SEATTLE — Milton Bradley’s broken-bat, two-run single in the fifth brought Seattle even and Franklin Gutierrez’s splintering single an inning later gave the Mariners the lead for good in a 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.
Jason Vargas (1-1) pitched six innings for Seattle, following up on eight shutout innings from Doug Fister a night earlier, as the back of the rotation came through to give Seattle its first series victory of the season.
Down 2-0 in the fifth, Bradley dumped the first pitch from Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez into left field, sending his bat barrel nearly to third base. The hit scored two and Gutierrez’s hit an inning later scored Adam Moore with the go-ahead run.
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