Colon spoils Mariners' opener as A's winApr 14, 2012 - 6:40 AM
Colon (2-1) allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out five in the opener of this three-game series.
"He gave a different look today, like a veteran guy he made some adjustments," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. "He's calm on the mound and we feel calm around him. If you have someone out there who's nervous and fidgety, the rest of the team feels it."
Jemile Weeks hit a solo homer while Coco Crisp, Kurt Suzuki and Cliff Pennington added an RBI apiece for the Athletics, who just took two of three from the Royals for their first series win of the season.
Felix Hernandez (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out six over seven innings. The Mariners have dropped four of their last five games.
"He had to battle all night tonight. It says a lot about him when you've got to battle like that and you give up two runs in seven (innings)," said Seattle manager Eric Wedge. "He didn't have his best stuff, but he just doesn't give into it. That's what we saw tonight."
The A's took a 2-0 lead when Pennington doubled home Daric Barton in the third and crossed the plate two batters later on Crisp's RBI single.
In the fourth, singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Jesus Montero placed runners at the corners with two away, but Michael Saunders struck out after narrowly missing a home run with a long foul ball.
Colon set Seattle down in order in the fifth, sixth and seventh and Suzuki made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Ryan Cook spelled Colon in the home half and walked Miguel Olivio and Brendan Ryan to start the frame before inducing Chone Figgins into a 1-6-3 double play and grounding out Dustin Ackley.
In the ninth, Weeks homered and Grant Balfour set the Mariners down in order to seal the win.
The Athletics collected nine hits in the win. They have recorded less than 10 hits in all eight games this season, which marks their longest streak since an eight-game span to start the 2001 campaign...Montero has recorded a hit in seven of eight games as a Mariner...Former center fielder Mike Cameron officially retired as a member of the Mariners on Friday. Cameron, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game, had signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals for the 2012 season, but announced his retirement before spring training.
- OAKLAND: 4
Apr 14 1:13 AM
- Jemile Weeks two-out, solo Home Run (2) to left. Coco Crisp due up.
Athletics 4, Mariners 0 Top 9, 2 OutsApr 14 1:04 AM
- Daric Barton flied out to right to end the inning.
Athletics 3, Mariners 0 Mid 8Apr 14 12:40 AM
- Coco Crisp singled to left scored Cliff Pennington with one out. On the play, Jemile Weeks advances to second. Runners on first and second and Josh Reddick due up.
Athletics 2, Mariners 0 Top 3, 1 OutApr 13 10:55 PM
- Jemile Weeks walked. Runners on first and second with one out and Coco Crisp due up.
Athletics 1, Mariners 0 Top 3, 1 OutApr 13 10:52 PM
- OAKLAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 13 10:10 PM
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