OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -It was easy for
to keep up his intensity level, locked in an improbable pitching duel with
Bedard allowed three hits pitching into the ninth inning, and
's run-scoring double broke up Cahill's shutout bid to give the
a 1-0 victory over the
''You see the other guy throwing zeros and you want to do the same,'' Bedard said.
Bedard was within two outs of his second career shutout when he was lifted for reliever
, who struck out
to line out with a pair of runners aboard for his second save of the season and his career.
''He was spot-on with every pitch and kept hitters off balance big-time,'' Mariners catcher
said. ''He was able to throw his sinker to both sides of the plate. He threw very few curve balls early.''
The A's never had runners on with less than two outs until the ninth, and
was only the second runner to reach second base when he was stranded there at the end.
''We had some good defense and they made all the plays,'' Bedard said. ''That helps a lot. I was able to throw strikes with
all my pitches.''
Bedard (1-0) allowed a hit to
in the third, and a two-out infield hit to
in the fourth before retiring 13 batters in a row.
''I can't say enough about
,'' Mariners manager
said. ''He came out and pitched like a champion. He's worked hard to get to this point.''
He struck out seven and walked only one batter, but couldn't wrap things up. His only career shutout came at the
on July 7, 2007, when he was with the
''He had pinpoint control in and out,'' A's manager
said. ''It was a masterful performance by both pitchers. Unfortunately, they strung a couple of hits together.''
Cahill (0-1) retired 11 consecutive batters before
singled up the middle with one out in the seventh, the first hit allowed by Cahill. After
flew out, Sweeney drove in the game's only run with a double to center.
''My thing is that I struggle early, until I get a feel for how the sinker is doing that day,'' Cahill said. ''I always feel
better later in the game. I looked up after the fifth inning and saw that Bedard was having a good game and then noticed zeros
across on their line.''
Wakamatsu served as Oakland's bench coach last year and Sweeney played with the A's.
''I heard a lot about
, that he was a poor man's
,'' Sweeney said. ''He came out and pitched liked it. He knows what he's doing out there.''
Sweeney's ball drifted away from Davis, who slipped and allowed the ball to get by.
''The ball just took off,'' Sweeney said. ''I don't know if it knuckled or not.''
Geren watched the replays several times.
''You always joke about the ball taking a bad hop in the air but that's what it seemed like,'' he said. ''It seemed to take
a left turn. It was weird.''
singled in the eighth to extend his season-opening streak to seven games for Seattle, matching
's streak from 2005.
The A's turned double plays in the first and third to erase possible rallies, while the Mariners won their fourth straight
Notes: Branyan stole his 12th career base. ... The A's stranded 28 runners in the series. ... The Mariners swept the A's in
their final series of 2008. They last recorded consecutive sweeps over the A's in the final series of 2007 and the opening
series last year. ... Seattle beat a right-handed starter for the first time this season. ... Mariners OF
sat out the game with a sore left wrist but was available to pinch run or for defensive purposes. ... The A's have lost six
straight to the Mariners, tying their longest such streak in the series. ... Cust is the only A's player to reach base safely
in the first six games.