Cano's 2 hits, 2 RBIs lead Mariners over D-backs

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm •  Published: March 13, 2014
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Robinson Cano got two more hits and drove in two runs Thursday to help the Seattle Mariners top the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3.

Cano is 14 for 23 with six RBIs in nine spring training games. The Mariners newcomer has a six-game hitting streak.

"He knows how to get ready and he's been going at it very well," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's working extremely hard and bringing other guys with him. So I've been very impressed with how he goes about his business."

Cano's latest RBIs came against Arizona starter Archie Bradley, widely regarded as the organization's top overall prospect.

Bradley had allowed just three hits without a run in 6 1-3 previous innings this spring, but he only got through two innings against the Mariners. He allowed four runs on five hits with two walks.

Bradley said he felt as if he'd thrown "a ton" of pitches.

"Anytime you have to work behind in the count, it's never good, and I just couldn't get that first pitch over and it seemed like every batter, I was working from behind," Bradley said.

Logan Morrison hit a solo home run and Dustin Ackley singled and scored twice for the Mariners, whose 13 wins are the most in spring training among all teams.

Starter Blake Beavan held the Diamondbacks to a run on five hits over 4 2-3 innings, striking out four.

Seattle center fielder Endy Chavez reached base three times, scored twice and drove in a run. He also stole a base.

Arizona's Eric Chavez doubled and scored.

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Mariners: Beavan has significant big league experience and knows he has shot to make the rotation.

"I like a lot where I am compared to where I was last year," Beavan said, citing knee soreness that affected him last spring. "It's about 200 percent difference."

"This year it's a lot easier when you're not having to pitch through some pain and not having to compensate for your knee and creating some bad habits with your mechanics," he said.

Diamondbacks: Arizona leaves for Australia after Sunday's game, so Thursday was Bradley's last start before he pitches in an exhibition game against the Australian national team.

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