The A’s didn’t have any at-bats with a runner in scoring position on Friday night, but it hardly mattered.
Timely home runs from Yoenis Cespedes (his 14th and 15th of the season), Jed Lowrie and Coco Crisp – as well as another great start from Bartolo Colon – propelled Oakland to a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners in the opener of the weekend series. With the win, Colon continued his amazing All-Star-caliber run, improving his record to 10-2 on the season.
Cespedes, who went 1-15 in the recently-concluded four-game series in Texas as the designated hitter, was cleared for duty in left field before the game and seemed to really enjoy life outside of the DH role he’d been in for the previous seven contests.
In the first, he turned around an off-speed pitch from Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma, launching a deep home run to left to give the A’s an early 2-0 lead.
The lead held until the third, when singles from Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez were followed by a three-run home run from...