Cano gets 2 hits, Mariners beat Angels in rain

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm •  Published: March 1, 2014
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Robinson Cano got two hits and made a pair of smooth plays in the field as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Saturday in a game shortened to seven innings because of rain.

Cano struck out in the first inning against C.J. Wilson. The Seattle newcomer hit an RBI single in the third and later scored on Dustin Ackley's RBI double.

Cano was sharp at second base, making a charging grab and flip to get Ian Stewart in the first and starting a double play in the fourth. This was Cano's second game for the Mariners — in his debut, he singled on the first pitch he saw.

Scott Baker threw two scoreless innings to start his bid for a spot in Seattle's rotation. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out win in his first start of the spring as Seattle improved to 3-0 in Cactus League play.

The game was played despite the first rain in the Phoenix area since late December. Heavy showers blew through the Peoria area about two hours before first pitch but skies cleared and the field was deemed playable for the 1:05 p.m. start.

In the fifth inning, dark clouds started to build toward the west and finally arrived in the bottom of the seventh. A lightning flash in the distance sent fans scurrying for the exits and heavy rains followed moments later.

Justin Smoak barely missed a home run with a deep shot to center field that crashed off the batter's eye in the second. The Mariners added two more in the third for a 4-0 lead behind Cano's RBI and run scored.

Smoak has doubled in each of his first two games, both batting right-handed.

"He's putting a lot of time in with (hitting coach Howard Johnson) and it's nice to see him get positive results very early," manager Lloyd McClendon said.

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Mariners: Baker, trying to come back from Tommy John surgery during the 2012 season, threw 32 pitches with 22 strikes. He allowed a bloop single to Kole Calhoun to lead off the game but left him stranded at third. He walked Carlos Pena opening the second, but retired the next three.