Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Tommy Milone pitched seven scoreless innings
and Seth Smith supplied the offense with a home run as the Oakland Athletics
edged the Seattle Mariners, 1-0, in the first test a three-game series at
Milone (8-5) scattered seven singles and had five strikeouts to become the
first rookie in Athletics history to have eight wins before the All-Star
Ryan Cook tossed a scoreless ninth to record his fifth save of the year for
Oakland, which has won 10 of its last 13 games.
Erasmo Ramirez (0-2) took the loss despite allowing one run on three hits and
a walk with 10 strikeouts in his third career start.
"You saw a complete performance by a young starting pitcher today," Seattle
manager Eric Wedge said of Ramirez's outing. "He has something now that he can
really work off of, now it's time to go back to work and get prepared for his
Jesus Montero collected a pair of hits for the Mariners, who were shut out for
the second consecutive game.
Seattle only placed a runner on third base once in the game, when Franklin
Gutierrez singled with one out in the bottom of the first inning and advanced
to third on Montero's two-out base hit to center field.
But Milone induced an inning-ending grounder to first by Justin Smoak and
Smith hammered a first-pitch fastball over the center-field wall with one out
in the second to record the game's only run.
Oakland only had two more hits for the remainder of the contest -- a pair of
singles by Brandon Moss and Brandon Inge in the fifth and eighth innings,
respectively -- but Milone made that run stand.
The Mariners threatened the 25-year-old lefty just one more time, when Smoak
reached first on a fielder's choice in the fourth and moved to second on
Michael Saunders' one-out single.
However, Miguel Olivo followed with an inning-ending double play and Seattle
would not advance a runner past first for the rest of the game.
"Both guys pitched great games and one swing of the bat decided it, credit to
both pitchers," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said.
Milone improved to 1-1 in two career starts against Seattle...The Mariners
still lead the season series between the teams, 5-3...Seattle has not scored a
run in its last 23 innings.
06/26 01:50:22 ET
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