OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Jed Lowrie and Chris Young hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, helping Tommy Milone and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Nate Freiman had two hits and an RBI in his major league debut as Oakland knocked around Joe Saunders and two relievers after managing just one run and six hits in the first two games of the series.
Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Morse homered in the first, but Milone settled down and retired 17 of his final 18 batters while pitching seven innings. It was the third homer in two games for Morse, a key offseason acquisition for the Mariners.
Lowrie, acquired in a trade from Houston just before the start of spring training, went 3 for 3 with a walk and three RBIs. His tiebreaking two-run double off Saunders in the fourth put the A’s ahead for good.
Oakland had seven extra-base hits overall: five doubles and two home runs. Eight A’s had at least one hit while four drove in at least one run.
It was quite a difference from the first two games, though manager Bob Melvin didn’t seem too concerned with his club’s slow start.
Milone (1-0) allowed only one baserunner after the second inning, finishing with one walk and four strikeouts. Sean Doolittle pitched the eighth and Chris Resop worked the ninth to complete the five-hitter.
Gutierrez got the Mariners off to a nice start when he hit the fourth pitch from Milone over the wall in left for his second career leadoff homer. Morse, who led the majors with nine home runs in spring training, tacked on a two-out drive to center.
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