SURPRISE, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners were limited to a solo homer by Mitch Haniger, his second of the spring, and an RBI triple from Jarrod Dyson and dropped an 8-2 decision to the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Mariners winning streak was snapped at three, as the club fell to 5-2 in their first seven Cactus League games.
The Mariners trailed 2-0 heading in the fourth inning after allowing single runs in the 1st and 3rd innings. With one out, Haniger halved the lead with a solo shot to left field, his second homer of the spring. Boog Powell dropped a 2-out single into left field and Dyson, batting leadoff and playing center field, followed with a game-tying RBI triple into the right field corner. Dyson and Haniger were the Mariners players with multiple hits; both were 2-for-3.
Dyson is now hitting .500 (5-for-10) this spring, while Haniger checks in at .429 (6-for-13).
The fourth inning rally got Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma off the hook. Making his first start of the spring, Iwakuma allowed 1 run on 3 hits. He allowed a double to Carlos Gomez to leadoff the bottom of the 1st, and Gomez came around to score for an early 1-0 Texas lead.
Left-handed Marc Rzepczynski tossed a scoreless inning 6th inning, but every other Mariners pitcher allowed at least one run: Nick Vincent (1.0 IP, 1 ER), Dillon Overton (2.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER), Ryan Weber (1.0 IP, 1 ER) and Dan Altavilla (1.0 IP, 3 ER).
Seattle collected 8 hits on the day. In addition to Dyson (2 hits) and Haniger’s solo homer, Robinson Canó doubled and collected a pair of walks, while Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and Powell all collected one hit.
The Mariners (5-2) face the Colorado Rockies (5-3) as the team returns to Cactus League play tomorrow (Saturday, March 4) at 12:10 PT/1:10 MT at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to make his second Cactus League start for the Mariners against Rockies right-hander Jon Gray.
MARINERS 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 – 2 8 2
RANGERS 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 3 x – 8 12 0
W – Sadzeck (1-0); L – Overton (0-1); SV – None
SEA – Iwakuma, Vincent (3), Overton (4), Rzepczynski (6), Weber (7), Altavilla (8) and Goswisch, Baron (6)
TEX – Wagner, Sadzeck (3), Webster (5), Claudio (7), Laclerc (8), Dragmire (9) and Lucroy, Lerud (6)
Home Runs – SEA: Haniger (2); TEX: Gomez (1), Gallo (1), Robinson (1)
Attendance – 5,084 Time – 2:44