Moyer suffers first spring loss to former team

Moyer suffers first spring loss to former team

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Felix Hernandez pitched four shutout innings Monday against the Rockies and second baseman Munenori Kawasaki and shortstop Brendan Ryan each had three hits as the Mariners took a 7-2 victory in their final Cactus League game at Peoria Sports Complex this spring.

Former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer suffered his first Cactus League loss for the Rockies, giving up nine hits and four runs -- though just one was earned -- in five innings of work in his final tune-up before opening regular season play in Colorado's second game at Houston on Saturday.

Moyer threw 109 pitches with one walk, five strikeouts and two hit batters, twice plunking Mariners designated hitter Carlos Peguero.

Edgmer Escalona replaced Moyer and hit Seattle catcher Jesus Montero in the helmet with a bases-loaded pitch in the sixth, with an angry Montero being escorted off the field by manager Eric Wedge and trainer Rick Griffin as Escalona stood staring at him from the front of the mound.

The Rockies had just gone through an incident a day earlier after which Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Troy Tulowitzki.

Seattle has already opened its season with a pair of games in Tokyo against the A's, with Hernandez throwing eight innings of one-run ball in his team's Opening Day win. He'll pitch again Saturday against the A's in Oakland, but Eric Wedge let him go four innings and 58 pitches Monday to stay sharp.

Looking to stay sharp between regular-season starts in the Mariners' unusual spring, Hernandez gave up just two hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

"That was weird," Hernandez said of the Cactus League game after he'd already started his season. "I was just trying to get my work in, throw strikes and work in all my pitches. Just take it like any other game."

Hernandez allowed just two hits in four innings -- a double by Wilin Rosario and a bunt single by Dexter Fowler -- before being replaced by Hisashi Iwakuma.

Moyer finished his spring 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA as he earned a rotation spot as a non-roster invitee at age 49.

"It's unbelievable he's still pitching," said Hernandez, 25, who was born the same year Moyer made his Major League debut with the Cubs in 1986. "He's a smart guy and he knows what he's doing out there."

Moyer gave up three runs in the fourth, but all were unearned after a leadoff error on shortstop Jonathan Herrera. Following a pair of strikeouts, Moyer gave up four straight singles to Alex Liddi, Kawasaki, Chone Figgins and Ryan.

Moyer finally got out of that frame when left fielder Carlos Gonzalez gunned Figgins down going to third on Ryan's RBI hit, which gave Seattle a 4-0 lead. He said he wasn't worried about the high pitch total in his final spring outing.

"It's all good," Moyer said. "You've got to face it during the season. I don't shy away from it. It would be nice to have a couple 1-2-3 innings. I almost had one in the fifth."

The Rockies finally got on the board with an RBI grounder by Brendan Harris after Jordan Pacheco walked, stole second and took third on a Montero throwing error.

Rosario added a solo home run off Iwakuma in the seventh in a 2-for-3 day. It was his fourth home run of the spring.

Up Next: Right-hander Juan Nicasio, the Rockies' No. 3 starter, will face the Mariners at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who was named to the Opening Day roster on Monday but could eventually go to Triple-A Colorado Springs as a starter, is scheduled to pitch.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.