Donaldson, Cespedes homer before A's fall to Mariners
Norris also goes deep in loss; Lindblom takes no-no into fifth inning
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Stefen Romero's three-run homer walked off the Mariners in the ninth inning Sunday as Seattle scored four times in the inning to rally for a 6-4 win over the A's at Peoria Sports Complex.
Josh Lindblom took a no-hitter into the fifth inning for the A's, and Josh Donaldson, Derek Norris and Yoenis Cespedes each homered before Seattle's comeback in the final frame.
Lindblom faced the minimum through four innings -- the right-hander erased a one-out walk in the third with a pickoff -- and set down the first two in the fifth before Logan Morrison dropped a double down the right-field line. Dustin Ackley then homered on an 0-2 count to continue his hot spring.
Lindblom was making his first start of the spring and could be stretched out this final week of Spring Training to be a Triple-A starter after the A's announced their rotation earlier Sunday.
"I think everything was working," Lindblom said. "Being able to throw strikes with all my pitches, mixing them all, throwing the first pitch for a strike. It makes it tough on hitters when they don't know what's coming."
Donaldson's two-run blast to right-center field broke a scoreless tie in the fourth, and Norris' solo shot to left regained the lead for the A's in the sixth. Cespedes' no-doubt shot to left in the eighth was his first of the spring.
The Donaldson and Norris home runs came off Mariners left-hander Randy Wolf, who is trying to secure a rotation spot. Those were the only two mistakes Wolf made. The veteran gave up three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings.
Up next: Minor League right-hander Murphy Smith will make his first Cactus League appearance when he starts against the Texas Rangers on Monday at Surprise Stadium, live on MLB.TV or through an exclusive athletics.com webcast. Smith pitched the past two seasons in Double-A and had a 3.48 ERA in 25 starts in 2013. The Rangers will counter with left-hander Ryan Feierabend.