Melvin: 'All the way around it was a good game for us'
Tommy Milone's line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K, 102 P, W. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
OAKLAND -- Just how rough had the first two games of the season been for Oakland? The A's entered Wednesday in fifth place in the American League West for the first time since 1993.
Realizing they needed to snap out of their offseason slumber, Oakland's offense woke up. The A's scored six runs on 11 hits and got a strong outing from Tommy Milone to defeat the Mariners 6-2 for their first win of 2013.
At the Plate
The A's almost doubled their hit total from the first two games combined. Two of the A's new additions made their presences felt, as Jed Lowrie and Chris Young hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning.
Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders was chased from the game with 88 pitches in four innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits. The lefty had trouble staving off Oakland's right-handed bats. Josh Donaldson hit a leadoff double in the second inning and came around to score on Nate Freiman's first career hit and RBI -- a single up the middle. Freiman's family was on hand to see him go 2-for-3 in his big league debut.
Another right-handed hitter, Scott Sizemore, followed Freiman with a hard-hit double down the left field line, but the A's 6-foot-8 first baseman couldn't reach home with a head-first slide before Mariners catcher Jesus Montero applied the tag at the plate.
Sizemore hadn't played in a major league game since September 28, 2011. He tore his ACL prior to the 2012 season, and went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return.
The score was tied at two in the fourth inning when Jed Lowrie doubled the A's total. His two-run double into the gap in right field gave the A's their first lead of 2013. He finished the day with three RBI.
Starting Pitching Report
The fourth pitch of Tommy Milone's 2013 season ended up sailing over the wall in left field, as Franklin Gutierrez put the Mariners on top early. It would get worse before it got better. Michael Morse continued to inflict damage on the A's pitching staff by connecting for another solo shot -- his third of the season -- to put Seattle up 2-0.
The young lefty recovered. He pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam in the second inning by getting a double play ball and a strikeout. Then he found his momentum.
Milone retired 17 of the next 18 batters he faced and pitched six scoreless innings after the rough first frame. He threw 102 pitches and allowed four hits and one walk.
Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless eighth inning. He allowed a hit and struck out one batter. He was aggressive in the strike zone and topped out at 95 mph with his fastball.
Chris Resop pitches a scoreless ninth inning. He didn't allow a single run all spring and has yet to allow one in the regular season.
In the Field
The Freiman experience wasn't limited to offense. The big first baseman made a sliding catch deep in the foul territory along the first-base line. As he started to run out of room before the dugout, he went into a slide and reached out with his glove, barely catching the ball.
Yoenis Cespedes used his speed to rob Kendrys Morales of a single in the ninth inning. He broke in on the ball and managed to reach down and catch it without needing to go into a dive.
The A's announced an attendance of 15,162.
White won the dot race. It's the second win of the season for the traditional dot.
A.J. Griffin will make his first start of the season. He is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners.
Brandon Maurer will take the mound for the Mariners. It will be his big league debut.