MARINERS 5, ANGELS 3 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
The facts: Even the rain can’t douse the Mariners’ hot spring start. Not completely, anyway. They improved to 3-0 by building a five-run lead over the Angels before heavy rain ended the game in the seventh inning.
Play of the game: Justin Smoak ignited a two-run second inning against Angels starter C.J. Wilson by booming a double that hit midway up the batters’ eye beyond the center-field wall. Smoak also had a walk and a single in three plate appearances.
Plus: Right-hander Scott Baker began his bid for a job in the rotation by working two scoreless innings. He worked around a leadoff single in the first and a leadoff walk in the second.
Minus: Abraham Almonte went hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts as the leadoff hitter…Shortstop Brad Miller went hitless in three at-bats and is now zero-for-five. His competitor, Nick Franklin, went two for three with a homer in his only game…First baseman Ji-Man Choi ignited LA’s two-run sixth by committing a throwing error on a potential double-play grounder.
Quotable: “I think it’s huge. I haven’t been in this scenario for a number of years where I’ve had to come in and try to make the team.” — pitcher Scott Baker after his strong spring debut.
Extra innings: The Mariners have outscored opponents 24-5 in their three victories…Second baseman Robinson Cano turned in a sparkling defensive play by charging Andrew Romine’s short-hop grounder for the first out in the fourth inning. Cano also had two singles in three at-bats…DH Logan Morrison went two for three and now has four hits in five at-bats…Mariners pitchers have allowed three earned runs in 25 innings.
Up next: The Mariners leave Peoria for the first time this spring Sunday for a game against the Indians in Goodyear. Lefty Randy Wolf, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is slotted for a two-inning start for his first game action since Sept. 22, 2012. The Indians plan to start ex-Mariner Aaron Harang. You can hear it live on 710 AM.