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Two batters later, Cano’s groundout scored Almonte.

Almonte’s RBI single off Oakland starter Jesse Chavez in the fifth drove in Logan Morrison and made it 2-0.

That put Seattle starter Roenis Elias in shape to become the first Cuban-born pitcher to win a game for Seattle before the Mariners‘ bullpen gave up the lead.

Elias, an all-star in the minors a year ago, allowed one runs and two hits in five effective innings but left with a no-decision. The 25-year-old lefty allowed only two runners past first base and struck out three and walked three.

The Seattle rookie didn’t give up a hit until Nick Punto’s sharp single to left with two outs in the fifth. Fuld followed with a triple after Seattle center fielder Almonte dived for the ball and missed.

Fuld tried to score on the same play but was thrown out at the plate on a relay from Cano. The play was reviewed and upheld.

Oakland failed to score after loading the bases with two outs in the seventh before Cespedes tripled in Crisp to tie it with two outs in the eighth.

Crisp’s first home run of the season ended the game after more than four hours.

“You could tell his first swing that he was looking for something that he could pull and get up in the air,” Melvin said. “That was his intent, and that’s tough to do, going up there trying to hit a home run especially when you’re a leadoff-type guy.”

Chavez, making his first start since 2012, allowed two runs and five hits over six innings.

NOTES: Melvin met with Johnson to check on the A’s new closer after he took the loss in each of his first two appearances. “Everything gets real magnified when you’re in the closer’s role because when you have a bad day the team loses,” Melvin said. “That’s just the way it is.” … The A’s voided the March 29 option of IF Jake Elmore and placed him on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left quad. … OF Michael Taylor cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Sacramento by the A’s. IF Hiro Nakajima was also sent outright to Sacramento. … RHP Dan Strailey faces Seattle RHP Chris Young on Friday. Young last pitched in the big leagues in Sept. 29, 2012. … Mariners RHP Stephen Pryor (surgery) began a rehab assignment with Double-A Jackson on Thursday. … RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will make a rehab start for Single-A High Desert on Friday.