THE FACTS: The Mariners suffered a second straight ninth-inning collapse Thursday when they blew a two-run lead and lost on Kent Matthes’ two-out, walk-off RBI single against minor-league lefty Paul Fry.
Most of the damage came against veteran Mark Lowe, who was charged with all three runs after giving up three doubles and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
The Mariners (4-6) gave up three runs in the ninth inning Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to Colorado.
PLAY OF THE GAME: First baseman Jesus Montero turned in a nimble, acrobatic move in grabbing an off-line throw from shortstop Ketel Marte and applying a tag on Josh Phegley for the final out in the second inning.
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PLUS: Austin Jackson ignited a two-run second inning with a line-drive triple to left. He also beat out an infield single in the fifth…Stefen Romero had two hits as the designated hitter.
MINUS: The Mariners failed to hit the ball to A’s shortstop Will Ferrell in the first inning. (Then again, the A’s failed to hit the ball to Mariners second baseman Will Ferrell in the second inning.)…Two Mariners were picked off first base: Willie Bloomquist in the fourth by Matt Buschmann, and Ian Miller in the fifth by Dan Otero.
JOB BATTLES: Three strong outings from lefty relief candidates. David Rollins has a one-two-three fourth inning with two strikeouts and a fly to center. That makes four scoreless one-inning appearances. Tyler Olson then set down six straight batters in the fifth and sixth with three strikeouts. Olson has retired all 15 batters faced this spring with eight strikeouts. Rafael Perez stranded inherited runners at second and third with two outs in the seventh inning.
QUOTABLE: Mariners starter Jordan Pries, who spent most of last year at Triple-A Tacoma, retired nine of 10 hitters after yielding a first-pitch triple in the first inning to Billy Burns.
“That’s something I take pride in, really,” Pries said. “When stuff starts to go wrong — unfortunately in this outing, it was the first pitch — just having poise and getting back on the mound and going after the next guy.”
EXTRA INNINGS: Second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to return Friday from the Dominican Republic and rejoin the lineup for Saturday’s game against Arizona at Salt River Fields. He left camp last Saturday following the death of his grandfather…The Mariners have lost four of their last five.
UP NEXT: The Mariners return Friday to Peoria Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. game against Milwaukee. Lefty J.A. Happ is scheduled to start against Brewers righty Mike Fiers.
Also slotted to pitch: Carson Smith, Justin Germano, Forrest Snow, Danny Farquhar and Mike Kickham.