Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz each hit three-run blasts en route to 8-0 win.

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(ISN) – PEORIA, Ariz. – A pair of three-run home runs by Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz powered the Mariners to an 8-0 win over the Rangers Sunday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

The game was played in front of 9,543 fans as the Mariners improved their Cactus League record at 9-8-2.

The Mariners rallied with two outs in the first inning with back-to-back singles by Robinson Cano and Cruz in front of a Seager three run home run to left-center. Cano was in the middle of the next rally, following Seth Smith’s one out walk with a single to left before a Cruz three-run shot off the center-field wall high above the yellow line.

Cruz has hit a home run in each of his last two games and now has three home runs on the spring. During Cactus League play, he is hitting .407 (11×27) with 5 runs, 3 home runs and 7 RBI.

Seattle tacked on two runs in the fifth inning on back-to-back doubles by Logan Morrison and Dustin Ackley

James Paxton, making his first start of the Cactus League this spring, tossed 3.1 shutout innings while working around five hits, all singles. The relief corps consisting of David Rollins (1.2 IP), Danny Farquhar (1.2 IP), Carson Smith (1.1 IP) andDominic Leone (1.0 IP) combined to throw the second Mariners shutout of the spring.

                                                                                                

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

RANGERS             0 0 0     0 0 0   0 0 0   –      0    10    0

MARINERS            3 0 3     0 2 0   0 0 X   –      8      8    0

W – James Paxton (1-0); L – Yovani Gallardo (0-1); SV – None              

 TEX – Gallardo, Claudio (5), Kela (7), Feliz (8) and Alfaro, Gimenez (6)

SEA – Paxton, Rollins (4), Farquhar (6), Smith (7), Leone (9) and Sucre and Baker (7)

Home Runs – SEA: Seager (2), Cruz (3); TEX: None

Attendance – 9,943     Time – 2:47       Temp – 82°

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