INDIANS 6, MARINERS 3 (AT GOODYEAR BALLPARK)
The facts: Mariners are unbeaten no longer. Francisco Lindor’s three-run homer in the seventh inning against Logan Bawcom broke a 3-3 tie. It was a no-doubt, two-out drive over the right-field wall.
Play of the game: Lindor’s bomb is the obvious one. But second baseman Gabriel Noriega’s defensive meltdown, after replacing Robinson Cano, fueled Cleveland’s three-run fifth after the Mariners built a 3-0 lead.
Plus: Veteran lefty Randy Wolf, recovering from a second Tommy John surgery, started and worked two scoreless innings in his first game action since Sept. 22, 2012. “When you have moments like these,” he said, “they’re very gratifying.”
Minus: Noriega is generally viewed as a strong defensive player, but he almost single-handedly threw away that three-run lead in the fifth. First, he made an off-line throw on a potential inning-ending double play that permitted the Indians’ first run to score. After Tom Wilhelmsen yielded an RBI triple to Jason Kipnis, Noriega committed a run-scoring error on a routine grounder then went though his legs.
Quotable: “He’s fine. There are no issues. It’s just like every other closer. They get out there when they get out there.” — manager Lloyd McClendon on closer Fernando Rodney, who has yet to make his spring debut.
Extra innings: The Mariners’ starting pitchers have not allowed a run over eight innings in the four games…Shortstop Nick Franklin marked his 22nd birthday by going hitless in three at-bats….Left fielder Dustin Ackley was two for three with a two-run homer…Danny Farquhar worked a scoreless eighth and has retired all six hitters faced in two outings.
Up next: Monday’s schedule calls for the first of three split-squad doubleheaders in an eight-day period. Erasmo Ramirez and Blake Beavan will each make their second spring outings; both worked two scoreless innings in last Thursday’s 7-1 victory over San Diego in the Cactus League opener. Ramirez will start against Cincinnati in Goodyear, while Beavan will face Colorado at Peoria Stadium. Both games start at 12:05 p.m. Pacific time.