Mariners Game Recap: Cano, Walker Lead M’s Past Halos

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Mar 30, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) slaps hands with first baseman Logan Morrison (20) after scoring a run against the Los Angeles Angels at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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The Seattle Mariners took it to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday afternoon in Peoria. Taijuan Walker (3-0, 0.36 ERA) was superb once again, and notched his third victory of the spring. Nick Tropeano (0-1, 4.41 EAR) was saddled with the loss for the Halos. Dominic Leone recorded his second save of the spring after thwarting the Angels comeback in the 9th.

Matt Joyce got the Angels on the scoreboard first today in the top of the 2nd inning. Joyce launched a solo home run that hit high off the batters eye in center field. Joyce’s dinger was his second of the spring, and gave the Halos a 1-0 lead.

The Mariners took the lead in the bottom of the 4th. Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Kyle Seager plated Cano by singling on a ground ball to center field. Seager’s single tied the game, but the M’s were not finished there. Following a Logan Morrison strikeout, Mike Zunino hit a double to left field to score Cruz and Seager. Seattle took a 3-1 lead into the 5th inning.

The Mariners added to their lead in the bottom of the 7th inning. Mike Zunino led off the frame with a bang, as he crushed the first pitch of the inning over the fence in left field. The homer was Zunino’s seventh of the spring, and gave the M’s a 4-1 lead after 7.

Robinson Cano joined the party in the bottom of the 8th inning on Monday. Robby crushed a sinker that did not sink to deep right-center field for his first home run of the spring. The long ball was of the solo variety, and gave Seattle a 5-1 lead heading to the 9th inning.

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The Angels made it interesting in the top of the 9th inning. The Mariners called on veteran southpaw Charlie Furbush to shut the door in the final frame, but he was not up to the challenge today. Speedy outfielder Daniel Robertson hit a line drive to left field, and advanced to second base following a throwing error by Justin Ruggiano. Third base prospect Kaleb Cowart tripled home Robertson on a fly ball to center field. D’Arby Myers plated Cowart on a single to right field. Myers’s single chased Furbush from the game, and he was replaced Dom Leone, who proved more effective.

Thankfully, that was all the Halos could muster on Monday, and the M’s held on for a 5-3 win. Today’s win put a halt to the Mariners’ 5-game losing streak.

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