MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -
loitered around Seattle's clubhouse for a bit, his postgame shower still on hold more than an hour after his night came to
an early end.
Silva insisted he felt fine on the mound, but this was an ominous start to the season after his disastrous performance in
homered and drove in three runs,
hit the go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning and the
beat Silva and the Mariners 6-5 on Wednesday.
tried to point out the positives, but he wasn't happy with Silva's pitch selection over five innings, or the location on the
changeups to Morneau and
that went for two-run homers.
''If he throws those down, it's a different story,'' Wakamatsu said. ''He came out and competed. We have to be somewhat pleased.''
The Mariners started strong with a homer by Ken Griffey Jr. and a 6-1 victory on opening night that prompted a mini-celebration
in the clubhouse, but problems from last year have already resurfaced in the past two games. Minnesota's three-run rally Tuesday
against new closer
served as a reminder of the team record of 31 blown saves set last season.
Then Silva, that $48 million, four-year contract still weighing heavily on his broad shoulders despite the 35 pounds he shed
while doing yoga and changing his diet during the winter, fell behind 2-0 after the first inning and 4-2 after two.
, who rebounded from some rough stretches to complete six innings for the victory, gave Seattle the lead back with a three-run
But Silva (0-1), who went 4-15 with a 6.46 ERA in his first season with the Mariners, quickly lost it. Morneau hustled into
second base with a headfirst dive to finish a two-out RBI double that tied it at 5 in the fifth. Kubel followed with a double
that scooted down the right-field line to drive in Morneau and put Minnesota back in front.
''I felt great,'' Silva said. ''Besides the two changeups, I don't take anything back. The sinker was working really well.
The two homers with two changes are the only two I'd take away. I got a lot of ground balls. The first one cut a little bit,
but the second one was a really good pitch. He just got it. I have a lot of confidence in my changeup.''
hit long home runs and
went 3-for-4 for Seattle, but Slowey (1-0) retired the last seven batters he faced and struck out five without a walk. Slowey
gave up five runs and nine hits.
held the lead for
, who notched his first save.
The Mariners had one hit over the final five innings.
''That was something special,'' Nathan said. ''For him to get through six innings is unbelievable. He was obviously battling
out there with not his best control, but that shows you what kind of pitcher he is even when he doesn't have his best stuff.''
At Anaheim, Calif., pinch-hitter
hit RBI singles with two outs in the ninth inning off new Angels closer
Oakland trailed 4-0 before scoring three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth. A two-out trickler by
that went for an infield hit led to the final rally.
Fuentes (0-1) signed with Los Angeles after
, who posted a record 62 saves last year, left the Angels and joined the
New York Mets
(1-0) earned his first major league victory with a hitless eighth inning and
finished for his second save.
won his major league debut as the Orioles beat New York for the second straight time to open the year.
A standout in Japan for 10 seasons, the 34-year-old righty gave up one run over five innings.
- a former teammate of Uehara's - for his first save.
went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs. Chien-Ming Wang (0-1) was tagged for seven runs in 3 2-3 innings in his first start
since injuring his foot last June.
pitched six solid innings and gave AL champion Tampa Bay its first win of the season.
hit a two-run homer after striking out in his first five at-bats this season and
got a save, preserving the victory for Kazmir (1-0).
(0-1), who lost Game 7 of the ALCS to Tampa Bay, had won 16 straight regular-season decisions at Fenway Park.
became the first Detroit player in more than a half-century to homer in the first three games of the season.
homered twice and is 7-for-10 with two walks this year.
(1-0) got the win and
(0-1) took the loss.
pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and Kansas City's bullpen protected the lead.
Greinke (1-0) struck out seven and walked three, and improved to 1-6 lifetime at U.S. Cellular Field.
retired all nine batters in the Royals' first victory of the season. Soria got a save, a day after reliever
gave up a late, go-ahead home run.
(0-1) struck out nine in seven innings.
At Arlington, Texas,
hit two solo homers and 20-year-old rookie
hit his first big league home run to lead the Rangers.
(1-0) pitched Texas to its first 2-0 start since 2000.
homered for the Indians, who have been outscored 17-6 by Texas in the series.
Cruz led off the second inning with a home run off