PEORIA, Ariz. – The Mariners used a 5-run 6th inning to come-from-behind to defeat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Goodyear Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Mariners improved to 4-1 in their first five Cactus League games.
Center fielder Leonys Martin led the team with 3 hits, going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI. Left fielder Boog Powell (2×3, R, RBI) and right fielder Tyler O’Neill (2×3, R, 2 doubles) also recorded multi-hit contests, while second baseman Robinson Canó, catcher Mike Zunino, right fielder Ben Gamel, second baseman Zach Shank, designated hitter Nevin Ashley, center fielder Guillermo Heredia and left fielder James Ramsey each had 1 of the Mariners 14 hits.
The Mariners have recorded at least 10 hits in 4 of their first 5 games.
Trailing 0-1 through the first five innings, the Mariners took their first lead of the game sending 10 men to the plate and scoring 5 runs on 5 hits in 6th inning. Zunino led off the inning on a double down the left field line. Pinch hitter O’Neill followed Zunino with a double to left field scoring pinch runner Jay Baum to tie the game 1-1. After shortstop Tyler Smith reached base on a fielder’s choice putting runners on first and third with one out, Powell had an RBI bunt single scoring O’Neill from third. Martin had a RBI double and Shank drove in two runs on a single to left field to cap the scoring in the 6th inning.
The Mariners capped off their scoring with 2 additional runs in the top of the 7th inning. Heredia doubled to left field scoring Ashley, who reached on a single to right field. Heredia than scored as Ramsey singled to center field. In 5 Spring Training games, Heredia is batting .600 (6×10) with 5 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 5 RBI and 1 walk. He currently leads the team in runs scored, doubles and RBI.
Left-hander Drew Smyly, making his first start of the spring, allowed 1 walk and struck out 2 over 2.0 scoreless innings, but did not factor into the decision. Right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner (1.0 IP) allowed a solo home run to Indians second baseman Michael Martinez with 2 outs in the bottom the third inning. Relievers Edwin Diaz (1.0 IP), Thyago Vieira (1.0) and Max Povse (1.0) combined to hold the Indians to only 2 hits and struck out 2 over 3.0 scoreless innings. Right-hander Peter Tago allowed 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning before right-handers Micah Owing and Casey Fein tossed scoreless innings to secure the victory. Fein earned the save, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2 in a scoreless 9th inning. Overall the pitching staff allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 2 over 9.0 innings.
The Mariners (4-1) face the Milwaukee Brewers (2-3) as the team returns to Cactus League play tomorrow (Thursday, March 2) at 12:10 PT/1:10 MT at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Left-handed pitcher Ariel Miranda is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start for the Mariners against Brewers right-hander Matt Garza.
MARINERS 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 – 7 14 0
INDIANS 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 – 4 8 2
W – Vieira (1-0); L – Merritt (0-1); SV – Fein (1)
SEA – Smyly, Scribner (3), Diaz (4), Vieira (5), Povse (6), Tago (7), Owings (8), Fein (9) and Zunino, Littlewood (6)
CLE – Bauer, Goody (4), Merritt (5), Peoples (6), Crockett (7), Olson (8), Milner (9) and Gomes, Moore (5)
Home Runs – SEA: None; CLE: Martinez (1)
Attendance – 3,443 Time – 3:07