- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The fired-up Oakland Athletics came out swinging, and Chris Young’s day was short-lived.

Newcomer Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer as Oakland jumped to a five-run lead in the first, and Young failed to make it out of the inning as Seattle lost 6-1 to the Athletics on Monday.

“I wasn’t sharp. My stuff wasn’t good, it was flat,” Young said. “They came out super-aggressive, you could see it. They were motivated. I didn’t have it. When I take the ball I expect to perform.”

He didn’t have much help in the shortest start of his career on a day the A’s were desperate to bounce back from an awful road trip.

Acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn immediately became an imposing presence in the middle of Oakland’s order. Dunn is the 12th player in Oakland history to homer in his first at-bat with the team.

A 14th-year major leaguer who has never played in the postseason, Dunn was a welcome sight for a team that just got swept in a four-game series by the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels and was shut out for 29 straight innings.

“That’s the most excited, anxious, probably call it a little nervous, than I’ve been in a long time,” said Dunn, who was thrown off by the celebratory tunnel formed by teammates in the dugout.

Another recent acquisition, Geovany Soto, added a two-run single with two outs in the first that chased Young (12-7) for the shortest start of his career.

The A’s broke loose a day after manager Bob Melvin let them have it in a closed-door team meeting. He called his team’s play “embarrassing and “pathetic” after the A’s totaled just four runs in the sweep at Anaheim.

“They ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and the game was over,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It wasn’t our day.”

Taijuan Walker pitched six solid innings of relief after Young’s quick exit.

“I needed to step up,” Walker said. “They told me to be ready.”

Brad Miller homered leading off the sixth for Seattle, which came into the series opener as the American League’s top road team.

Dunn went 2 for 3 batting cleanup as the designated hitter. He provided a nice lift for an Oakland offense that has struggled since dealing Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for Jon Lester on July 31.

With 461 career home runs, Dunn tied Red Sox star David Ortiz for 35th place on the all-time list.

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