ROCKIES 4, MARINERS (SS) 3 (AT SALT RIVER FIELDS)
A’s 6, MARINERS (SS) 5 (AT PHOENIX MUNICIPAL STADIUM)
The facts: The Mariners’ sparkling spring road record hit a wall Saturday in a pair of one-run losses. They entered the day at 10-1-2 in road games. At 15-9-3 overall, they must win one of their six remaining games to finish with a winning Cactus League record for a fourth straight year.
Play of the game: Charlie Furbush yielded a walk-off RBI double in the ninth to Jason Pridie in the loss to the Rockies…Scott Baker gave up two homers to Stephen Vogt in four-plus innings against the A’s.
Plus: Brad Miller had two doubles in four at-bats against the Rockies and raised his average to .467 (21 for 45)…Justin Smoak went two for three with a homer against the Rockies…Lefty Roenis Elias gave up a two-run homer to Wilin Rosario but otherwise pitched well in 5 1/3 innings against the Rockies. Afterward, manager Lloyd McClendon said Elias is likely to get another spring start…Outfielder Stefen Romero went three for five with a double against the A’s.
Minus: Baker’s bid for a roster spot took a major hit. Not only did he give up six runs. He also walked six. The Mariners must tell him by Tuesday whether he will make the club…Robinson Cano was hitless in four at-bats against the Rockies after entering the game at 18 for 32 with a nine-game hitting streak.
Quotable: “Wherever it’s going to be, it’s going to warm-weather teams. (Hi-A) High Desert or (Double-A) Jackson. It will not be in the Pacific Northwest (Triple-A Tacoma).” — manager Lloyd McClendon on where Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker might pitch while on a minor-league rehab assignment.
Extra innings: Right-hander Brandon Maurer is slotted for another bullpen workout Sunday in his recovery from back tightness. McClendon says it will take “a miracle” for Maurer to be ready by the start of the season.
Up next: The Mariners open their final spring week Sunday by playing host to an Oakland split squad at Peoria Stadium. Lefty Randy Wolf makes his fifth spring start in his continuing bid to win a rotation spot. He has allowed six runs and 12 hits in 13 innings.