A's enter 2013 win column on night of firsts

Melvin: 'All the way around it was a good game for us'

A's enter 2013 win column on night of firsts
April 3, 2013, 11:15 pm
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The A's collected 11 hits Wednesday and limited the Mariners to five. (AP)

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OAKLAND -- It was a night of firsts for the Oakland Athletics as the team collected its first win of the 2013 season with a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. New additions Chris Young and Jed Lowrie hit their first home runs with the team -- in back-to-back fashion -- in the seventh inning and Nate Freiman made a major impression in his big league debut.

[RECAP: A's 6, Mariners 2]

Aside from the rough first inning in which Tommy Milone allowed two solo home runs, the team couldn't have drawn it up much better.

"I feel like as a team, it was a collective win with the bats and with the gloves," Milone said. "It was a good win."

Milone recovered from his rocky start and responded by retiring 17 of the last 18 batters he faced. A double play ball with two on in the second inning changed the course of his evening. The offense responded with some run support and it was smooth sailing from there as Milone lasted seven innings in total.

"It's a big deal and it kind of lit a fire under my butt and told me that I need to keep this game close," Milone said.

The run that lit the proverbial fire came off Freiman's bat. In his first ever trip to the plate in the big leagues, he collected his first hit and drove in his first run. He enthusiastically clapped as he reached first base.

"That's most likely the first time I've done that," said Freiman, who had his family in attendance. "That was a little unprofessional, but it was the little kid in me there."

The 6-foot-8 rookie later added another hit with a broken-bat single in the fourth inning and finished the day 2-for-3. He got the ball after his first hit but couldn't locate it in his clubhouse stall to show it off after the game. Since his second single broke his bat, he was happy to announce that he was able to retire it with a 1.000 batting average.

"That enthusiasm started yesterday when he knew he was playing today," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He was like a kid in a candy store during batting practice today, let alone in the game."

Yoenis Cespedes tied the game at two with a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the third inning. Lowrie broke the game open with a two-run double in the fourth inning and added a solo home run in the seventh. Following in his new teammates footsteps, Young hit a solo shot of his own in the next at-bat.

"Jed [Lowrie] has been swinging the bat well and it's nice to get Chris [Young] on board because he's a heck of a player," Melvin said. "When you're on a new team like both of those guys are, you want to impress early on."

Young was a high-profile acquisition for the A's, but didn't find himself in the lineup until Wednesday. He hit third and played center field.

"It felt like Opening Day," Young said. "I definitely had that adrenaline flowing like Opening Day."

The A's scored one run and combined for just six hits in their first two games. They collected 11 hits on Wednesday. They have a chance to split the series with the Mariners in a day game on Thursday, before heading to Houston to take on the Astros.

 

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