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Chicago at Seattle

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Seattle (17-8)0120010004112

Cubs 7, Mariners 4


PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Samardzija made a few mistakes with his pitches Thursday night against Seattle. He also made Mariners pitchers pay for a couple of their misguided offerings.

The Cubs' starter was allowed to bat in an American League park when Chicago chose not to employ a designated hitter, and he delivered a solo home run and RBI single in a 7-4 win.

Set to start on opening day, Samardzija gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings. He struck out seven.

"I threw a couple of pitches up in the zone that they took advantage of," Samardzija said. "Overall, we're right there, so it's good."

Samardzija has hit two homers this spring.

"If you can save yourself a loss or tie the ballgame up, that's huge. That speaks volumes down the road," he said. "And at the end of the year, you look back on it, it might save you a couple of games here and there."

Alfonso Soriano and Brad Nelson also homered for the split-squad Cubs and David DeJesus had two hits and drove in a run. Nelson's two-run shot in the eighth off Erasmo Ramirez gave the Cubs the lead for good.

Cubs closer Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless eighth inning, followed by a scoreless yet somewhat shaky ninth from reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

The Mariners might have seen what they wanted from starting pitcher Jon Garland and outfielder Jason Bay, two players competing for major league roster spots.

Garland allowed two runs and five hits in six innings and should hear from the coaching staff by Friday whether he has earned a spot in the starting rotation.

Garland's case might also have been aided by the performance of Ramirez, a starter candidate who was tagged for four runs on six hits in two innings.

"It's really nothing that we haven't seen. It's a veteran guy that works to keep the ball down, uses all of his pitches," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

Garland has fared well in spring training except for his outing against the Netherlands in an exhibition game last week.

Ramirez had also pitched well until Thursday.

"He did a good job of getting ahead, but he didn't finish hitters off," Wedge said. "That's just something that he has to do a better job with."

Bay, a former three-time All-Star who signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in the offseason, had three hits and drove in a run. He will play center field again Friday, Wedge said.

Bay is competing with Casper Wells for presumably the final outfield roster spot, and raised his spring training batting average to .371.

Justin Smoak hit a solo homer and a sacrifice fly for Seattle. He is batting .386 in spring training with four home runs and 10 RBIs.

NOTES: Opening day starter Felix Hernandez is scheduled to pitch Friday night for the Mariners against San Diego. Blake Beavan, trying to win a spot in the starting rotation, is scheduled for Saturday against Cleveland with Hisashi Iwakuma, who has a rotation spot locked up, throwing in a minor league game that day. ... Three Mariners relievers who are likely to be on the major league roster in April - Oliver Perez, Lucas Luetge and Carter Capps - pitched in a minor league game. Luetge and Capps threw scoreless innings and Perez allowed a run on a hit in 2 2-3 innings and struck out six. ... RHP Carlos Villanueva is the scheduled starter for the Cubs on Friday against Milwaukee, with RHP Edwin Jackson scheduled for Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels. ... The Mariners optioned OF Carlos Peguero to Triple-A Tacoma and reassigned RHP Carson Smith and INF Nick Franklin to the minor league camp.

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Players of the Game

B. Nelson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

J. Samardzija
IP 6.0
H 9
ER 3
BB 0
K 7

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Chicago Cubs
David DeJesus, CF3020001 .361
    Darnell McDonald, CF1111100 .216
Luis Valbuena, 3B4000022 .256
Nate Schierholtz, RF5000004 .318
Alfonso Soriano, LF3111002 .270
    Ty Wright, LF2011002 .833
Dioner Navarro, C4010010 .294
Javier Baez, SS4110012 .298
Brad Nelson, 1B4222000 .279
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B3110110 .258
   a- Rubi Silva, PH1000000 .000
a-grounded out for Russell in the 8th
2B - David DeJesus (5, Garland), Alberto Gonzalez (3, Ramirez)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (4, Garland), Brad Nelson (3, Ramirez), Jeff Samardzija (2, Garland)
SH - Luis Valbuena (1), Jeff Samardzija (1)
RBI - Darnell McDonald (7), Alfonso Soriano (8), Ty Wright (2), Brad Nelson 2 (7), Jeff Samardzija 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Ty Wright (2)
CS - David DeJesus (1, 2nd base by Garland/Montero), Ty Wright (1, 2nd base by Smith/Sucre)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Baez-Gonzalez-Nelson
PB - Dioner Navarro (2)
E - Alberto Gonzalez (2, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Jeff Samardzija 6943071 3.92
James Russell (W,1-0) 1000010 2.45
Carlos Marmol (H,6) 1000100 2.08
Kyuji Fujikawa (S,1) 1200010 2.57
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 6-3, James Russell 1-1, Carlos Marmol 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 25, James Russell 3, Carlos Marmol 4, Kyuji Fujikawa 5
Seattle Mariners
Michael Saunders, RF5100042 .178
Robert Andino, 3B3120110 .250
Raul Ibanez, DH4011012 .324
    Abraham Almonte, PR-DH0000000 .000
Justin Smoak, 1B3112011 .386
Jesus Montero, C3110011 .364
    Jesus Sucre, C1000001 .158
Jason Bay, CF4031000 .371
Casper Wells, LF4010011 .205
Dustin Ackley, 2B4020001 .344
Brendan Ryan, SS4000005 .321
2B - Robert Andino (2, Samardzija), Jesus Montero (6, Samardzija)
HR - Justin Smoak (4, Samardzija)
SF - Justin Smoak (1)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (10), Justin Smoak 2 (10), Jason Bay (5)
PK - Robert Andino (1, Samardzija)
Team LOB - 6
E - Dustin Ackley (1, Misplayed grounder), Brendan Ryan (2, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Jon Garland 6522132 2.25
Erasmo Ramirez (BS,1; L,2-1) 2644011 3.86
Carson Smith 1111110 1.29
WP - Carson Smith (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 9-6, Erasmo Ramirez 5-0, Carson Smith 1-0
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 24, Erasmo Ramirez 12, Carson Smith 4
Game Information
Attendance - 8672
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Stuart Scheurwater, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - A.J. Johnson