Brewers 14

(5-0, 3-0 away)

Mariners 8

(1-4, 0-2 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 7, 2005

    Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Arizona 

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    Milwaukee 14, Seattle 8

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers are off to a 5-0 start in spring training and the Seattle Mariners are winless in their first four games under new manager Mike Hargrove.

    Backed by home runs from Nelson Cruz, Enrique Cruz and Lyle Overbay, the Brewers beat the Mariners 14-8 on Monday as left-hander Doug Davis made his spring debut that was delayed by a series of back spasms.

    Milwaukee, which is off to a 5-0 spring start for the second year in a row, defeated the Mariners for the second time this spring. They also won 8-1 in Maryvale.

    Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer off starter Bobby Madritsch in the first inning and added a third RBI with a fielder's choice in the fifth. Enriguez Cruz had a grand slam off Matt Thornton in the seventh and Overbay homered to lead off the fifth off loser Jon Huber.

    The Brewers had 19 hits off five Seattle pitchers, with Overbay going 3-for-3 with his homer and a pair of singles.

    Davis, a 12-game winner as the Brewers' No. 2 starter behind Ben Sheets last season, gave up three runs on four hits in the first inning before retiring the Mariners in order in the second. He made 28 pitches.

    "My arm felt good," Davis said. "It was just a lack of location. I was wild within the strike zone and made some bad pitches, especially 0-2, 1-2."

    Davis, 29, has had to endure back spasms his whole pitching career. He said he was at fault this winter for not doing enough back exercises.

    "I'm just one of those guys who have to do a lot to keep my back healthy," he said. "I came here and spasmed out, but it's all better now. I'm ready to go."

    Despite going 18-12 in spring training last season, when they won 10 of their first 11 games, the Brewers were 67-94 and finished last in the NL Central. So they're not taking their fast start for granted.

    "It's not how you start, it's how you end," Davis said.

    Matt Wise, the second of six Milwaukee pitchers, got the win with two innings of one-run relief.

    Willie Bloomquist hit a two-run homer for Seattle in the ninth, while Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4.

    After the game, Hargrove held a brief meeting in his dugout. His team has been outscored 36-17 this spring.

    "One of the big things for me is a team that plays with mental toughness," Hargrove said when asked about the purpose of the meeting. "I think if you're mentally tough and exhibit that day in and day out, then you give yourself a chance to win. I felt like we did that today."

    Game notes

    Hargrove scratched Shin-Soo Choo and inserted Scott Spiezio in RF before the game started because Choo has a sore arm. Choo played in Seattle's "B" game against San Diego on Monday morning.

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