Mariners Fall to Diamondbacks in Cactus League Action

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

Peoria, AZ (ISN) – A two-RBI, sixth inning triple by Evan Marzilli turned out to be the difference, as the Arizona Diamondbacks handed the Seattle Mariners a 4-2 loss in Cactus League spring training action Saturday night in front of 11,319 at Peoria Stadium.

The Diamondbacks Evan Marzilli was a Mariners killer Saturday as this 2-RBI triple gave Arizona the 4-2 win over Seattle (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The loss was the second of the day for the Mariners, as earlier in the day, a split squad lost a 5-4 decision to the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Arizona.

Felix Hernandex got the start for the Mariners on Saturday night – his second of the spring season – and he looked a little rusty early, givng up a run in the second inning, thanks in part to a single by the D’Backs Peter O’Brien, a double by Brett Hayes and an RBI-groundout from Marzilli that scored O’Brien.

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Seattle’s Felix Hernandez made his second spring start Saturday, going 4.0 innings and giving up 1 run on three hits (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Mariners would respond with one of their own in the bottom of the inning, when Adam Lind and Steve Clevenger would get to Arizona starter Tyler Wagner with back-to back, one-out singles, with Lind then scoring on an RBI-groundout by Efren Navarro.

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Seattle’s Leonys Martin dives safely back into first on a pick-off attempt (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

After Hernandez settled down nicely to complete four full innings of work, retiring the last four batters he faced and seven of the last eight, Navarro struck again for Seattle, launching a solo home-run in the bottom of the fourth that gave the Mariners a brief 2-1 lead.

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Seattle’s Nelson Cruz mulls what could have been after making an out Saturday. Cruz was 0-4 on the night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Diamondbacks would get that back in the fifth, when the speedy Socrates Brito would triple to the wall off Mariner reliever Mike Montgomery and then come in to score on ground out by Nick Ahmed.

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Seattle’s Efren Navarro seems to have a slight smile on his face after smashing a solo home-run in the bottom of the fourth inning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

After the Mariners wasted a one-out triple by Ketel Marte in the bottom of the inning, the Diamondbacks would strike again in the top of the sixth. Seattle reliever Blake Parker would give up a one-out walk to Zach Borenstein and a two-out single to Hayes, setting the stage for Marzilli’s game winning triple to centre that would round out the scoring for both teams.

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Seattle’s Ketel Marte scurries around the bases en route to a triple Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Offensively for the D’Backs, Brito and Hayes had a pair of hits each, while Marzilli finished with three RBIs. For Seattle, third baseman Ed Lucas quietly had three hits in the losing effort.

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Arizona’s Zach Borenstein dives safely back into first before the tag from Seattle’s Adam Lind on this pick off attempt Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Arizona’s Wagner, who went five innings, giving up the two run on five Mariner hits, improves his record to 3-0 on the spring with an ERA of 4.50. Four other Diamondback relievers saw action and held the Mariners to four scattered hits over the final four innings.

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Arizona’s Tyler Wagner went 5 full innings to get his third win of the spring (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For the Mariners, Hernandez finished with four strikeouts and a no-decision. Parker takes the loss in relief. Relievers Vidal Nuño, Dan Altavilla and Joel Peralta did not allow a run in the final 3.1 frames to keep the game close.

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Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) turns the double play late in Saturday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

With the win against the Mariners and an earlier split-squad win over the Texas Rangers, the Diamondbacks improve to 15-4-1 for the spring, while the Mariner’s two losses drops their record to 9-10-2.

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Seattle first baseman Dalton Kelly throws from his knees to first after making a nice diving play on a ground ball late in Saturday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The M’s will have a quick chance to turn that around, as they now meet Cleveland in a 1:00 pm affair on Sunday with Wade Miley scheduled to make his third start of the spring for the M’s. Cleveland will start left-hander TJ House.

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