Morse and Iwakuma Lead M’s to Another Win Over A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Winning a franchise-best 22 spring training games is one thing. The Seattle Mariners are doing it in games that count, against the defending division champions. Michael Morse hit a three-run homer and a solo shot, Hisashi Iwakuma followed up Felix Hernandez's gem with an impressive outing of his own, and Seattle beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Tuesday night. Iwakuma (1-0) struck out seven and didn't walk a batter as the Mariners won their second consecutive game against Oakland to begin the season. He gave up a leadoff homer by Yoenis Cespedes to the deepest part of center field in the second inning, then quickly regrouped and retired 15 of his final 16 hitters. Kyle Seager doubled twice among his three hits, drove in a run, scored a pair and reached base five times. Kendrys Morales added an RBI single for Seattle, which is 2-0 for the eighth time in club history. "Definitely a good day," Seager said. "A good day for a lot of us." After King Felix and three relievers combined on the third opening day shutout in Mariners history Monday, Iwakuma did his part against the reigning AL West champions.