If all of the Seattle Mariners' wins are this tumultuous, new manager Bob Melvin won't last long.
Ben Davis hit a leadoff homer in the 11th inning as the Mariners blew two late leads but still got Melvin his first victory, beating the host Oakland Athletics, 7-6, yesterday.
Seattle led 4-3 in the ninth, but Scott Hatteberg tied it with an RBI single off closer Kazuhiro Sasaki. After Mike Cameron drove home pinch runner Mark McLemore with a sacrifice fly off Keith Foulke in the 10th, Terrence Long hit a one-out homer to right off Jeff Nelson (1-0) to tie it again.
The excitement was lost on Melvin, the San Francisco area native who took over for Lou Piniella in the offseason.
"They made me work for that first one," Melvin said. "By the [11th] inning, I was peeking around the door of the dugout bathroom. I asked [pitching coach] Bryan Price: 'Does it have to be this hard?' I don't know how many of those games you can survive in a season."
* RED SOX 14, DEVIL RAYS 5: Kevin Millar homered and drove in four runs as Boston won its third straight on the road.
"We have great hitters. We have a great team," Millar said. "It shows what we did this series. We had four different lineups in there. It shows the confidence this team has."
Millar, sent to Boston by Florida after he backed out of a deal with the Chunichi Dragons, was 6 for 12 in the series with two homers and six RBI.
He had an RBI single off Nick Bierbrodt (0-1) in a five-run third inning, a solo homer off reliever Jorge Sosa in the fifth and a two-run double in the sixth.
Casey Fossum (1-0) allowed three runs and six hits over five innings.
* TWINS 3, TIGERS 0: Kyle Lohse allowed two hits in eight innings as Minnesota completed a season-opening three-game sweep on the road.
Minnesota improved to 3-0 for the second time in three years. For Detroit, getting swept at the start of the season was nothing new. The Tigers started 0-11 last season, a skid that caused the team to fire Phil Garner. Luis Pujols, who led the Tigers the rest of the way, was replaced at the end of the season by Alan Trammell.
Detroit's debut series under its new manager showcased its offensive struggles. The Tigers managed just two runs and 10 hits in the series, and have lost 12 straight to the Twins.
* ROYALS 12, WHITE SOX 6: Brent Mayne hit a three-run homer in a seven-run eighth inning as Kansas City rallied for the three-game sweep at home.
Jose Valentin hit a pair of two-run homers and also tripled for the White Sox. Billy Koch, acquired from Oakland during offseason, blew a save in his first chance for Chicago.
Kansas City, which scored all its runs with two outs, is 3-0 for the first time since 1979, and Chicago is 0-3 for the first time since 1995.