Chatwood looks good early vs. Mariners

Chatwood looks good early vs. Mariners

Chatwood looks good early vs. Mariners
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit a two-run home run, his third of the spring, as Seattle outscored Colorado, 3-2, in a Cactus League game that was postponed by rain with no outs in the fifth inning at Peoria Stadium.

Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood threw three scoreless frames before giving up three runs in the fourth. Chatwood wound up going 3 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, three walks and recording three strikeouts on 61 pitches.

Mariners starter Hector Noesi gave up just two hits over the first four innings, but the Rockies made the most of them, scratching out a pair of runs. Noesi then gave up two singles leading off the fifth before the rain and hail began falling and the game was called.

The Rockies got to Noesi for a run in the first when Eric Young Jr. led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Tim Wheeler.

They added another in the fourth when catcher Jordan Pacheco walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, took third on a ground out and then scored on another wild pitch that got away from catcher John Jaso.

Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first for Seattle, his sixth hit in nine at-bats. But he was robbed by second baseman DJ LeMahieu in the third, when LeMahieu snared a hard line drive to his left that appeared headed into right field with runners on first and third and two outs.

Ichiro went 1-for-2 as the designated hitter and is now batting .417 this spring, with three more games before Seattle heads to Japan for a season-opening series with the A's.

Seager's two-run shot followed a single by Casper Wells. Carlos Peguero then walked, took third on a single by John Jaso and scored on Chone Figgins' base hit to left. Figgins went 2-for-3 and made a nice backhanded stop of a hard shot by Chris Nelson in the fourth inning while getting the start at shortstop.

Up next: Right-hander Juan Nicasio, firmly in the race for a rotation spot, will start on Monday at home against the Angels at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick at 2:10 p.m. MT. Also, manager Jim Tracy is considering using third baseman Casey Blake, who has missed the last seven days because of muscle soreness in his neck area. The Angels will start right-hander Ervin Santana.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.