PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners bullpen teamed for 12 strikeouts and only one walk in five scoreless innings of work, and Mike Zunino hit his first home run of the spring, but Seattle fell short to the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Tuesday night at Peoria Stadium.
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Dee Gordon led off the frame with a single and promptly stole second base. After advancing to third on a groundout, Gordon scored on Robinson Cano’s line-drive single to left field.
Colorado plated two runs in the top of the third and never again trailed. The Rockies added one run on a solo home run in the top of the fourth and held onto the lead over the final six innings.
Zunino belted a no-doubt home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth as the Mariners (5-6-1) cut Colorado’s lead to 3-2.
Mike Leake allowed three runs on five hits while striking out two in four innings of work. James Pazos , Dan Altavilla, Art Warren, Chasen Bradford and Casey Lawrence each worked a scoreless inning of relief. Mariners pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts and only one walk. Altavilla has now retired 12 of 13 batters faced this spring, including eight via strikeout.