Michael Morse put Seattle ahead with a line-drive, three-run homer, his first since re-joining the club from the Washington Nationals during the off-season, and the Mariners won 7-1 over the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night. Hisashi Iwakuma allowed two hits over six innings as the Mariners improved to 2-0 for just the fourth time since 1995, and the eighth time in franchise history.
Iwakuma, elevated to the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Felix Hernandez, threw an outstanding game, the only blemish being Cespedes’ home run. Iwakuma retired the final 11 batters he faced before turning over to the Seattle bullpen.