Seattle Mariners let a late lead slip away but held on for a 5-5 tie

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(ISN) – GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners let a late lead slip away but held on for a 5-5 tie against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday afternoon in Cactus League play at Camelback Ranch.

 

First baseman Logan Morrison went 2-for-3 with a triple and home run and starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma threw 4.0 scoreless innings to lead the Mariners, who are now 6-7-1 in spring training play.

Iwakuma allowed 5 hits in his 4.0 scoreless innings, striking out  a pair and did not walk a batter in his second spring training start. Right-hander Kevin Correia made his Mariners spring debut with a scoreless inning.

Morrison opened the scoring with a solo home run off White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija in the top of the 4th inning. James Jones doubled home a run and Robinson Canó tabbed a run-scoring single in the 5th inning to extend the lead to 3-0. Morrison and Dustin Ackley tripled in the top of the 6th padding the lead to 4-0.

The White Sox trailed 5-2 in the 8th inning, but pulled even with three runs. Outfielder Trayce Thompson hit a game-tying 2-run home run off Rafael Perez to tie the game. The White Sox had the game-winning run in scoring position in the bottom of the 9th inning, but Joe Saunders recorded a strikeout and groundout to end the game in a tie.

                                                                                                

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

MARINERS              0 0 0      1 2 1    1 0 0    –       5     10     0

WHITE SOX             0 0 0      0 0 1    1 3 0    –       5     14     1

SEA – Iwakuma, Correia (5), Medina (6), Furbush (7), Perez (8), Saunders (8) and Zunino, Sucre (6)

CWS – Samardzija, Surkamp (5), Montas (6), Beck (7), Webb (9) and Flowers, Soto (7)

Home Runs – SEA: Morrison (1); CWS: Thompson (1)

Attendance – 5,878       Time – 3:13

The Mariners (6-7-1) continue Cactus League play tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18) vs. the Oakland Athletics at Peoria stadium. RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, 3.60) is scheduled to make the start against A’s left-hander Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 1.80).

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