SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners wrapped up their 40th Spring Training with an 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies before a crowd of 8,018 on Saturday afternoon at Salt River Field at Talking Stick. The Mariners improved to 16-14-3 in Cactus League action. Nathan Karns picked up the win to move to 2-1 this spring, and Nick Vincent earned his first save of the spring.
Colorado took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Nolan Arenado led off the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Gerardo Parra. Both runners eventually came around to score.
The Mariners cut the Rockies lead to 2-1 in the top of the third when Kyle Seager drew a two-out walk and scored on Robinson Canó’s double off the wall in left-center field. Seattle plated four runs in the top of the sixth for a 5-2 advantage. Dae-Ho Lee delivered the key base hit in the inning, a two-run double to left field.
The Rockies responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, but Seattle still held a two-run lead, 5-3.
The first five Mariners batters in the top of the seventh reached base safely, and three came around to score, extending Seattle’s lead to 8-3. Luis Sardiñas drove home Efren Navarro with a double. It was Sardiñas’ 16th RBI of the spring, 2nd-most on the club behind Canó who finished with 17 RBI. Lee picked up his third RBI of the game with a single to right field.
Colorado scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Mariners held on for the 8-5 victory.
In his 7th and final start of Spring Training, Karnsallowed 3 runs on 3 hits over 6.0 innings pitched. Karns struck out 8 – the most by a Mariners starter this spring – and walked 2. At one point, Karns retired 12 consecutive batters – 6 on strikeouts – starting with the third out in the bottom of the second inning through the second out in the bottom of the sixth.
Mike Montgomery (8th) and Vincent (9th) each pitched 1.0 scoreless inning in relief.
The Mariners concluded their 40th spring training with a record of 16-14-3. Seattle will open the 2016 season Monday, April 4 at Globe Life Park against the Texas Rangers. Right-hander Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his 9th Opening Day start (8th consecutive) against Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network, and televised on ROOT SPORTS.