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Seattle Mariners close out spring training with record 22nd win

Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak each hit a home run as the Mariners won in Salt Lake City.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Spring training has offered a perfect template for what the Seattle Mariners are confident they can do in the regular season. The Mariners are hitting well. They are pitching well. Most important, they are winning games.

With Saturday's 4-3 win over Colorado, the Mariners set a franchise spring-training record with their 22nd victory.

"We've got some good young hitters that are getting better," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "We've got some veterans that are proven. You put the two together and it's a nice fit for us."

With a successful spring training behind them, Seattle is expected to finalize the opening-day roster Sunday. Wedge made no indication if the Mariners would keep Jason Bay or Casper Wells for the team's final outfield slot. Bay is hopeful he did enough this spring to get a shot in the regular season.

He feels like spring training played out the best possible way for him.

"I talked to Wedge about it and he just said, 'You got to play your game.' And that was the biggest thing," Bay said. "I haven't been on the field a lot over the last couple of years. You kind of forget what your game is. So you go out there and you steal some bases, play some (defense) and hit."

Bay feels healthy and feels like he has been given a fresh slate with Seattle. He loves the city and wants to continue his career in the Northwest. And Bay feels like he has made a strong case for doing that through a strong spring training.

"It helps you sleep at night and you move forward," Bay said. "So, yeah, definitely it went the way I wanted."

As for Saturday's game, Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak each homered to give the Mariners an early lead and Raul Ibanez drove in a go-ahead run late to close out the victory over the Rockies.

The Mariners broke open a 2-2 game in the eighth inning. Ibanez capped things off when he drove in Bay off a sacrifice fly to produce the go-ahead run. Brad Miller, who followed Ibanez at the plate, then doubled to left field and brought Mike Zunino home to make it 4-2 for Seattle.

David Kandilas scored n the bottom of the inning for Colorado. Brian Sweeney got the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Stephen Pryor earned the win with one scoreless inning of relief.

The Mariners are expecting plenty of more strong all-around performances in the weeks ahead.

"We've got a great team," said Seattle starter Brandon Maurer, who allowed two runs and four hits in four innings. "You saw how we can hit the ball today. Our fielding is amazing. We've got great pitchers. I think we will have a good season."

Morales opened the scoring for the Mariners with a home run in the fourth inning, his seventh homer of the spring.

The Rockies seized the lead in the bottom of inning. Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton each took a turn smacking a home run over the left-field wall and boosted Colorado to a 2-1 advantage.

Smoak evened things up when he belted a home run to lead off the fifth inning.

The pair of home runs brought Seattle's spring-training tally to 58, the best in the majors. It also marks the most home runs any team has managed in spring training since the Chicago Cubs recorded 62 in 1999.

"We're all excited to get the season started," Smoak said. "It's a great group of guys in our clubhouse, and we're just ready to get going."

Note

• Saturday's game marked the first time two MLB teams played each other in Salt Lake City in 43 years. Utah last hosted a spring-training game on April 4, 1970, when the Oakland Athletics — led by Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson — faced the San Diego Padres.

Seattle Colorado
AB R H BI AB R H BI
F.Gutierrez cf 2 0 0 0 E.Young dh 2 0 1 0
En.Chavez cf 2 0 0 0 Iribrrn ph-dh 2 0 0 0
M.Saundrs rf 2 0 0 0 Fowler cf 2 0 0 0
Bay rf 1 1 0 0 D.Kandilas cf 1 1 0 0
K.Morales dh 2 1 1 1 C.Gonzalez lf 2 0 0 0
Zunino pr-dh 1 1 1 0 F.Sosa lf-rf-lf 2 0 1 0
Morse lf 2 0 0 0 Tulowitzki ss 2 1 1 1
Ibanez lf 1 0 0 1 Pacheco lf-c 2 0 0 0
Seager 3b 2 0 0 0 Cuddyer rf 2 0 0 0
B.Miller 3b 2 0 2 1 J.Ribera 1b 2 0 1 1
Smoak 1b 4 1 1 1 Helton 1b 2 1 2 1
J.Montero c 2 0 1 0 J.Herrera ss 2 0 0 0
Shoppach c 2 0 0 0 Rosario c 1 0 0 0
Ackley 2b 4 0 0 0 Torrealba c 1 0 0 0
Ryan ss 2 0 1 0 McBride rf 2 0 0 0
Andino ss 2 0 0 0 Rutledge 2b 1 0 0 0
Culberson 2b 2 0 0 0
Brignac 3b 1 0 1 0
T.Smallng 3b 2 0 0 0
Totals 33 4 7 4 Totals 33 3 7 3
Seattle 000 110 020 4
Colorado 000 200 010 3
E — Ackley 2 (4), F.Sosa (1). LOB — Seattle 5, Colorado 7. 2B — B.Miller (4), Ryan (2), Helton (4). 3B — J.Montero (1). HR — K.Morales (7), Smoak (5), Tulowitzki (3), Helton (3). CS — E.Young (2). S — E.Young. SF — Ibanez.
Mariners IP H R ER BB SO
Maurer 4 4 2 2 1 3
Wilhelmsen 1 1 0 0 0 0
O.Perez 1 0 0 0 0 1
Pryor W, 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Farquhar 1 2 1 1 1 2
Sweeney S,1-1 1 0 0 0 1 1
Rockies IP H R ER BB SO
Francis 6 5 2 2 1 2
J.Sullivan 1 0 0 0 0 2
Brothers L, 0-1 1/3 0 1 1 1 1
Belisle 2/3 2 1 1 0 0
R.Betancourt 1/3 0 0 0 0 1
W.Lopez 2/3 0 0 0 0 0
T — 2:43. A — 15,411.

