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A's 3, Mariners 2 (12 innings)

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Center fielder Coco Crisp hit the second pitch of the 12th inning for a home run to right field, and the Oakland A's handed the Seattle Mariners their first loss of the season, 3-2 Thursday night.

The win in the opener of a four-game series evened the Athletics' record at 2-2 while also preventing the Mariners from recording their second-ever 4-0 start.

Crisp, who scored the tying run four innings earlier after leading off with a walk, smacked right-handed reliever Hector Noesi's second pitch for the first walk-off home run of his career.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 12th to get the win.

Noesi (0-1) was beaten by the first batter he faced.

In a pitchers' duel between No. 4 starters who entered the game with just two major league starts between them, neither Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias nor Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez got a decision despite a strong effort.

Elias, a 25-year-old who pitched at Double-A last season, kept the A's hitless for 4 2/3 innings. He lost his no-hit bid on a single by A's second baseman Nick Punto with two outs in the fifth, then lost the shutout on a run-scoring triple by Oakland's next batter, left fielder Sam Fuld.

Fuld was thrown out at the plate attempting for an inside-the-park home run, ending the inning.

Elias was pulled after five innings, having allowed one run on two hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Elias left with a 2-1 lead, but he was denied a first major league win when the A's rallied to tie in the bottom of the eighth against the Seattle bullpen.

Crisp, who led off the inning with a walk against lefty Charlie Furbush, scored on a two-out triple to right-center by designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes off right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen.

In just his third major league start, Chavez gave up two runs (one earned) and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Second baseman Robinson Cano and center fielder Abraham Almonte drove in Seattle's runs against Chavez.

NOTES: When LHP James Paxson and LHP Roenis Elias made starts for Seattle on Wednesday and Thursday, they became the first pair of rookies to open a season in the Mariners' rotation since Enrique Romo and Gary Wheelock in 1977. ... Mariners RHP Chris Young, who sat out last season while recovering from surgery on his right shoulder, is scheduled to make his first regular-season start since Sept. 29, 2012, in Game 2 of the series Friday. ... Before the game, the A's announced OF Michael Taylor and 2B Hiro Nakajima were outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. Taylor was designated for assignment Monday, but he cleared waivers and returned to the A's. ... The A's optioned INF Jake Elmore to Sacramento last week, but they voided that move Thursday in order to place him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad.
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