Things started off real well with those first-inning home runs by Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Morse, but went quickly downhill once Joe Saunders took the mound. Saunders battled for his life throughout the four frames and 88 pitches that followed and was somewhat fortunate to give up only four runs and leave trailing by two.
Jed Lowrie and Chris Young hit solo homers off Kameron Loe in the seventh to cap the scoring in a 6-2 loss for the Mariners, their first this season.
The offense had Tommy Milone on the ropes in the second inning as well but a double-play grounder by Robert Andino helped thwart a two-on, none out rally. That was it for the offense right there, as the Mariners managed just two more hits off Milone in his seven innings of work. It’s not how you start in this game, it’s how you finish and the Mariners just didn’t stack up.
They let Milone get into a groove and it often seemed as if the A’s were up by eight or ine runs instead of just 4-2 after Lowrie’s two-run double off Saunders in the fourth put Oakland ahead to stay.
Perhaps it was the long, laborious innings by Saunders, who kept getting outs on 300-foot line drives. Or maybe Milone just found something after making an in-game adjustment.
But the Mariners were never really in this one by the time the third inning had come and gone.
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