Walker's strong start leads streaking Mariners
The Seattle Mariners are streaking, winning their third consecutive game Friday, thanks to a great start by Taijuan Walker.
Walker, who returned to the Mariners after three seasons with Arizona, allowed only one hit while striking out eight in seven innings as Seattle beat Oakland 5-3 in the Mariners' home opener at T-Mobile Park.
Kyle Seager had a two-run double off Sean Manaea in the fourth inning that gave Walker all the support he would need.
The Mariners (4-4) led 5-0 and the Athletics scored three runs off reliever Bryan Shaw (including Marcus Semien's two-run triple).
But, Taylor Williams, a Camas High (Washington) product), notched his second save with a hitless ninth inning.
J.P. Crawford and Kyle Lewis each had two hits to continue hot starts. Crawford is hitting .393 and Lewis .455.
The teams play at 6:10 p.m. Saturday. Yusei Kikuchi pitches for Seattle opposite Mike Fiers.
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