THE FACTS: Ketel Marte open the ninth inning with a triple to right against Cleveland reliever Nick Maronde. Marte then scored easily when D.J. Peterson followed with drive to deep right for a sacrifice fly.
The Mariners (4-3) blew a 3-0 lead before Marte and Peterson, the third- and second-ranked prospects on the TNT Top 10, combined for a walk-off victory.
Taijuan Walker opened the day dialing up a second straight dominant start Monday when he limited the Indians to one single in three innings while striking out four.
“I feel confident,” said Walker, who opened the spring with two scoreless innings against San Diego. “I’m healthy and strong.”
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PLAY OF THE GAME: Walker made a barehanded catch on a soft looper by Lonnie Chisenhall in the second inning. Walker retreated to his right, reached up and speared the ball.
“He made that, like, way too easy,” shortstop Brad Miller said. “He’s so athletic. Going back, down the mound, away…and he was nasty today, too. That kid, is he 21 yet? Geez…”
Walker followed his acrobatic grab by pouncing off the mound to field David Murphy’s dying chop to the third-base side. Walker set him and threw to first for the inning’s final out.
PLUS: Miller and Chris Taylor each had two hits. Miller had a pair of homers, while Taylor had a single and a double…Mike Zunino also homers and is 3-for-6…lefty Tyler Olson struck out the side in the fourth (Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley). Olson has retired all nine batters faced this season.
MINUS: Right fielder Seth Smith is 0-for-8 after going hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts…Carson Smith gave up his first runs as a Mariner when he yielded Yan Gomes’ two-run double in the sixth. Smith had 8 1/3 scoreless innings last spring, another 8 1/3 scoreless innings last September after arriving from Tacoma and two scoreless innings earlier this spring…Justin Ruggiano, Kyle Seager, Logan Morrison and Dustin Ackley were also 0-for-3.
JOB BATTLES: Miller is 4-for-6 in three games after his two homers…Chris Taylor, the other shortstop candidate, had a single and a double in his two at-bats and is 5-for-11…Lefty reliever Lucas Luetge gave up a game-tying leadoff homer in the seventh to Brandon Moss in a left-on-left matchup…David Rollins, another lefty relief candidate, pitched a one-two-three fifth inning.
QUOTABLE: “I’ll take them in singles, pairs, whatever.” Miller said of his two homers. “It felt good, honestly, just to play and get in there and take some hacks.”
EXTRA INNINGS: Robinson Cano’s absence provided the opportunity for the two shortstop contestants, Miller and Taylor, to play at the same time. Taylor played second and started a slick second-short-first double play in the first inning…The Mariners had just six hits, but five were for extra bases: three homers, one triple and one double.
UP NEXT: Felix Hernandez makes his spring debut Tuesday when the Mariners swing around the top of the 101 to reach Salt River Fields for a 1:10 p.m. game against Colorado in Scottsdale.
Hernandez is scheduled for two innings. Lefty Roenis Elias is slotted to follow Hernandez in a piggyback start and work three innings.