MARCH 29 2012 14:05h
MLB: Oakland 4, Seattle 1
The win gave the Athletics a split of the season-opening series in Japan. Seattle was a 3-1 winner in 11 innings Wednesday.
Oakland starter Bartolo Colon (1-0) allowed three hits and struck out six in eight innings and Grant Balfour pitched the ninth in getting the save.
Oakland had just two hits and a walk off Seattle starter Jason Vargas but touched the Mariners' bullpen for five hits, including the three home runs, in 1 2/3 innings.
Seattle led 1-0 on a Justin Smoak home run that opened the seventh. Vargas walked Coco Crisp and then got an out but was replaced by Shawn Kelley (0-1).
Kelley got a fielder's choice but Cespedes followed with a smash into the seats beyond left-center field.
Seattle changed pitchers but Reddick greeted George Sherrill with a towering drive into the right-field seats.
Gomes made the score 4-1 with a two-out home run to left-center in the eighth off Steve Delabar.
Seven of the nine runs in the series came on home runs.
TOKYO, March 29 (UPI) -- Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run home run and Josh Reddick and Jonny Gomes added solo shots Thursday in Oakland's 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo.