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    OAKLAND Yasmani Grandal Jersey , Calif. (AP) — James Paxton knows he will be pitching in plenty of meaningful games during the stretch run, and now that he is healthy and back on the mound it provides a big boost for Seattle’s playoff chances.Paxton returned from the disabled list to strike out 10 batters over five innings, Ben Gamel hit a two-run double, and the Mariners held off the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Saturday night in a matchup of contenders with a knack for comebacks.“You always want to be part of this kind of thing,” Paxton said. “We’re in the race. We’ve played some good games here against these guys and hopefully we can come out and get the series win tomorrow.”Jean Segura had a two-run single in the fifth, an inning after he was hit by a pitch. He finished with three hits, helping Seattle pull within 4 1/2 games of Oakland for the second AL wild card.Khris Davis hit his majors-leading 40th home run to start the eighth for Oakland, giving him three straight 40-homer seasons . He joined Jimmie Foxx from 1932-34 as the only players in A’s history to accomplish that feat.“It’s just miraculous numbers that he puts up,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve had a long history of power hitters here, and to be with Jimmie Foxx and that kind of company, and we’re still looking at close to a month left, he’s been as consistent a power hitter as anybody who’s been in Oakland.”Marcus Semien added a two-run double in the eighth and left fielder Denard Span’s blunder trying to scoop up the ball allowed a third run to score to make it 8-7.Edwin Diaz walked Jed Lowrie to begin the ninth and put the tying run aboard, and then recovered to strike out the side for his club-record 51st save in 55 opportunities.With an ailing rotation , the A’s made a day-of change to start September call-up reliever Liam Hendriks (0-1) — a philosophy Tampa Bay employed this season — and then manager Bob Melvin eventually went to regularly scheduled starter Daniel Mengden after two other relievers.After Gamel’s double in the second got the Mariners going, Seattle scored two of its three runs in the third on errors.Mark Canha hit two-run homer in the fifth for the A’s, who struck out 18 times.Paxton (11-5) pitched for the first time since getting hit on his left forearm by a line drive Aug. 14 at Oakland. He allowed three runs on two hits and walked four, and while he felt rusty he knows he will likely be sharper the next time out as he works on a more consistent release point.“A game we needed to have tonight,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We got out offensively really good. I thought our at-bats were outstanding against a number of different pitchers.”The lefty clapped his hand into his glove after retiring Davis on a strikeout to end the fifth following consecutive two-out walks to Matt Chapman and Lowrie.Ryon Healy had a pair of hits against his old club as the Mariners won for just the second time in six games.Seattle’s Mitch Haniger doubled leading off the fourth to match his career high with a 13-game hitting streak.Mengden wound up working the third and fourth innings as the A’s used nine pitchers. That matched the most for any game in Oakland history and was the highest number used in a nine-inning game.MAXWELL DEPARTSAs Oakland made September call-ups, the A’s designated catcher Bruce Maxwell for assignment, possibly ending his tenure with the club.In July, Maxwell was sentenced to two years of probation on a disorderly conduct charge, nearly three months after he pleaded guilty to the charge in a gun-related incident. Police said Maxwell had pointed a handgun at a woman who delivered food to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, in October.“I don’t think it was a distraction for us,” Melvin said of Maxwell’s legal issues.The A’s made it a priority to promote catcher Beau Taylor, one of eight players added Saturday Clayton Kershaw Jersey , and he caught the ninth to make his major league debut.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP Marco Gonzales, on the DL retroactive to Aug. 24 with a strained neck muscle, has been throwing in recent days and is getting closer to throwing a bullpen session, Servais said.Athletics: OF Matt Joyce came off the 10-day DL as expected when rosters expanded. He had been out since July 5 with a strained lower back.UP NEXTRight-hander Felix Hernandez (8-12, 5.49 ERA), long the bane of Oakland batters, starts the series finale for Seattle opposite A’s righty Edwin Jackson (4-3, 3.03). Hernandez seeks his first victory in nine outings since beating the Royals on June 30, a span during which he’s 0-6. MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers played long ball with homers by Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas. It was a small-ball play by Orlando Arcia that was the game-changer.With the Brewers clinging to a one-run lead in the sixth, Arcia pushed a bunt down the first-base line past Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell for a two-run double in a 7-4 victory over the Pirates on Friday night.