SEATTLE – Milton Bradley got a much-needed boost for himself and the Seattle Mariners with one big swing Tuesday night.
Bradley hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to power Seattle to a much-needed 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Doug Fister (1-1) threw eight crisp innings for the Mariners, allowing three hits and walking one. It was the longest outing in the majors for the 26-year-old right-hander, who began last season as a Double-A reliever.
Jose Lopez started the decisive rally with his third hit. Then Brad Ziegler (0-2) walked Mike Sweeney. After showing bunt on the first pitch, Bradley golfed a low pitch five rows into the right-field bleachers.
Bradley began the day in a 3-for-26 rut that led to a demotion in the batting order and a sit-down with manager Don Wakamatsu.
David Aardsma finished the three-hitter for his third save in three chances, pushing the Mariners to 3-6 after they began the season with playoff expectations.
Brett Anderson struck out six in six innings for Oakland, allowing six hits and walking two. He hasn’t allowed a run in 12 innings over two starts this season, both against Seattle.
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