MLB roundup: Giants win, A’s drop home opener
HOUSTON – Tim Lincecum pitched seven scoreless innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Houston Astros 5-2 Monday night.
Lincecum (1-0) allowed four hits and struck out seven with no walks to shut down a Houston offense that started the season with star slugger Lance Berkman on the disabled list.
The Giants got a boost from new left fielder Mark DeRosa, who scored in San Francisco’s three-run second inning and added a solo homer in the eighth.
Houston starter Roy Oswalt (0-1) allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings as he extended his team record to eight straight opening day starts.
Sergio Romo allowed two hits in a scoreless eighth inning. Houston finally got on the board in the ninth when Carlos Lee singled and scored on a ground out by Pedro Feliz. J.R. Towles followed with an RBI double off Brandon Medders.
OAKLAND — Casey Kotchman hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning to go along with two earlier RBIs in an impressive Seattle debut, lifting the Mariners to a 5-3 season-opening victory against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Kotchman hit an RBI double in the first and a third-inning sacrifice fly that staked ace Felix Hernandez to a 3-0 lead Seattle couldn’t keep to get him the win.
Brandon League (1-0) pitched the eighth for the victory and David Aardsma finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.
Milton Bradley shattered his bat into several splinters after pounding it to the ground in frustration following a strikeout to end the ninth. He was booed all night by his former fans. Bradley spent the 2006 season and part of ’07 with Oakland.
Brad Ziegler (0-1) took the loss after allowing a pair of unearned runs and no hits.
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