PEORIA, Ariz. – The Mariners rode a pair of big hits to a sweep of Cactus League split squad games today, as a Dustin Ackley bases-loaded double helped lead Seattle to an 8-1 win over the Colorado Rockies in a home game in Peoria Stadium, and a Chris Taylor grand slam home run erased a four-run deficit as Seattle came-from-behind to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Monday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.
 
In Peoria, the Mariners broke out for a total of eight runs in the middle three innings, including a five-run 5th highlighted by Ackley’s bases clearing double.
 
Robinson Cano continues to swing a hot bat, as his 2-for-3 day boosted his spring average to .556, while Ackley’s 2-for-3 day boosted his average to an even .600.
 
Seattle totaled 11 hits, 5 walks and 3 stolen bases against six Colorado pitchers.
 
Starter Blake Beavan became the first Seattle pitcher to work 3.0 innings this spring, allowing 4 hits and 1 run. Ramon Ramirez (2-0) picked up the win with 2.0 scoreless innings, and Anthony Fernandez, Mark Rogers, Zach Minor and Bobby LaFromboise each tossed scoreless frames for the Mariners.
 
In Goodyear the Mariners rallied for four runs in the top of the 7th inning, including Taylor’s grand slam home run to straight away left field. It was his first home run of the spring and also the Mariners first grand slam home run.
 
The Mariners committed three errors in the in the 3rd inning which lead to four runs (three unearned runs) to allow the Reds to take an early 4-0 lead. Mariners relievers allowed only one earned run (2 runs) over the final 6.1 innings, including holding the Reds scoreless over the final 4.0 innings to keep the Mariners within striking distance.
 
Catcher Mike Zunino got the Mariners on the board with a RBI double down the left field line scoring Nate Tenbrink from second base in the 5th inning. Shortstop Brad Miller added another run with solo blast to right field, his first of the spring.
 
Right-handed reliever Logan Kensing picked up the win with 2.0 scoreless innings, while lefty Nick Hill earned the save after striking out the side in the 9th inning.
 
Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez allowed three runs (one earned run) on four hits, while striking out two in 2.2 innings of work. 
 
The Mariners (5-1) continue Cactus League play tomorrow as they travel to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Glendale (MLB.tv and delayed on MLB Network). The Game begins at 1:05 pm MT/12:05 pm PT. RH Felix Hernandez will make his first start, while Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson will start for LA.
 
LINESCORE                     1 2 3        4 5 6      7 8 9                R       H      E   
ROCKIES                          0 0 1        0 0 0      0 0 0      -         1        8      2
MARINERS                      0 0 0        1 5 2      0 0 x      -         8      11      0
WP: R. Ramirez (2-0) LP: Scahill (0-1) SV: None.
COL – B. Anderson, Lopez (3), Ottavino (4), Scahill (5), Burke (5), Gray (7) and McKenry, Murphy (6).
SEA – Beavan, R. Ramirez (4), Fernandez (6), Rogers (7), Miner (8), LaFromboise (9) and Quintero, Dowd (6).
Home Runs –COL: None; SEA: None.
Attendance – 3,527       Time – 2:51
 
LINESCORE                    1 2 3       4 5 6     7 8 9               R       H      E   
MARINERS                     0 0 0        0 1 1      4 0 0      –        6        9      5
REDS                              0 0 0        4 1 0      0 0 0      –        5        8      0
W – Kensing (1-0); L – Rogers (0-1); SV – Hill (1)
SEA – Ramirez, Ruffin (3), Furbush (5), Kensing (6), Medina (8), Hill (9) and Zunino, Sucre (5).
CIN – Simon, Chapman (4), Rogers (6), Guillon (7), Hays (9), and Pena, Perez (6).
Home Runs – SEA: Miller (1), Taylor (1); CIN: None.
Attendance –2,252                Time – 2:48
 
FTP Video Highlights:
The following highlights (among others) are available to media for download via MarinersMedia.com:
·         Blake Beavan induces double play (1st inning)
·         Corey Hart steals home (4th inning)
·         Dustin Ackley bases loaded double (5th inning)
·         Robinson Cano RBI single (5th inning)
·         Nick Franklin RBI double (5th inning)
·         Lloyd McClendon post-game interview