Cubs 4

(14-11, 9-5 away)

Mariners 3

(10-16, 6-8 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 28, 2006

    Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Arizona 

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    CHC 000000031 4 - -
    SEA 101000100 3 - -

    Chicago 4, Seattle 3

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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