MARINERS 4, INDIANS 3 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
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 combined for the walk-off victory on Monday.
Taijuan Walker opened the day dialing up a second consecutive dominant start 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.”
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 base 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. ... Catcher Mike Zunino also homered 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 81/3 scoreless innings last spring, another 81/3 scoreless innings in September after arriving from Tacoma and two scoreless innings earlier this spring. ... Justin Ruggiano, Kyle Seager, Logan Morrison and Dustin Ackley went 0 for 3 at the plate.
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 the game-tying homer in the seventh to leadoff hitter 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 play Colorado at the Salt River Fields, 1:10 p.m., in Scottsdale.
Hernandez is scheduled for two innings with lefty Roenis Elias slotted to follow in a piggyback start for three innings.