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Seattle (16-7) «000032010691
Oakland (9-11)000211010591

Mariners 6, Athletics 5


PHOENIX (AP) - Michael Morse is back for a second tour of duty with the Seattle Mariners, and they like what they see.

Morse broke a sixth-inning tie with his sixth home run of spring training, and the Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Monday.

Morse homered off starter A.J. Griffin for a 4-3 lead. Morse was reacquired from Washington as part of a three-way deal with Oakland during the offseason.

"Morse has had a good spring for us. He knows what he wants to do. He's smart and strong. That is why he is in the middle of our lineup," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said.

Dustin Ackley had an RBI single later in the inning against Ryan Cook. Ackley, hitting .321, added another run-scoring single in the eighth off Pat Neshek.

"The ball is really coming off his bat. He is spraying the ball around," Wedge said.

Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, one of the candidates to become the Mariners' No. 2 spot behind Felix Hernandez, gave up three runs and six hits in five innings, including Derek Norris' two-run homer.

"I thought he threw the ball well," Wedge said. "He was putting the ball on the ground and he used all of his pitches."

Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp leaped and reached over the center-field fence to rob Jesus Montero of what appeared would be a two-run homer in the second.

Griffin gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

"It went all right. I don't want to make excuses," Griffin said. "The ball really flies here. and we are going to go places where the ball really flies (during the regular season), so I'm going to focus on keeping the ball down and executing my pitches."

NOTES A's closer Grant Balfour, who had right knee surgery on Feb. 14, started a minor league game and threw 17 pitches, giving up two runs and a pair of hits with one strikeout. Melvin said he wants to have Balfour pitch in about five big league games before opening day ... Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes and INF Hiro Nakajima also were in minor league camp to get extra at-bats. ... INF Eric Sogard had another hit to raise his average to .516 (16 for 31). ... RHP Carson Smith continues to look like a future Seattle closer. He earned the save against Oakland with a strikeout in a hitless ninth and has allowed only two hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings.

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D. Norris
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

M. Morse
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Seattle Mariners
Michael Saunders, RF4011103 .171
Casper Wells, CF5000032 .200
Raul Ibanez, DH4000012 .333
   a- Michael Dowd, PH-DH1000000 .000
Michael Morse, LF3111101 .371
    Eric Thames, PR-LF1110000 .267
Justin Smoak, 1B3120010 .390
    Mike Jacobs, 1B1000011 .286
Jesus Montero, C3110002 .367
    Mike Zunino, C1000001 .227
Dustin Ackley, 2B4022002 .321
Robert Andino, SS2100202 .207
Brad Miller, 3B3112003 .265
a-grounded out for Ibanez in the 9th
2B - Eric Thames (3, Hernandez), Justin Smoak (5, Griffin), Jesus Montero (5, Griffin), Brad Miller (3, Griffin)
HR - Michael Morse (6, Griffin)
RBI - Michael Saunders (6), Michael Morse (11), Dustin Ackley 2 (3), Brad Miller 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Ackley (1)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Iwakuma-Ackley-Andino-Smoak, Andino-Ackley-Jacobs
E - Oliver Perez (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma (W,2-0) 5633201 3.60
Oliver Perez (H,2) 1211000 2.84
Stephen Pryor (H,4) 1000010 2.57
Lucas Luetge (H,5) 1111010 5.14
Carson Smith (S,1) 1000010 0.00
HBP - Rosales (by Hisashi Iwakuma), Barton (by Oliver Perez)
Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 31-20, Oliver Perez 5-4, Stephen Pryor 5-5, Lucas Luetge 6-6, Carson Smith 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 4-10, Oliver Perez 1-1, Stephen Pryor 1-1, Lucas Luetge 1-1, Carson Smith 2-0
Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 23, Oliver Perez 5, Stephen Pryor 3, Lucas Luetge 4, Carson Smith 3
Oakland Athletics
Coco Crisp, CF4020001 .310
    Dusty Coleman, SS1000000 .000
Scott Sizemore, 2B4011010 .182
Josh Reddick, RF3010002 .323
    Andy Parrino, LF1000000 .387
Seth Smith, LF2000101 .345
    Shane Peterson, CF1000010 .429
Jed Lowrie, 3B2100103 .313
    Eric Sogard, 3B1110000 .516
Derek Norris, C3122000 .346
    Luke Montz, C1000001 .059
Jemile Weeks, DH3111001 .409
Daric Barton, 1B2000001 .217
    Anthony Aliotti, 1B1000010 .000
Adam Rosales, SS2111000 .375
    Jeremy Barfield, RF1000000 .000
2B - Josh Reddick (2, Iwakuma), Eric Sogard (7, Luetge), Derek Norris (2, Iwakuma)
HR - Derek Norris (3, Iwakuma)
SF - Scott Sizemore (2), Jemile Weeks (2)
RBI - Scott Sizemore (4), Derek Norris 2 (5), Jemile Weeks (6), Adam Rosales (7)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Norris 2 (3)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Josh Reddick 1
E - Derek Norris (3, Interference)
Oakland Athletics
A.J. Griffin (L,1-1) 5.1655231 5.23
Ryan Cook 0.2100000 8.44
Pedro Figueroa 1011110 2.08
Pat Neshek 1100100 0.00
Carlos Hernandez 1100020 0.00
HBP - Jacobs (by Pedro Figueroa)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Griffin 36-28, Ryan Cook 3-3, Pedro Figueroa 10-5, Pat Neshek 8-4, Carlos Hernandez 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Griffin 5-7, Ryan Cook 2-0, Pedro Figueroa 1-1, Carlos Hernandez 1-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Griffin 23, Ryan Cook 3, Pedro Figueroa 6, Pat Neshek 5, Carlos Hernandez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 6305
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Hal Gibson