MARINERS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3 (AT SALT RIVER FIELDS)
The facts: The Mariners built an early lead for Blake Beavan, who limited the Diamondbacks to one run in 4 2/3 innings. Robinson Cano had two hits and two RBIs as the Mariners improved to 13-4-1.
Play of the game: Willie Bloomquist and Cano had successive two-out singles in a three-run second inning that stretched the lead to 4-0.
Plus: Every starter in the Mariners’ lineup reached base by the end of the fourth inning…Beavan’s 4 2/3 innings marked the longest outing of the spring by an M’s pitcher…Hector Noesi followed Beavan by holding the D-Backs to one run in 2 1/3 scoreless innings…Logan Morrison hit his first homer.
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Minus: Yoervis Medina gave up two hits and one run in the eighth. Other than that, there wasn’t much not to like.
Quotable: “I like a lot where I am compared to where I was last year. That’s about a 200-percent difference. This year, it’s a lot easier when you’re not having to pitch through some pain. Not having to worry about compensating for your knee and creating bad habits in your mechanics. That’s what happened to me last year.” — Mariners starter Blake Beavan, who has allowed just three earned runs over 12 2/3 innings in his four outings.
Extra innings: Right fielder Corey Hart is expected back in the lineup Friday after a four-day absence due to soreness in his forearm and lower back…The crowd of 12,611 at Salt River Fields was the fourth sellout in Mariners’ last five road games.
Up next: The Mariners are piggybacking starts for Felix Hernandez and Erasmo Ramirez when they return Friday night to Salt River Fields for a game against Colorado.