A's power past Mariners 4-1

March 29, 2012, 11:30 am
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TOKYO -- Home runs by Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick and Jonny Gomes powered the offense and Bartolo Colon pitched eight strong innings to lead Oakland to a 4-1 victory in the second game at Tokyo Dome.

Cespedes and Reddick went deep back-to-back in the seventh and Gomes hit his first of the season for the A's (1-1) in the eighth. Grant Balfour delivered a perfect inning in the ninth to nail down the save.
Cespedes connected for a two-run homer off Seattle reliever Shawn Kelley to give Oakland a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh. Josh Reddick followed with a solo shot off George Sherrill to give the A's a two-run cushion.A's starter Bartolo Colon was impressive, going eight innings and allowing three hits and one run to earn the win. Colon retired the first 13 men he faced and finished with six strikeouts.
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Justin Smoak provided all the offense for Seattle (1-1), homering off Colon in the seventh.

Japanese star Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 a night after collecting four hits.

The rest of the Major League season starts April 4, when the renamed Miami Marlins open their new ballpark against the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. In the meantime, the A's and Mariners will resume playing spring training games this weekend