Chone Figgins had three hits and two RBIs, and Kyle Seager singled twice and drove in a pair of runs, leading the Seattle Mariners past the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Friday night in the stateside opener for both teams.
Seager's two-run single highlighted a four-run third inning that broke the game open for the Mariners, resuming a series that began in Japan more than a week ago.
Jason Vargas (1-0) allowed five hits in 5 1-3 innings. His only mistake was a fastball crushed by Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes to deep left-center field for a two-run homer, the second long ball of the season for Oakland's new center fielder.
Brandon McCarthy (0-1) gave up five runs - two earned - on seven hits in five innings.
A wacky way to start the season finally began to resemble normalcy in the Coliseum's confines.
The teams split the first two games of the series that began March 28 in Japan. Both returned to the U.S. to finish up the spring training schedule - oddly squeezed between the series ...