Canó Extends Hitting Streak to 7 Games With 4-For-4 Day.
MESA, Ariz. – Robinson Canó went 4-for-4 with 4 runs scored, 3 home runs, 7 RBI and 1 walk as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Chicago Cubs, 12-9, before a crowd of 15,438 on Sunday afternoon at Sloan Park. James Paxton picked up the win to improve to 2-1 this spring.
Canó extended his hitting streak to seven games and is now batting .478 (11×23) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 11 RBI during the streak.
For the 6th consecutive game, the Mariners scored in the first inning. After Ketel Marte singled to right field with one out, Canó belted a no-doubt home run to right field to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Chicago cut the Mariners lead in half on Dexter Fowler’s solo home run to right field.
Seattle erupted to score 5 runs with two outs in the top of the second. Dae-Ho Lee singled before Luis Sardiñas and Norichika Aoki drew back-to-back walks. Marte drove in a pair of runs with a double, and Canó drilled a three-run home run to left field to extend the Mariners advantage to 7-1.
The Cubs got five runs back in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run from Jason Heyward and a three-run homer off the bat of Addison Russell. Chicago evened the score at 7-7 in the bottom of the fourth on a Kris Bryant RBI single.
Seattle regained the lead, 9-7, in the top of the fifth as Seth Smith lined a two-run double down the right-field line, extending his hitting streak to 7 games. The Mariners added a run in the top of the sixth on a run-scoring single from Adam Lind.
Canó capped a stellar day at the plate with a two-run home run – his third of the game and sixth of the spring – to center field in the top of the eighth, extending the Mariners lead to 12-7.
The Cubs plated a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth for the final tally of 12-9 in favor of Seattle.
In his 5th start in Cactus League play, Paxton went 4.0 innings, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits while walking 3. Donn Roach worked 2.0 scoreless innings and struck out 2. Joel Peralta tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh, striking out 2.
Marte went 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored, 1 double, 2 RBI and 1 walk to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. Marte has now scored at least two runs in each of his last four games.
The Mariners (14-12-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Monday, March 28) at 1:10 pm against the Kansas City Royals at Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Nathan Karns is scheduled to face Royals right-hander Kris Medlen. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network, and televised on ROOT SPORTS.
MARINERS 2 5 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 – 12 12 2
CUBS 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 – 9 11 0
W – Paxton (2-1); L – Hammel (2-1); SV – None
SEA – Paxton, Roach (5), Peralta (7), Nuño (8), Cishek (9) and Iannetta
CHC – Hammel, Patton (5), Cahill (6), Warren (9) and Schwarber, Ross (6)
Home Runs – SEA: Canó 3 (6); CHC: Fowler (3), Heyward (2), Russell (4), Szczur (1)
Attendance – 15,438 Time – 3:18