SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners won their sixth straight Cactus League game, defeating the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in front of 7,213 fans at Scottsdale Stadium Thursday. The six-game winning streak is the club’s longest in Cactus League play since also running off six in a row in 2004.
Nick Franklin (#1) and Franklin Gutierrez (#2) homered, giving Seattle 14 home runs this spring, the most in baseball (Cactus or Grapefruit League).
Seattle scored a pair of runs in the second inning on a Jesus Montero double, Alex Liddi sacrifice fly and a solo homer from Franklin. The Mariners added single runs in the third (back-to-back doubles from Casper Wells and Justin Smoak) and fifth (solo HR by Gutierrez). Smoak finished the game 2-for-3 and is now hitting .583 (7-for-12) this spring.
Seattle starter Jon Garland (1-0) was making his spring debut, and his first appearance since June 1, 2011. Garland missed all of the 2012 season recovering from an injury. He allowed 1 hit and 1 walk in 1.0 inning of work. Blake Beavan (3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 SO) and Erasmo Ramirez (2.0 IP, 2 H, SO) followed. Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0 IP, 2 SO), Carter Capps (1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) and Yoervis Medina (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R; SV #1) closed out the game.
Capps allowed back-to-back hits to open the eighth inning, but came back with three consecutive strikeouts to strand the tying run on base. Medina retired the first two batters in the ninth, before a seeing-eye grounder and a two-strike double put the tying run on second base. Medina retired the next batter on a fly to center to end the game.
The Mariners (6-1) return to Peoria Stadium after three straight road games to host the Texas Rangers tomorrow. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network; it is available live online via Mariners.com (subscription required). Left-handed pitcher James Paxton is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Rangers right-hander Randy Wells.