THE FACTS: Tyler Marlette opened the 10th inning with a single Wednesday and scored the winning run from first when Pat Kivlehan lined a one-out single that got past from Padres right fielder Rymer Liriano.
Relievers Rafael Perez and Dominic Leone blew one-run leads in the eighth and ninth innings. Mark Lowe got the victory after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the San Diego 10th inning.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Mariners first baseman Ji-Man Choi suffered a broken right tibula on what should have been a routine play to end the game in the ninth inning.
Shortstop Tyler Smith threw high to first base after fielding Taylor Lindsey’s grounder. The throw forced Choi to jump for the ball as Rico Noel scored the tying run from third base.
Choi landed awkwardly and remained on the ground in obvious pain. He was helped to a cart and transported to the Mariners’ clubhouse.
PLUS: Taijuan Walker opened the game with two strong innings…D.J. Peterson opened the game as the designated hitter and started the scoring with a two-out homer in the first inning…Backup catcher Mike Dowd had two RBI singles…Third baseman Carlos Rivero made a charging, barehanded pickup on Wil Nieves’ slow chopper in the third and turned it into an easy out…Kivlehan had two hits in three at-bats after replacing Rivero in the fifth…First baseman Jesus Montero had singles in his two at-bats.
MINUS: Walker allowed Cameron Maybin to steal second without a throw in the first inning…Montero and catcher John Hicks miscommunicated on Jedd Gyorko’s foul pop in the fifth inning. The ball feel untouched for a foul…Left fielder Jordy Lara and Peterson, who had entered the game at third after Choi’s injury, committed errors on dropped pops that helped the Padres load the bases in the 10th inning…The Padres stole four bases against Dowd in the final three innings.
QUOTABLE: “We’ll pace them,” manager Lloyd McClendon on the decision not to play many of the Mariners’ projected regulars in the spring opener. “They’ll play (Thursday). Then they’ll probably have a day off (Friday), and we’ll just continue to build.”
EXTRA INNINGS: Texas asked Major League Baseball to rescind its Feb. 24 waiver claim of lefty reliever Edgar Olmos from the Mariners after an examination revealed a sore shoulder….Online gaming site Bovada.lv lists Mariners as 8/5 co-favorite with Angels to win American League West. Also has M’s at 7/1 to win pennant and 16/1 to win World Series.
UP NEXT: The Mariners and Padres play again at 12:05 p.m. Pacific time Thursday at Peoria Stadium. Again, the Mariners will be the home club, and the game will be televised by Root Sports. Lefty Roenis Elias begins his bid for a spot in the Mariners’ rotation, while San Diego plans to start right-hander Andrew Cashner.