Oakland Athletics center fielder Yoenis Cespedes blasted a 462-foot homer, his second blast in three games to begin the season. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
OAKLAND, CA - 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.