Tommy Milone shook off a rocky first inning to work seven strong innings, Jed Lowrie went 3-for-3 - all three hits of the extra-base variety - and Chris Young homered in his first game with Oakland on Wednesday evening.

All good stuff, but the man who undoubtedly will remember the A's 6-2 win over Seattle at the Coliseum more fondly than any of his teammates is first baseman Nate Freiman.

The A's first win of 2013 coincided with Freiman's first game in the majors. The 6-foot-8 Duke alum delivered an RBI single in his first at-bat on his way to a 2-for-3 night. He also made a nice sliding grab of Franklin Gutierrez's pop foul near the Mariners' dugout.

"It was awesome," Freiman said of his debut.

Home runs in the first inning by Gutierrez and Michael Morse (his third in two nights) staked the Mariners' Joe Saunders to a 2-0 lead.

With two outs and Josh Donaldson on third in the second, Freiman fell behind Saunders 0-2. Freiman got the count to 2-2, then grounded a broken-bat single to center for his first major-league hit and RBI.

Freiman understandably began clapping for himself on his way up the first-base line.

"That was a little unprofessional," Freiman said apologetically, "but it was the little kid in me."

A's manager Bob Melvin said Freiman's enthusiasm started building Tuesday when the manager informed the 26-year-old that he would start Wednesday.

"He was like a kid in a candy store in batting practice (Wednesday), let alone the game," Melvin said. "And then you get your first hit and drive in a run and you make a nice play.

"This is one of those days he'll never forget."