MARINERS 8, CUBS 7, 10 INNINGS (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
The facts: Ty Kelly’s walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning capped another Mariners’ comeback Monday night in an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs. John Buck’s two-run, two-out single fueled a three-run ninth inning. It was the Mariners’ third late-inning comeback in five games.
Play of the game: Second baseman Robinson Cano saved at least one run in the Chicago second by turning a hot grounder up the middle by Christian Villanueva into an inning-ending double play.
Plus: Brad Miller delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the second inning and hit a go-ahead homer in the fourth…Cano also had two doubles (his first extra-base hits of the spring) and is 12 for 19.…Fernando Rodney worked around a two-out single in a scoreless fifth.
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Minus: Jesus Montero replaced Justin Smoak at first base in the sixth inning and made two errors that led to Chicago’s four-run inning…Randy Wolf surrendered two one-run leads in his four innings, both times on booming solo homers. Mike Olt in the first; Javier Baez in the fourth…Lefty Charlie Furbush, who has been battling biceps soreness, made his first appearance since March 3 and gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Quotable: “Anybody who is camp, it’s not a reach. You’re here, at this point, for a reason. Because you’ve got a chance. Everybody who is still in this camp still has a chance.” — manager Lloyd McClendon on the 44 players remaining on the camp roster.
Extra innings: The Mariners, at 12-4-1, passed the midway point in their 33-game spring schedule…Right fielder Corey Hart got another day to recover from what club officials characterize as minor soreness in his right forearm and back. Hart also dismissed concerns…Right-hander Taijuan Walker is scheduled to throw his first bullpen workout Thursday since his week-long shutdown earlier this month because of bursitis in his shoulder.
Up next: The Mariners tweaked their rotation plans Thursday for the first of back-to-back trips to Salt River Fields. Right-hander Blake Beavan will now start against Arizona at 1:10 p.m. Erasmo Ramirez is shifting to a piggyback role behind Felix Hernandez for Friday night’s game against Colorado.