Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 13, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Yoenis Cespedes hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 3-0 win over the Seattle Mariners in the rubber match of a three-game set at Safeco Field.
Josh Donaldson added a solo homer in the ninth for the Athletics, winners in six of their last seven.
Dan Otero (2-0) picked up the win after recording the final two outs of the seventh inning. Starter Scott Kazmir allowed just two hits and fanned nine over six scoreless frames before exiting with tightness in his triceps.
Sean Doolittle stranded a runner in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
Charlie Furbush (0-1) was saddled with the loss after surrendering Cespedes' homer in the eighth. Mariners starter Chris Young tossed six scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks.
Jed Lowrie walked to open the eighth and was replaced on the bases by Daric Barton. Cespedes then crushed a hanging slider into the Oakland bullpen in left field.
Donaldson cracked a solo homer with two outs in the ninth to account for the final difference.
In the sixth, Seattle's Brad Miller crushed a potential homer to right field, but A's outfielder Josh Reddick made a leaping catch at the wall to rob him of at least an extra-base hit.
The Oakland bullpen has allowed just four runs over its last eight games (29 innings) ... Doolittle has four career saves ... Oakland finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base ... The Mariners were 0-for-2 with RISP.