SEATTLE (AP) — Another well-pitched game for the Oakland Athletics came with a price.
Scott Kazmir threw six sharp innings before leaving with tightness in his left triceps, and Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer that broke a scoreless tie in the eighth that lifted the A's over the Seattle Mariners 3-0 Sunday.
Kazmir called it was "a very, very minor" injury. He said it won't cause him to miss a start, but the A's have reason to be cautionary.
This spring the club lost staff ace Jarrod Parker to season-ending elbow surgery and A.J. Griffin is sidelined for perhaps the first two months with a strained forearm.
Oakland's staff has an AL-leading 2.17 ERA.
"It's exciting to have guys follow up a quality start, one after another, one through five. It really is exciting," Kazmir said. "We just want to keep going out there and keep making quality pitches and quality outings, all of us."
Kazmir pitched two-hit ball, striking out nine without a walk.
A's manager Melvin said that the first time he noticed Kazmir was affected by the tightness was at the end of the sixth. Kazmir had a similar issue during training camp, missing one start with triceps tightness.
"Everything checked out as far as his strengthening and what he does after a game," Melvin said. "He wanted to go back out but you have to be careful with a guy like that."
Mariners star Robinson Cano said Kazmir was exceptionally tough.
"He was making guys chase his slider and throwing the heater at 95," Cano said.
Cespedes pulled a 2-2 slider from Charlie Furbush (0-1) into the left-field bullpen. Cespedes' second homer of the season came after Jed Lowrie drew a leadoff walk.
Josh Donaldson added a solo home run in the ninth, his third, off Lucas Luetge.
Dan Otero (2-0) retired two batters in the seventh. Luke Gregerson worked the eighth and Sean Doolittle allowed one hit in the ninth for his first save.
Chris Young made his first start since Sept. 9, 2012, while with the New York Mets. Troubled by shoulder problems all last season, he went to spring camp this year with the Nationals, was released and signed during the last week of training camp by Seattle.
Young pitched six shutout innings, giving up four hits. He walked three and struck out two.
Young's other outing for Seattle was a two-inning scoreless stint in relief.