Smith Drives in 3, Extends Hitting Streak to 5 Games

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Mariners teamed for 10 runs on 18 hits – a team-best this spring – in a 10-8 victory over Colorado in front of a crowd of 11,365 at Salt River Field at Talking Stick.

In his 5th start of the spring, Taijuan Walker tossed 3.2 innings, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Walker earned the win and is now 1-2 this spring. Donn Roach posted 2.1 scoreless innings in relief, his 4th consecutive scoreless outing – all of which have been at least 2.0 innings.

Seth Smith was 2-for-4 with 1 run scored, 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Smith has now hit safely in 5 straight games, batting .571 (8×14) with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 triples and 6 RBI during the streak. Shawn O’Malley finished 1-for-3 with 2 runs scored, 1 double and 1 RBI. O’Malley has now scored 15 runs this spring, tops in MLB.

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after O’Malley walked and scored on Nelson Cruz’s single to right field. Back-to-back doubles from Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story in the bottom of the first quickly evened the score at 1-1. Colorado took a 2-1 lead on Carlos Gonzalez’s double to right-center field, the Rockies third straight double to begin the inning. Two outs later, Gonzalez scored on DJ LeMahieu’s single to make it 3-1 in favor of Colorado at the end of one frame.

Seattle responded with 3 runs in the top of the second, reclaiming the lead, 4-3. Stefen Romero started the inning with a single and later scored on an error, one of three Colorado errors in the inning. Smith continued his hot hitting with a ringing double off the wall in center field to score Dae-Ho Lee and Chris Taylor.

Colorado tied the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the second as Dustin Garneau led off with a double and came around to score on a single from Blackmon.

Daniel Robertson hit his team-leading 3rd triple of the spring to plate Chris Taylor in the top of the fourth and once again put the Mariners in front, 5-4. O’Malley and Smith followed with back-to-back doubles to extend the lead to 7-4. Steve Clevenger capped the scoring in the inning at 8-4 with a two-out, run-scoring single.

Garneau and Blackmon scored on a two-run double from Gonzalez in the bottom of the fourth to bring the Rockies within two runs of the Mariners, 8-6.

The Mariners tacked on 2 insurance runs in the top of the eighth, keyed by a double off the bat of Efren Navarro and a triple from Austin Wilson. The Rockies scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, but the Mariners lead held at 10-8.

The Mariners (11-12-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Friday, March 25) at 1:10 pm against the Chicago White Sox at Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Felix Hernandez is scheduled to face White Sox right-hander Jose Quintana. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network (delayed), and televised on ROOT SPORTS.

MARINERS                    1 3 0       4 0 0     0 2 0     –     10     18      0

ROCKIES                        3 1 0       2 0 0     0 0 2     –       8     13      5

W – Walker (1-2); L – Flande (0-1); SV – None

SEA – Walker, Roach (4), Guaipe (7), Montgomery (9) and Clevenger, Brantly (7)

COL – Chatwood, Flande (4), Logan (6), Motte (7), Schlitter (8), Miller (9) and Garneau, Williams (7)

Home Runs – SEA: None; COL: None

Attendance – 11,365         Time – 3:12