Spring-training statistics

Hitting G AB R H HR RBI SB Avg
Guarnaccia 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
Hicks 9 10 3 6 0 4 0 .600
Romero 7 14 4 7 2 8 0 .500
Saunders 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 .500
Taylor 6 7 0 3 0 2 0 .429
Smoak 19 59 12 24 5 15 0 .407
Montero 16 45 8 18 2 11 0 .400
Tenbrink 4 5 2 2 0 4 0 .400
Ackley 15 52 5 19 0 4 0 .365
Morse 20 56 14 20 9 15 0 .357
Peguero 16 41 9 14 3 5 0 .341
Andino 18 55 14 18 1 3 0 .327
Bay 18 53 12 17 2 6 2 .321
Ibanez 18 53 12 17 4 14 0 .321
Morales 19 61 15 19 7 14 0 .311
Morban 13 30 9 9 2 6 0 .300
Jacobs 17 28 4 8 2 6 0 .286
Martinez 15 26 4 7 0 0 0 .269
Thames 16 30 5 8 0 5 1 .267
Gutierrez 14 42 9 11 5 14 0 .262
Ryan 16 46 6 12 1 3 1 .261
Shoppach 16 46 3 12 1 6 0 .261
Zunino 15 23 7 6 2 3 0 .261
Miller 21 47 6 12 1 6 1 .255
Chavez 5 8 2 2 0 1 0 .250
Seager 19 61 11 15 1 8 1 .246
Triunfel 11 33 5 8 1 1 0 .242
Franklin 14 30 6 7 1 6 2 .233
Catricala 11 26 4 6 0 4 1 .231
Saunders 17 64 9 13 3 9 0 .203
Dowd 2 5 0 1 0 1 0 .200
Wells 16 53 8 10 2 14 0 .189
Sucre 16 23 2 4 0 0 0 .174
Liddi 7 20 1 2 1 3 0 .100
Paulino 6 14 1 1 0 1 0 .071
Almonte, A 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Almonte, D 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 1172 214 340 58 202 9 .290
Pitching W L Sv IP H ER BB SO ERA
Arias 0 0 0 4.0 3 0 1 2 0.00
Bawcom 0 0 1 4.0 6 0 0 5 0.00
Burgoon 0 0 1 1.2 1 0 0 1 0.00
Hultzen 1 0 0 4.0 2 0 2 6 0.00
Kohlscheen 0 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 1 0.00
Moran 1 0 0 4.0 3 0 1 6 0.00
Sweeney 0 0 1 1.0 0 0 1 1 0.00
Capps 0 0 1 9.0 6 1 2 13 1.00
Smith 1 0 1 7.0 3 1 1 8 1.29
Loe 1 0 1 12.0 12 2 3 16 1.50
Maurer 3 1 0 24.0 23 4 2 7 1.50
Pryor 0 0 1 11.0 6 2 3 11 1.64
Garland 1 0 0 12.0 10 3 5 4 2.25
Hernandez 1 1 0 17.0 14 5 2 17 2.65
Furbush 0 1 0 11.1 12 4 4 9 3.18
Luetge 1 0 0 10.0 12 4 3 14 3.60
Perez 0 0 2 9.1 6 4 3 7 3.86
Ramirez 2 1 0 14.0 18 6 2 10 3.86
Mitchell 0 0 0 4.1 1 2 3 2 4.15
Iwakuma 2 0 0 19.0 18 9 2 8 4.26
LaFrombse 0 0 1 6.0 7 3 4 9 4.50
Wilhelmsn 1 1 0 11.0 14 6 4 13 4.91
Walker 1 0 0 7.0 7 4 5 4 5.14
Beaven 1 1 0 19.1 29 14 0 12 6.52
Kinney 0 0 0 3.2 5 3 3 2 7.36
Carraway 0 1 0 8.0 13 7 1 3 7.88
Bondermn 2 1 0 15.1 24 15 3 7 8.80
Fernandez 0 0 0 4.0 4 4 2 5 9.00
Medina 0 1 1 6.0 11 6 2 6 9.00
Ruffin 0 0 0 3.0 6 3 2 3 9.00
Farquhar 1 0 2 8.1 9 9 3 10 9.72
Saunders 1 1 0 11.2 20 15 6 4 11.57
Paxton 0 0 0 3.2 6 6 4 1 14.73
Noesi 0 1 0 4.2 12 9 8 5 17.36
Nunez 0 0 0 2.0 5 4 2 2 18.00
Totals 22 11 13 293.0 328 155 94 252 4.76
Most wins
The Mariners set a franchise record with their 22nd spring-training win Saturday. A look at the team's top five springs in terms of victories (the previous four were all followed by losing seasons):
Year Spring Reg. season
2012 22-11 ?
1994 20-9 49-63
1999 20-12 79-83
2004 18-10 63-99
1998 18-14 76-85

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