Ike Davis' homer and Alfredo Griffin's three hits allowed Oakland to sweep its three-game series against visiting Seattle.
Winner Don Sutton (2-0) arrived at the stadium only 45 minutes before the game because of a traffic jam behind a burning truck. Sutton said he drove off the highway, zig-zagged through some bushes, abandoned his car and got an emergency lift from a highway worker, who rushed him in a pickup truck along the shoulder to Oakland Coliseum.
"This is the only time in baseball when a man out of uniform gets an assist," said Sutton, referring to highway worker Terry Costa.
Oakland rallied in the fourth inning from a 4-3 deficit with two runs to take the lead for good.
Davis was hit by a pitch by Mariners starter Matt Young (1-1). He stole second and scored on Donnie Hill's double to tie the score. Hill moved to third on Griffin's single and came home on Dave Collins' sacrifice fly to give the A's a 5-4 lead.
Sutton suffered through a shaky start. He gave up five hits and four runs over the first four innings with Seattle's Jim Presley getting a two-run double and a two-run homer.
Presley leads the league in homers with six and his 13 RBI are one behind league leader Davis. Davis, who has a league-leading 12 runs scored and 27 total bases, homered in the seventh.