PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Barrett homered leading off the
ninth inning Tuesday in the Chicago Cubs' 4-3 win over the Seattle
Mariners on Tuesday.
Barrett, who had three hits, connected on a 3-2 pitch off
Stephen Kahn.Chicago's Angel Pagan hit a three-run homer in the eighth that
tied the game. His chances to make the team as an outfielder
improved Tuesday when Marquis Grissom retired.Before Pagan's home run, the Cubs managed only four singles
against five pitchers -- including regular reliever Rafael Soriano
and bullpen hopeful Jake Woods."Thought this was a very good day for us," Mariners Mike
Hargrove said. "Our pitchers threw well, we received some timely
hits and played well defensively."Chicago's Glendon Rusch, slated to start at Cincinnati on April
5, allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. Yuniesky
Betancourt hit a solo home run in the third inning off Rusch for a
2-0 lead.Joe Borchard, getting a Mariners' audition in center field with
starter Jeremy Reed out indefinitely, was 2-for-3.
Cubs closer Ryan Dempster, pitching for the second time
since March 14, completed a scoreless eighth inning and got the win
... After consecutive days off, Seattle All-Star Ichiro Suzuki went
1-for-5. Hargrove said Suzuki will play the rest of this final
week's exhibitions before Monday's season opener. Suzuki played in
all 162 games last season and 161 in 2004.