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Durazo clubs three-run homer for A's

Durazo clubs three-run homer for A's

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MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 5
at Peoria, Ariz.
Monday, March 12

A's at the plate: Mike Piazza drove in a run with a double and Jeremy Brown hit his first spring home run. Erubiel Durazo provided the big blast, a three-run homer to the deepest part of the ballpark that tied the game at 5-5.

Mariners at the plate: Richie Sexson broke up his 0-for-18 in a big way. He singled, hit a home run and drove in two runs. Ichiro Suzuki and Willie Bloomquist each had a pair of singles and Jose Vidro had two hits and three RBIs. Michael Garciaparra scored the winning run in the eighth when Oswaldo Navarro's infield grounder was mishandled.

A's on the mound: Joe Kennedy allowed four runs in his first two innings, but then retired the final five hitters he faced in going 3 2/3 innings. Chad Gaudin recorded four outs on 13 pitches. He used six pitches on Sexson, who drilled a home run.

Mariners on the mound: Right-hander Felix Hernandez threw four shutout innings, giving up three hits, a hit batter, striking out one. It was by far his best effort of the spring, as he faced just 14 batters, two over the minimum. He allowed one runner past first and induced two double plays. Hernandez improved his spring ERA to 2.00, with just eight hits in nine innings.

Cactus League records: Mariners 3-10; Athletics 6-6

Up next: Dan Haren (0-0, 3.60) makes his third start of the spring when the A's travel to Scottsdale for a Tuesday night game. He'll be opposed by Giants lefty Noah Lowry, Haren's college teammate at Pepperdine.

Lefty Jarrod Washburn makes his third spring start on Tuesday when the Milwaukee Brewers visit Peoria. Washburn threw three shutout innings at the Kansas City Royals in his last outing, improving his spring numbers to one run, three hits, no walks and seven strikeouts in five innings. The Brewers will counter with their ace, Ben Sheets.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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