MARINERS 6, A’S (SS) 4 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
The facts: Stefen Romero’s three-run, walk-off homer capped a four-run ninth inning against A’s reliever Evan Scribner. The victory boosted the Mariners to 16-9-3 and clinched a winning spring record.
Play of the game: Kyle Seager was hitless in three at-bats before delivering an RBI double in the ninth that put the tying and winning runs in scoring position for Romero..
Plus: Dustin Ackley continued his hot spring with a two-run homer in the fifth on an 0-2 slider from Oakland starter Josh Lindblom…Logan Morrison had the Mariners’ first hit with a two-out double in the fifth, just before Ackley’s homer, and added a two-out single in the seventh…reliever Lucas Luetge worked a one-two-three ninth with two strikeouts..
Minus: Michael Saunders was picked off first by Lindblom after a one-out walk in the third. Lindblom made three attempts without throwing a pitch to the plate and nailed Saunders on the third one…Yoervis Medina had allowed one earned run in eight innings before yielding a one-out homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning…Abraham Almonte was hitless in four at-bats and is now nine for 61 (.148).
Quotable: “Obviously, I faced this guy in (Triple-A) Sacramento last year. I had a little bit of knowledge of what he was going to do.” — Romero on his game-winning homer against Scribner.
Extra innings: Veteran lefty Randy Wolf gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. The next move is up to the Mariners because Wolf has a late March opt-out clause in his contract…Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma takes the next step in his recovery from a strained tendon in his middle finger Monday when he throws a baseball for the first time since the Feb. 10 diagnosis.
Up next: The Mariners remain at Peoria Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. game Monday against the Chicago White Sox. Blake Beavan, in need of a bounce-back outing, will draw the start against Erik Johnson. Beavan allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings in his last start.