The Oakland Athletics played their second 2012 Spring Training game on Saturday. One day after they fell victim to a bevy of Seattle Mariners home runs in an 8-5 loss, it was the A's turn to play long ball. Oakland banged out 16 hits and two homers to pick up an easy first win of the season, 9-2.
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The M's got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when Dustin Ackley walked and stole second base. Justin Smoak drove him in with a two-out single.
The A's jumped ahead in the top of the third when Seth Smith got a two-out single of his own to drive in Jemile Weeks. Jonny Gomes was up next and belted a two-run homer to center field to give Oakland a lead they would not relinquish.
Seattle closed the gap to 3-2 the following inning when Carlos Peguero hit a solo home run, but the Mariners would not have another baserunner cross the plate. Eric Sogard reached base to lead off the top of the fifth for the A's and Weeks followed up with a two-run homer.
Sogard, Collin Cowgill, Wes Timmons and Derek Norris each picked up an RBI in the game. Weeks, Timmons, Gomes, Sogard and Kila Ka'aihue picked up two hits each.
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