The Seattle Mariners won their ninth straight Spring Training game on Sunday (March 3). The game got pretty close in the later innings, but the Mariners held on for a 7-6 win over the Texas Rangers. Kendrys Morales and Jesus Montero hit their first home runs of the spring and the offense put up double-digit hits (10) yet again.
The offense is clearly firing on all cylinders for the Mariners this spring, as Montero has now posted four extra base hits, Jason Bay is now hitting .500, and Dustin Ackley raised his batting average to .400 with another hit against the Rangers. The young hitters are showing development, the new acquisitions are filling in very nicely, and the pitchers slated to make the staff are also doing well.
Joe Saunders got his first start with the Mariners on Sunday, pitching two shutout innings while picking up the win. Hector Noesi, one of the pitchers trying to make the staff this spring, struggled again, allowing seven baserunners in just two innings of work. He had his work cut out for him coming into Spring Training 2013, but it looks like Noesi is running out of time to prove he should make the Opening Day roster.
Moving to 9-1 with this win, the Mariners are tied for the most wins in Major League Baseball this spring. That could give fans a lot to be excited about if this preseason success can translate to something in the regular season.
The next game for the Seattle Mariners comes on Monday (March 4) when they play host to the Colorado Rockies in Peoria.
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