Chris Young kept working on his hitting even as his numbers fell. Getting a chance to bat in the leadoff spot seemed like a good time to put it all together.
Young homered as part of a three-hit night, but it went for naught. Mike Zunino hit his first career home run, a tiebreaking solo shot in the seventh inning, and the Seattle Mariners held on for a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
''It felt good,'' Young said of the home run. ''It would have felt a lot better if we won. That was a tough loss.''
The Athletics were coming off an 18-inning, 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday, though Oakland manager Bob Melvin said fatigue had nothing to do with the loss.
''I felt no difference,'' he said. ''(Joe) Saunders pitched well. It was Zunino's home run.''
Two days after making his big league debut, Zunino connected on a 1-1 pitch from Oakland starter Tommy Milone (6-6) and hit a towering shot to center field to help snap the Athletics' 11-game home winning...