“I just knew that run was important and we needed to find a way to get it in,” Arcia said through translator Carlos Brizuela. “I was just trying to hit it on the ground that way. I wasn’t really trying to get it over the bag, but I’m glad I did.”Arcia added two other hits and helped the Brewers stay 1 ½ games behind first-place Chicago in the NL Central.Yelich belted a two-run homer to center off Pirates starter Chris Archer in the first to give the Brewers an early lead. Shaw followed two batters later with a solo shot to stake Milwaukee to a 3-0 advantage.The Pirates threatened in the second. With a runner on and one out , Cain leaped above the wall in center, robbing Jordy Mercer of a home run.“He’s doing things all over the field. He’s making his presence felt,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s something to behold.”Shaw agreed.“He’s just impressive to watch. Defensively, he’s made so many of those plays this year, it’s hard to keep track,” Shaw said.Pittsburgh broke through in the third against Milwaukee starter Gio Gonzalez on Jordan Ludlow’s run-scoring triple. Ludlow then scored on Francisco Cervelli’s sacrifice fly.Pablo Reyes‘ first career homer, a solo shot in the fifth, tied the score.“He’s got no fear in his swing. He likes to hit, he likes to swing the bat,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s a young kid, getting an opportunity.”The Brewers regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Jesus Aguilar.Milwaukee extended the lead to 6-3 on Arcia’s bunt against Pirates reliever Steven Brault. Arcia then stole third, but was cut down at the plate trying to score on Cain’s grounder to short.Moustakas’ solo home run into the second deck in right in the seventh gave the Brewers a four-run advantage.Pittsburgh pulled within 7-4 in the eighth on Josh Harrison’s RBI double.Corbin Burnes (5-0) picked up the win in relief. Jeremy Jeffress pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 12th save in 17 chances.Gonzalez, making his second start for the Brewers since being acquired from the Washington Nationals Sandy Koufax Jersey , gave up three hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings.Archer surrendered six hits and four runs in five innings. He slipped to 1-3 in the National League and 4-8 this season after being traded from the Rays in July.REPLACING POLANCOWith Polanco out of the lineup, four players will compete for time in right field, Hurdle said. Adam Frazier, Jordan Luplow, Pablo Reyes and rookie Kevin Kramer, who was called up Sept. 4, likely will share right-field duties for the remainder of the season.“It’s going to be a daily decision on who we want to play second base and do we want to move Kramer to third base,” Hurdle said. “We did that the other day.”Luplow got the start in right on Friday night.CONTRACT EXTENSIONThe Brewers and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, their Class A affiliate, agreed on a contract extension that will run through the 2022 season.“One of the best minor league relationships I’ve ever been a part of. It’s a first-class organization,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said.MAGIC NUMBERYelich and Shaw belted their 29th homers of the season in the first inning. Yelich has reached base in 29 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the National League.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: OF Gregory Polanco is expected to be out seven to nine months after undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair the labrum and stabilize his left shoulder. Polanco dislocated his shoulder on awkward slide into second base last Friday against Miami. “Now is the healing, the rehab , and the strengthening and then the getting ready to play, whenever that is,” manager Clint Hurdle said. . RHP Chad Kuhl, on the disabled list since June with forearm and elbow tightness, is scheduled to re-examined after being unable to throw his scheduled side session earlier this week. … A fifth-inning liner off the bat of Orlando Arcia struck Archer in the right buttock. The pitcher had trouble standing at first, but remained in the game. … Starling Marte was struck by a pitch on the left elbow in the seventh. He stayed in the game after being checked by a trainer.UP NEXTPirates: Ivan Nova (8-9, 4.17 ERA) is 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in six career starts against Milwaukee.Brewers: Zach Davies (2-5, 4.75) is 2-3 with a 6.49 ERA in seven career starts versus Pittsburgh.

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