PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Leonys Martin and Luis Sardinas homered in Seattle’s 6-run third inning against San Francisco starter Jeff Samardzija, and the Mariners rallied for a 9-6 win over the Giants on Wednesday.
Samardzija entered the bottom of the third with a 5-0 lead but saw 10 Mariners come up to bat against him. He gave up a spring-high seven runs and eight hits, including three home runs.
Samardzija struck out three and walked one in four innings. He gave up Shawn O’Malley’s solo shot to lead off the fourth.
“We’re all competitors out there and you want to do what you can, but again, spring training’s a learning process and you’re trying to improve on what you feel you need to improve on and get outs,” Samardzija said.
Martin, whom the Mariners got in a trade with Texas in the offseason, was 4 for 24 in spring training entering Wednesday’s game. He surpassed his spring RBI total with one swing, hitting a three-run shot.
“You know, I keep working every day to improve and try hard in every game,” Martin said in Spanish. “That’s the important thing. I was looking for a good pitch and hit it hard, that’s it. I made good contact.”
Robinson Cano tripled, doubled and scored and Chris Iannetta had two hits and two RBIs for Seattle. Angel Pagan tripled, doubled, scored and drove in three runs for the Giants. Hunter Pence, Brandon Crawford and Trevor Brown added two hits each, and Brown also had three RBIs.
Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma allowed five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.
“To be honest, I thought some of the pitches were in the zone and the umpire was a little tight today, but you know, that’s part of the game,” Iwakuma said through a translator. “We’ll see that during the season as well. I fell behind in a lot of the counts. That’s what kind of cost me.”
The Giants started a game with their projected starting outfield for the first time in spring training. Pagan was in left field, Denard Span was in center after seven games as the designated hitter and Pence was in right. “It’s important to get them used to each other,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
Sardinas is trying to win the Mariners’ utility infielder job out of camp, and while he was charged with a throwing error, he connected for a two-run shot and his spring training average is .433 (13 for 30). His 22 total bases and 10 RBIs lead the team.
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Seattle released reliever Justin De Fratus on Wednesday. De Fratus pitched six innings in four games and allowed three runs on six hits with three walks, four strikeouts, a wild pitch and a hit batter.
Giants: Span took a tumble trying to catch Cano’s triple in the third and had his right shoulder wrapped in ice in the team’s clubhouse. The injury forced Bochy to remove Span from the game. “Jammed it a little bit so we’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Span said. “Came down on it pretty good.” ... Reliever Sergio Romo retired the side in order with a strikeout in his first outing of the spring. He was brought along slowly to keep his throwing elbow from getting sore. ... Two days after being hit in the head with a line drive, P Johnny Cueto was taking part in drills. Bochy said that, for now, he sees no problem with Cueto making his next start. “With that said, we’re still going to keep an eye on him,” Bochy said.
Mariners: P Tony Zych (food poisoning) and C Steve Clevenger (flu-like symptoms) are back in camp. 1B Adam Lind and bench coach Tim Bogar were not with the team Wednesday because of flu-like symptoms. OF Seth Smith is day to day with a tight groin. RHP Evan Scribner is still dealing with a strained right lat.
Giants: Bochy said Samardzija got out of sync with his delivery after two strong innings. “He’s going to learn from that,” Bochy said. Samardzija had hoped to go five innings.
Mariners: Iwakuma said he felt fine except for the heat. “I think overall the ball came out of my hand pretty well,” he said. “I thought I was pretty strong with my fastball, I was able to locate for the most part.”
Giants: Jake Peavy brings a 10.38 ERA into his fourth spring training start Thursday against the San Diego Padres and Andrew Cashner. Peavy has allowed 19 hits in 8 2/3 innings.
Mariners: James Paxton is set for his fourth spring training start Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. He is facing Kendall Graveman.