Mariners Rally Against A’s Bullpen for First Sweep of Season
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dae-Ho Lee hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh after an earlier solo shot for his first career multi-homer game, and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a back-and-forth 9-8 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday and their first 2016 series sweep.
Mike Montgomery (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win on a day Nelson Cruz also homered, a rare shot into the second deck of seats in dead-center.
Lee hit his third and fourth homers, connecting in the seventh against John Axford (2-1) as the Mariners had a season-high 16 hits and improved to an AL-best 11-4 on the road.
Sean Manaea was denied his first career win despite Oakland getting to nemesis Felix Hernandez on consecutive fifth-inning errors.
Hernandez appeared poised to become the winningest pitcher in Mariners franchise history with victory No. 146.