MARINERS (SS) 8, ROCKIES (SS) 1 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
MARINERS (SS) 6, REDS 5 (AT GOODYEAR BALLPARK)
The facts: The Mariners improved to 5-1 when they bounced back from a loss to Cleveland by sweeping a split-squad doubleheader Monday against Colorado in Peoria and Cincinnati in Goodyear.
Plays of the game: Chris Taylor’s grand slam in the seventh inning against the Reds completed a comeback 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.
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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 two for three, including a leadoff single prior to 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.” — 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 inning.
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 last Thursday’s opener on a slide at third…The victory over the Reds amounted to a 50th birthday present for bench coach Trent Jewett, who managed that game…Lefty 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…Non-roster invite Zach Miner struck out the side in the eighth against against the Rockies…Abraham Almonte made two nice running catches at the center-field wall against the Rockies.
Up next: Felix Hernandez is slotted for two innings Tuesday in his spring debut when the 12-mile trip to Glendale to play the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are starting bearded reliever Brian Wilson. The game starts at 12:05 p.m. Pacific time.