The Seattle Mariners received a strong start from Felix Hernandez and took advantage of four Chicago errors to claim a 9-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox in Cactus League play Tuesday afternoon in front of 6,468 fans at Peoria Stadium.
The Mariners (13-7-2) won their third straight following a three-game losing streak. The losing streak followed a stretch of 8 games without a loss (7-0-1) from March 7-14.
The Mariners jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single to center by Milton Bradley that scored Ichiro from second base. After falling behind 2-1, Chone Figgins gave the team the lead once again with a two-RBI single to right field that scored Brendan Ryan (double) and Michael Saunders (walk).
The Mariners took advantage of an Adam Dunn error in the sixth inning to score four unearned runs. The rally began with Adam Moore reaching on a two-base error after Dunn failed to make the catch on a fly ball in the sun. Mike Wilson, who had just replaced Ichiro in right field, followed with an RBI double to left-center. After a Chris Gimenez single to left and a walk to Dustin Ackley, Matt Tuiasosopo doubled both runners home to give the Mariners a four-run lead.
In the eighth, Ryan Langerhans, continuing his hot spring, had an RBI double high off the top of the center-field wall 410 feet away. Luis Rodriguez capped the scoring for the Mariners with an RBI single that scored Langerhans.
Right-hander Felix Hernandez started for Seattle and worked a spring-high 5.0 innings. His final line: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO while throwing 79 pitches, 52 for strikes. Hernandez retired the last nine batters he faced and 12 of the final 13. Hernandez allowed both runs in the second inning on an RBI double to left by catcher Ramon Castro and an RBI groundout by third baseman Brent Morel.
Right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen tossed a perfect seventh inning, striking out the three batters he faced. Left-hander Royce Ring struck out two in the eighth inning and has now tossed 6.0 scoreless innings this spring in six appearances.
Brendan Ryan started at shortstop and Jack Wilson at second base for the Mariners. Earlier today, Manager Eric Wedge announced the going forward Ryan would be the shortstop with Wilson moving over to second base.