ZUNINO, MOTTER HOMER IN MARINERS 9-0 VICTORY OVER THE RANGERS

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PEORIA, Ariz. – The Mariners tallied 9 runs on 10 hits while holding the Rangers scoreless on just 3 hits en route to a 9-0 win before a crowd of 5,483 on Monday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. Mike Zunino drove in 3 runs, Drew Smyly tossed 3.0 scoreless innings and Mariners relievers combined to allow just 2 hits over 6.0 scoreless innings.

 

Zunino got the scoring started in the bottom of the 2nd with a no-doubt solo home run to left field, as the Mariners took a 1-0 lead. It was Zunino’s second home run of the spring. Zunino finished 2-for-3 with 2 runs, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBI and 1 walk and is now batting .308 (4×13) with 4 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 RBI in 6 games this spring.

 

The Mariners batted around in the bottom of the 3rd, sending 10 men to the plate and adding 5 runs on 5 hits to extend their lead to 6-0. Mitch Haniger led off with a single to center field and later scored on a single off the bat of Daniel Vogelbach. Zunino followed with a two-run double into the left-center field gap. Taylor Motter capped the scoring with two-run blast to center field, his first home run of the spring.

 

The Mariners tacked on 2 runs in the 5th and 1 run in the 6th for the final score of 9-0.

 

In his second start of the spring, Smyly improved to 1-0 after holding the Rangers to one hit over 3.0 innings pitched. He struck out 3 and walked 1. Smyly made his final start before departing camp Thursday to join Team United States for the World Baseball Classic. He has tossed 5.0 scoreless innings this spring while allowing 1 hit and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts.

 

Max Povse retired each Rangers batter he faced, striking out 1 in 2.0 scoreless innings. Cody Martin also blanked Texas over two innings of work. Jean Machi followed with a 1-2-3 top of the 8th, getting three groundball outs. In his 3rd appearance of the spring, Nick Hagadone worked around an error and a walk to keep Texas off the board in the 9th.

 

The Mariners (7-4) have the first of three off days this spring tomorrow. Seattle returns to Cactus League play Wednesday, March 8 hosting the Cleveland Indians at 6:10 pm PT/7:10 MT at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is slated to make his second Cactus League start for the Mariners against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

RANGERS              0 0 0     0 0 0   0 0 0   –      0      3    2

MARINERS             0 1 5     0 2 1   0 0 x   –      9    10    1

W – Smyly (1-0); L – Griffin (0-1); SV – None

TEX – Griffin, Claiborne (3), Leclerc (4), Gamboa (5), Dragmire (7), Claudio (8) and Jimenez, Nicholas (6)

SEA – Smyly, Povse (4), Martin (6), Machi (8), Hagadone (9) and Zunino, Marlette (7)

Home Runs – TEX: None; SEA: Zunino (2), Motter (1).

Attendance – 5,483        Time – 2:48

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