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Mariners go back-to-back for an early lead

Seattle turned the first inning into a fireworks display, with back-to-back home runs by Wladimir Balentien and Ruseell Branyan pushed the Mariners to a 4-0 lead over Arizona.

Afrer Franklin Gutierrez singled, Ken Griffey Jr. worked a one-out walk and Balentien hit a long home run to left-center field - his second in as many days.

Russell followed with his first of the spring.