Beckett struggles in Dodgers' 8-5 loss to Mariners

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2014 at 12:09 am •  Published: March 9, 2014
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles starter Josh Beckett gave up three home runs in three innings in the Dodgers' 8-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night in split-squad game.

Seattle's Jesus Montero hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Stefen Romero followed with another shot. With two out in the third, Nick Franklin's pop fly eluded the Dodgers' fielders for a double, and Justin Smoak followed with a two-run homer. Beckett allowed six hits and five earned runs.

Beckett tried to work on locating his fastball — in to left-handed batters and out to right-handers.

"I didn't know their guys ... were in our meeting before this game," Beckett joked. "They figured it out pretty quick."

A poor outing in spring often leads to talk about how a pitcher isn't concerned about results, but is trying to tweak his repertoire of pitches.

"Everybody says that during spring training, but you obviously want to have good results," Beckett said. "You don't want to pitch badly. .. Balls were leaking back to the middle of the plate. I guess I need to work on that. That's sort of what I wanted to work on, and it didn't go good."

Montero later hit a solo homer.

Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer for Los Angeles.

The game was a sellout, with an announced crowd of 13,427.

STARTING TIME

Mariners starter Blake Beavan gave up three runs, but only one earned, in three innings.

"Every outing is a learning experience for him," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who indicated Beavan made a poor pitch to Scott Van Slyke on Van Slyke's run-scoring single in the first.

Beavan also made a throwing error on a pickoff try while Montero made a fielding error.

"It was not all his fault," McClendon said about Beavan, who could be in the mix for a starting spot.

MONTERO SIZZLES

With his two homers, Montero raised his spring average to .350.