Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/13)

Game 1: Monday, April 12
Oakland4Final
Seattle0
Game 2: Tuesday, April 13
Oakland0Final
Seattle3
Game 3: Wednesday, April 14
Oakland2Final
Seattle4

Athletics 0

(6-3, 3-2 away)

Mariners 3

(3-6, 1-1 home)

10:10 PM ET, April 13, 2010

Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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W: D. Fister (1-1)

L: B. Ziegler (0-2)

S: D. Aardsma (3)

Bradley answers critics with 3-run homer in 8th to win game for Mariners

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- From slumping slugger to would-be bunter to restored basher and recipient of a cold, celebratory beer shower -- all in mere minutes. Milton Bradley finally got his true welcome to the Seattle Mariners.

And baseball's self-proclaimed bad boy loved it.

"Just having fun. That's all they've been doing since I got here. It's a welcome change," Bradley said of his eighth team in 11 major league seasons dousing him in suds late Tuesday night.

End of a Drought

When Milton Bradley hit his three-run home run in the eighth inning, it ended a 20-inning scoreless streak spanning three games for Seattle.

Mariners' Scoreless Streak
Batting avg. .162 (11-68)
Baserunners 15
RISP 1-13*
*=Runner thrown out at home

Bradley was the life of Seattle's party after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning to power his new team to a much-needed 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

"A great night for Milton," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. "That couldn't have been better timed."

Bradley began the day in a 1-for-22 rut. His team of high expectations was 2-6 and hadn't scored in 20 innings before he went deep.

It was the 31-year-old's first homer to give his team a lead in the seventh inning or later since Sept. 22, 2006, when he was with the A's.

A few days ago, Wakamatsu sat Bradley down after the mercurial left fielder flipped off fans during the fourth inning Friday night at Texas. The manager said Bradley "opened up" to him that he was feeling pressure to carry his new teammates as their cleanup hitter.

Wakamatsu told Bradley to "rely on us" more. He also lessened some of the burden by moving Bradley down two spots in the batting order.

Jose Lopez started the decisive rally with his third hit. Then Brad Ziegler (0-2) walked Mike Sweeney. Bradley showed bunt on the first, low pitch -- his idea.

Ziegler wasn't buying it.

"They didn't [trade for] him to move runners over in the eighth inning," he said.

After the bunt show, Wakamatsu motioned to Bradley from the dugout to wait for a pitch higher toward the strike zone "and whack it."

"He listened to me," Wakamatsu said with wry smile.

Two pitches later, Bradley golfed Ziegler's low fastball five rows into the right-field bleachers. As he stepped on home plate following his second homer of the season, Bradley raised both hands above his head. He pressed his palms together and jabbed them toward the sky.

"Don't read anything into that. That's personal," Bradley said of the celebration.

"If you keep working hard, talent is going to surpass bad luck."

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. It was also the longest outing this season for a Seattle rotation that has struggled without injured left-hander Cliff Lee.

David Aardsma finished the three-hitter for his third save in three chances. Bradley went 2 for 4 to raise his average to .115.

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.

The Mariners left runners in scoring position in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings before Bradley came through against one of his seven former teams.

"We needed one thing to spark us," Fister said. "That's what tonight was. We just needed a little momentum, and that's what we've got."

Game notes


Mariners pitching coach Rick Adair said Lee (strained abdomen) looked great during a 63-pitch bullpen session. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner is expected to make his season debut May 1 or 2, pending Wednesday's hearing on his appeal of a five-game suspension for throwing over the head of Arizona's Chris Snyder in a spring game. ... A's manager Bob Geren said he was hopeful 2B Mark Ellis would play Wednesday. Ellis missed the first two games of the series with a hamstring strain from Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Angels.

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Game Information

StadiumSafeco Field, Seattle, WA
Attendance18,043 (37.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
Game Time2:21
Weather54 degrees, partly cloudy
Wind3 mph
UmpiresHome Plate - Jerry Meals, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott