Left fielder Milton Bradley went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers Tuesday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.
First baseman Adam Kennedy and catcher Steven Baron also hit solo home runs to keep the Mariners undefeated (2-0-1) through three spring training games.
Starting pitcher Nate Robertson threw 2.0 shutout innings and was backed by a solid bullpen effort. RHP Josh Lueke (1-0), LHP Royce Ring, RHP Dan Cortes and LHP Fabio Castro each contributed a scoreless inning to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard from the 5th through 8th innings. RHP Denny Bautista allowed a pair of runs in the 9th, but stranded the potential tying run in scoring position to earn the save.
The Mariners (2-0-1) continue Cactus League play tomorrow (Wednesday, March 2) at 12:05 PT/1:05 MT against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. Right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda is scheduled to make his spring debut for the Mariners against Diamondbacks right-hander Aaron Heilman.
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