GIANTS 9, MARINERS 8 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
The winning run scored when Mark Lowe threw a wild pitch with Kelby Tomlinson on third after a two-run triple against Ramirez.
It was pretty ugly stuff, but before that…
Mike Zunino hit two more homers and turned in a defensive gem on a bunt that helped the Mariners build an 8-4 lead.
“I’ve been able to implement some stuff I worked on in the offseason,” said Zunino, who has six homers in 42 at-bats. “I’m continuing to use these at-bats to build on it. I’m feeling better.
“It’s one of those things; you want to build on it for the regular season.”
Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma relied more on his slider because a small blister prevented him from throwing his split-finger fastball as much as usual.
Iwakuma missed on a 2-2 slider pitch to Justin Maxwell in the fourth, and the result was a booming three-run homer. Even so, Iwakuma was generally pleased despite giving up four runs and five hits in five innings.
“I feel I can enter the season right now, physically,” he said. “Obviously, from here on, it’s all mental. I feel like I have a lot of life on my fastball. That’s a good sign.”
“That was just ‘get out there and see if you can get it before he gets down the line,’ ” Zunino said. “Obviously, Blanco is a fast guy, and he put down a great bunt.”
Zunino’s strong throw to first narrowly beat Blanco for the out.