PEORIA, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners allowed five runs in the sixth inning in a 10-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians Saturday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners have still won 7 of their last 9 Cactus League games, and with an 18-9 record trail only the Kansas City Royals (20) for the most spring wins.
The Mariners and Indians combined for 15 runs on 34 hits, including 16 hits by Seattle to tie a spring high. The Mariners first four batters – Michael Saunders (2x5, R), Robert Andino (2x4, 2 R, BB), Raul Ibanez (3x4, R, HR, 3 RBI), Justin Smoak (3x5, 2 2B, RBI) – combined to go 10-for-18 with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI. Designated hitter Kelly Shoppach recorded the Mariners other multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a double.
Mariners starting pitcher Blake Beavan recorded the loss, allowing 16 hits and 9 runs (8 ER) over 6.1 innings, allowing two home runs. The right-hander struck out three and did not walk a batter. Relievers Stephen Kohlscheen (0.2 IP), Danny Farquhar (1.0 IP), Charlie Furbush (1.0 IP) combined to hold the Indians scoreless over 2.2 inning, before Tom Wilhelmsen allowed a run in the 9th inning.
Raul Ibañez tied the game 4-4 in 5th with a one-out, two-run home run off Scott Kazmir. It was his fourth home run of the spring. It also marked the 48th longball hit by the Mariners, second-most in franchise history during spring play. Kyle Seager gave the Mariners a 5-4 lead with a triple to right-center as part of a 3-run 5th, before relinquishing the lead with a five-run top of the 6th inning.
Catcher Jesus Montero left the game in the second inning with a head contusion after being hit on a follow through by Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor. Minor league catcher Michael Dowd replaced Montero behind the plate for the remainder of the game.
Seattle returns to Cactus League play tomorrow with a road game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. Left-hander Joe Saunders (1-0, 9.45) is scheduled to appear in his fourth Cactus League game and third start against Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley.
LINESCORE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
INDIANS 0 0 3 0 1 5 0 0 1 - 10 18 1
MARINERS 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 - 5 16 1
WP: Kazmir (1-0) LP: Beavan (1-1) SV: None
CLE – Kazmir, Pestano (6), Capps (7), Huff (8) and Marson, Santos (6)
SEA – Beavan, Kohlscheen (6), Farquhar (7), Furbush (8), Wilhelmsen (9) and Montero, Dowd (2)
Home Runs – CLE: Phelps (3), Giambi (3); SEA: Ibañez (4)
Attendance – 9,473 Time – 3:14