TEMPE, Ariz. – Behind the strong starting pitching of Roenis Elias and timely offense, the Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,628 at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Roenis Elias (3-0) made his first start of the spring, and tossed 5.0 strong innings to pick up the win. The left-hander allowed just one run on two hits while striking out a pair of Angels. He used just 62 pitches to navigate the Angels offense.
The Mariners jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, stringing together four hits, including RBI singles by Michael Saunders (scoring Kyle Seager) and Dustin Ackley (scoring Justin Smoak).
Seattle added another pair of runs in the sixth inning as Ackley reached on an error, and Mike Zunino walked. Ackley scored on a sacrifice fly by Willie Bloomquist and Zunino came around to score on a two-out double by Endy Chavez.
The first four Seattle runs (two earned) came off Angels starter C.J. Wilson (0-2), who was tagged with the loss.
Seattle’s final run came on a solo home run by minor league call-up Tyler Smith in the eighth inning.
Relievers Zach Miner (2.0 IP, 1 ER), Lucas Luetge (1.0 IP, 0 ER) and Yoervis Medina (1.0 IP, 1 R, 0 ER) closed out the game for Seattle, with Medina recording his first save of the spring.
The Mariners (14-5-2) are off tomorrow but return to Cactus League action Tuesday night hosting the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium (7:05 pm). Left-hander Randy Wolf will start for Seattle against Padres right-hander Josh Johnson. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 710 Seattle and selected stations on the Mariners radio network, and televised by ROOT SPORTS NW.
LINESCORE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
MARINERS 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 - 5 8 1
ANGELS 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 - 3 6 1
WP: Elias (3-0) LP: Wilson (0-2) SV: Medina (1)
SEA – Elias, Miner (6), Luetge (8), Medina (9), and Zunino, Quintero (6).
LAA – Wilson, Rasmus (6), Salas (8), Kohn (9), and Conger, Torrealba (7).
Home Runs – SEA: Smith (1); LAA: None.
Attendance – 9.628 Time – 2:50
March 17, 2014/Mariners Sports