MARINERS (SS) 8, ROCKIES (SS) 1; MARINERS (SS) 6, REDS 5

bob.dutton@thenewstribune.comMarch 4, 2014 

The facts: The Mariners improved to 5-1 after bouncing back from a loss to Cleveland by sweeping a split-squad doubleheader Monday against Colorado in Peoria, Ariz., and Cincinnati in Goodyear, Ariz. Plays of the games: Chris Taylor’s grand slam in the seventh inning against the Reds completed a rally from a four-run deficit. … Dustin Ackley’s three-run double capped a five-run fifth that snapped a 1-1 tie against the Rockies.

Plus: Ackley is off to a hot start with six hits and six RBIs in 10 at-bats. … Robinson Cano was two for three against the Rockies and has five hits in nine at-bats.

Minus: The Mariners committed five errors in their victory over the Reds. Three came in a four-run third inning, including two on one play by third baseman Nate Tenbrink. But Tenbrink also went 2-for-3, including a leadoff single before Taylor’s slam in the seventh.

Quotable: “I fainted because he wasn’t supposed to be going. To his credit, he read the ball in the dirt, and it worked out for the best.” — Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon on Corey Hart’s delayed steal of home against the Rockies after a poor throw to second on Xavier Avery’s steal in the fourth.

Extra innings: Third baseman Kyle Seager should return Tuesday after a four-day absence because of a jammed right-index finger suffered in the first inning of Thursday’s opener on a slide at third base. … The victory over the Reds amounted to a 50th birthday present for bench coach Trent Jewett, who managed the split-squad game. … Left-hander Nick Hill, who spent most of last season at Double-A Jackson, preserved the one-run victory over the Reds by striking out the side in the ninth. … Nonroster invitee Zach Miner struck out the side in the eighth against the Rockies. … Abraham Almonte made two nice running catches at the center-field wall against Colorado.

Up next: Felix Hernandez is slotted for two innings Tuesday in his spring debut when the Mariners make the 12-mile trip to Glendale, Ariz., to play the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are starting bearded reliever Brian Wilson. First pitch is at 12:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on radio at 710-AM.

bob.dutton@thenewstribune.com

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