seasons. He is the first to open his career with 11 straight. The previous record was 10 by Albert Pujols.
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