THE FACTS: OK, it was another sloppy finish Friday for the Mariners but, this time, they had a sufficient cushion in coasting past Milwaukee.
Chris Taylor had a triple and two singles in leading a 14-hit attack, including a sharp single back through the box after getting hit in the wrist on (what was ruled) a foul in the sixth inning.
The Mariners blew a two-run lead Thursday in the ninth to Oakland, and saw a 1-1 tie turn into a 4-1 loss Wednesday when Colorado scored three runs in the ninth.
This time, they build leads of 7-0 and 10-1 before the Brewers scored two runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth.
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Mariners starter J.A. Happ yielded just one hit, a disputed single, in three shutout innings after giving up two runs in two innings in his previous start against the Reds.
“I felt little better than last time, for sure,” Happ said. “I felt a little more sharp. Yeah, I was pleased with that.”
PLAY OF THE GAME: Jean Segura got greedy when his soft grounder to second turned into a single. (Taylor attempted a bare-handed grab and the ball tickled away.)
Segura tried for second as shortstop Brad Miller chased down the ball — and pitcher Carson Smith hustled from the mound to take the throw and apply the tag for an out.
A 6-1 out at second if you’re scoring.
“That’s a first,” Smith said. “I’ve never had one of those before.”
PLUS: Miller made a terrific play from deep in the hole in throwing out Luis Jimenez for the final out in the Milwaukee fifth…Dustin Ackley went 2-for-3 and is batting .462 (6-for-13)…Nelson Cruz knocked over Segura on a hard grounder that was scored an error in the third inning…Charlie Furbush and Smith each turned in a scoreless inning.
MINUS: First baseman Logan Morrison and Happ miscommunicated on a Matt Clark’s routine grounder to Taylor in the second inning. The result was (somehow) scored a single…Morrison batted twice with the bases loaded and no outs. He grounded into a double play and struck out — but he delivered an RBI single in his third at-bat.
JOB BATTLES: The Miller/Taylor competition is getting interesting. Taylor is batting .421 after going 3-for-3, while Miller dropped to .400 after going 0-for-3 but had that sparkling defensive play…Reliever Danny Farquhar is probably safe in the bullpen, but he has given up four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings after allowing a homer to Juan Centeno.
QUOTABLE: “It’s never fun,” Taylor said about getting hit in the right wrist. “The hands are always scary. But when I took that swing, that was reassuring.
“I took a practice swing and didn’t feel any sharp pain or anything. It’s just a dull bruise, I think.”
EXTRA INNINGS: All minor-league position players are scheduled to report Saturday and undergo physicals on Sunday. Full-squad workouts begin Monday…Ryan Braun was a late scratch by the Brewers…The crowd of 9,694 was the largest of the spring to see the Mariners…The victory boosted the Mariners to 5-6 and ended a three-game skid.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Taijuan Walker makes his third spring start when the Mariners return Saturday to Salt River Fields for a 1:10 p.m. game against an Arizona split squad.
The Diamondbacks plan to start right-hander Ruby De La Rosa.
The Mariners are also expected to use Dominic Leone, Tom Wilhelmsen, Fernando Rodney, Yoervis Medina and Lucas Luetge.