An off-night for their stingiest starting pitcher is not something the Oakland Athletics are equipped to overcome.
That Paul Blackburn turned in his most lopsided line this season was unusual, but even the slightest slip would have cost him amid more ineffective A’s offense Wednesday.
A seventh-inning sequence summed up a 9-0 A’s loss. Seattle manager Scott Servais began to empty his bench as his lineup began a fifth turn. Pinch-hitters Abraham Toro and Kevin Padlo struck hits against Lou Trivino, further padding the Mariners’ lead.
The Mariners tagged Blackburn for season-highs in runs (7) and hits (10) allowed. Cal Raleigh, their No. 9 hitter, and Jesse Winker homered against Blackburn, who’d allowed three total home runs in his previous 13 starts. His ERA rose from 2.26 to 2.97.
“I feel like I threw some good pitches and they hit them — and they hit the bad pitches too,” Blackburn said. “Just one of those nights where they were locked in and when I had to make a pitch I couldn’t make a pitch.”
Blackburn had held the Mariners to one hit over 5 ⅓ innings in Seattle on May 25. He allowed two doubles in a three-batter span to start Wednesday’s game. J.P. Crawford hit the first on an 0-2 fastball, which Blackburn cited as an example of not finishing an advantageous count.
Rookie Julio Rodríguez sent a ground-rule double to center to plate Crawford, then added to Blackburn’s…