Coughlan's homer in 9th gives Oakland a 3-2 win over Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) Chris Coughlan hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the ninth inning off closer Steve Cishek to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-2 win over the Mariners on Friday night in Seattle's home opener.
The largest regular season crowd in Safeco Field history - 47,065 - watched to-be Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Then they saw the Mariners new closer give up a long ball in the ninth.
Coughlan turned on a 1-2 pitch on the inside corner from Cishek (0-1) and lined it down the right field line for his first homer of the season and the first run allowed by Seattle's bullpen.
Josh Reddick also homered for Oakland, which took a 2-0 lead before Seattle rallied thanks to a solo home run from Dae-Ho Lee.
Sean Doolittle (1-1) pitched the eighth inning.