PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- The San Diego Padres got their first homers
of the spring, by Xavier Nady and Jesse Garcia, and scored three
runs in the 10th inning for a 9-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners
The Padres sent the game into the 10th when Garcia homered with
one out off Jared Thomas in the ninth. In the 10th, Michael
Hernandez had an RBI double and Humberto Quintero tripled in two
runs off Chris Key.
Nady homered in the seventh off Rick Guttormson to cut San
Diego's deficit to 5-3.
"The kids are the guys who pulled it out today," San Diego
manager Bruce Bochy said. "Once we took our regulars out, we got
our offense going. I say that kiddingly because that's usually the
case this time of year."
The Mariners dropped to 0-3 this spring, but new manager Mike
Hargrove was happy with the way his offense clicked after scoring
only three runs in the team's first two games.
"We swung the bats better much today, which was good to see,"
Hargrove said. "We probably shouldn't have played the 10th
Ichiro Suzuki, who set a single-season major league record with
262 hits last season, broke a 2-2 tie with a triple in the fifth,
when the Mariners scored three runs.
Hargrove liked his first up-close look at Suzuki.
"He hit the ball exceptionally well in batting practice
today," he said. "A guy like Ichiro I don't worry about. He's
going to be ready when it's time to be ready."
Suzuki likes the new-look Mariners' offense, which has added
free agents Beltre and Richie Sexton at a cost of $114 million in
"Just seeing those guys in the lineup, you know that there's a
lot of potential right there," Suzuki said through a translator.
Beltre led the majors with 48 homers last season.
"We have a pretty good offensive team," he said. "I think we
have speed, we got power, we've got guys who can do both. I think
we have the complete package."
Shin-Soo Chou hit the Mariners' first homer of the spring off
ex-Seattle left-hander Randy Williams in the seventh.
Blaine Neal, the sixth of seven San Diego pitchers, got the win
with two shutout innings. Seattle also used seven pitchers, with
Key taking the loss.<
^Notes: Mariners LHP closer Eddie Guardado, who last pitched July
31, will make his spring debut Monday against the Padres in a "B"
game in Peoria. He is scheduled to pitch the seventh inning.
Guardado, 34, was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff in his
throwing shoulder last season and had surgery on his left knee Aug.
23. The Mariners are hoping for a full season from Guardado, a
two-time All-Star with Minnesota who had 18 saves in 25
opportunities in 41 games before his 2004 season ended.