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Garland solid in first Padres start

Garland solid in first Padres start

at Peoria, Ariz.
Saturday, March 6

Padres at the plate: Leadoff hitter Jerry Hairston Jr., starting at shortstop, had three hits. His brother, Scott Hairston, left the game in the third inning after being hit by a pitch on his right hand. He went for an X-ray but didn't think the injury was serious. Prospect Logan Forsythe, getting the start at third base, had an RBI single and a walk. Matt Antonelli had an RBI double in the fifth inning.

Mariners at the plate: Veteran Mike Sweeney, trying to earn a bench spot, had four hits, including a solo home run to left field in the fourth inning and an RBI double in the fifth inning. Michael Saunders came off the bench to get a triple in the sixth inning. He would later score to put Seattle ahead, 5-4. Greg Halman broke the game open with a two-run triple in the seventh inning.

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Padres on the mound: Starting pitcher Jon Garland allowed one run on two hits in two innings. He was hit on the leg by a line drive off the bat of Matt Tuiasosopo in the second inning but remained in the game. A wild pitch in the second inning accounted for a Mariners run. Tim Stauffer followed and allowed the home run to Sweeney but nothing else in his two innings.

Mariners on the mound: Starting pitcher Ian Snell, projected to be the Mariners' No. 4 pitcher, allowed two runs -- one earned -- on three hits with one strikeout in two innings. Sean White tossed a scoreless inning of relief, but Dan Cortes allowed two runs in his one-plus innings of work.

Worth noting: The Padres, who have vowed to run more and be aggressive on the bases, lost a chance at a run in the second inning when Antonelli couldn't get a bunt down in a squeeze situation. Forsythe, the baserunner, was eventually tagged out in a rundown.

Cactus League records: Padres 1-2; Mariners 2-2.

Up next: Clayton Richard, the odds-on favorite to win the No. 4 spot in the Padres' starting rotation, makes his first Cactus League appearance on Sunday against the Mariners at 12:05 p.m. PT. The game will also mark the second spring outing for a number of relievers, including closer Heath Bell, who allowed a home run in his one inning of work Thursday against Seattle.

Ryan Rowland-Smith makes his first exhibition start as the Mariners conclude their four-game Cactus League opening series against San Diego. Shortstop Jack Wilson, who had to leave Friday's game with a tight right hamstring and was not scheduled to suit up for Saturday's game, reported the he was feeling fine and is expected back in the lineup.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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