Justin Ruggiano hits 3-run home run in Mariners victory

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(ISN) – GLENDALE, Ariz. –Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run home run to lead the Mariners 14-hit attack in an 11-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox Saturday afternoon in Cactus League play at Camelback Ranch.

The Mariners were split today, dropping a home game to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3, and are now 3-2 in spring training play.

The Mariners out-hit the White Sox 14-12, led by multi-hit games from shortstop Brad Miller (2×3, 2B, RBI), second baseman Ketel Marte (2×3, R, RBI) and minor league outfielder Ian Miller (2×2). Third baseman Jordy Lara also hit a solo home run.

Starting pitcher Jordan Pries (1-0) earned the win allowing one run in 2.0 innings. LHP Rafael Perez (1.0 IP) and RHPStephen Landazuri (2.0 IP) contributed scoreless relief outings.

                                                                                                                  

LINESCORE            1 2 3      4 5 6    7 8 9            R      H     E      

MARINERS              0 0 4      6 0 0    1 0 0    –     11     14     3

WHITE SOX             1 0 0      0 0 1    1 4 0    –       7     12     0

W – Pries (1-0); L – Putnam (0-1); SV – None                          

SEA – Pries, Perez (3), Landazuri (4), DeCecco (6), Gaviglio (7), Anderson (8), Smith (9) and Baker, Hicks (6)

CWS – Noesi, Putnam (3), Surkamp (3), Carroll (4), Phillips (6), Kensing (8), Leon (9) and Flowers, Soto (5), Smith (9)

Home Runs – SEA: Ruggiano (1), Lara (1); CWS: None

Attendance – 4,542           Time – 3:07

PEORIA, Ariz. – The Mariners allowed a pair of runs in the 9th after the Arizona leadoff batter reached via error, and dropped a 4-3 decision to the visiting Diamondbacks in split-squad play today. The loss came in front of 9,130 fans at Peoria Stadium in Cactus League play.

Seattle had taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth as outfielder Gabby Guerrero tripled to lead off the inning and scored on Tyler Marlette’s single to right, snapping a 2-2 tie.

Justin Germano (0-1) took the loss after allowing a pair of runs, only one earned run, in the top of the ninth. Dan Runzler picked up the win for Arizona, and Jeremy Accardo was credited with the save.

Prior to the ninth, Seattle pitching was strong all day, beginning with starter Hisashi Iwakuma, who retired all six batters faced in his 2.0 inning stint. He was followed by Dominic Leone (1.0 IP, 1 K), Trey Cochran-Gill (1.0 IP, 1 ER), David Rollins(1.0 IP, 1 K), Emilio Pagan (1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), Paul Fry (2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K) and Germano.

Rickie Weeks provided Seattle’s first run of the day, hitting a massive solo homer over the 40-foot batters eye in center field in the sixth inning. It was his first homer of the spring. Seattle added a second run in the inning as D.J. Petersondoubled and was driven home on an RBI single by catcher Jesus Sucre.

Mark Trumbo homered for Arizona off Seattle minor leaguer Cochran-Gill.

LINESCORE                   1 2 3       4 5 6     7 8 9               R       H      E   

DIAMONDBACKS        0 0 0       1 0 1     0 0 2     –       4     10      0

MARINERS                    0 0 0       0 0 2     0 1 0     –       3     11      1

  W – Runzler (1-0); L – Germano (0-1); SV – Accardo (1).

  ARI – Collmenter, Chafin (3), Arias (5), Crabbe (6), Runzler (7), Accardo (9) and Gosewich, Lalli (7).

  SEA – Iwakuma, Leone (3), Cochran-Gill (4), Rollins (5), Pagan (6), Fry (7), Germano (9) and Zunino, Sucre (6).

Home Runs – ARI: Trumbo (1); SEA: Weeks (1).

Attendance – 9,130                Time – 2:48

 

The Mariners (3-2) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Sunday, March 8) on the road at the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. The game will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle in the Seattle market (no TV). Left-hander J.A. Happ is scheduled to make the start for the Mariners against Reds right-hander Jason Marquis.

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