Mariners 11

(12-13, 6-7 away)

Cubs 7

(12-16, 6-8 home)

    9:05 PM ET, March 28, 2005

    HoHoKam Park, Mesa, Arizona 

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    SEA 300040004 11 - -
    CHC 300121000 7 - -

    Seattle 11, Chicago 7

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Ailing Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Mark Prior worked four-plus innings in a simulated game Monday before the Cubs lost 11-7 to the Seattle Mariners.

    Prior threw 51 pitches against minor-league hitters. He hasn't pitched in a Cactus League game since March 10 because of inflammation and irritation in his right elbow and around the ulnar nerve.

    "I felt better today than I had all spring," Prior said.

    The Cubs will wait to see how Prior feels over the next two days before determining the next step in his rehab. If Prior feels good, he could pitch in a minor-league game Saturday or travel to Las Vegas and pitch in an exhibition game against the Mariners.

    In Monday's game, the Mariners scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a 7-all tie.

    Cubs reliever Chad Fox threw three wild pitches in the ninth inning, and two scored runs. Raul Ibanez also added a two-run double.

    The Cubs had 12 hits while the Mariners finished with 11. Chicago's spring record slipped to 12-15. Seattle improved to 11-13.

    Mariners starter Ryan Franklin worked 5 2-3 innings and gave up nine hits and seven runs. He walked three and struck out three.

    Cubs starter Glendon Rusch worked three innings and allowed four hits and three runs. He struck out five and didn't allow a walk.

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