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Mariners' Martin makes mark with three hits

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Leonys Martin churned out three hits Wednesday afternoon, helping to lead the Mariners to a 7-4 Cactus League victory over the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark. Martin's outburst included a pair of doubles, including one within a five-run sixth inning for Seattle.

The flurry of late scoring by the Mariners overshadowed the uneventful spring debuts for Indians starter Trevor Bauer and Seattle lefty Drew Smyly.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Leonys Martin churned out three hits Wednesday afternoon, helping to lead the Mariners to a 7-4 Cactus League victory over the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark. Martin's outburst included a pair of doubles, including one within a five-run sixth inning for Seattle.

The flurry of late scoring by the Mariners overshadowed the uneventful spring debuts for Indians starter Trevor Bauer and Seattle lefty Drew Smyly.

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"We did some good things offensively," said Mariners manager Scott Servais, whose club improved to 4-1 this spring. "It was nice to see Leonys Martin kind of break out today with some really good at-bats."

Bauer worked three innings in his first outing of Spring Training, holding Seattle off the board despite allowing four hits. Martin's first hit of the game was a leadoff single in the first off Bauer, who sidestepped damage with the help of a double play. In all, Bauer induced six outs via grounders, while ending with one strikeout and no walks.

"I don't think he walked anybody," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bauer. "He had to climb back into a bunch of counts, so because he was pitching behind, there was some hard contact. But, I thought the ball came out of his hand good. It's his first outing. He went three and he got through them. He threw some good splits, which I know he wanted to."

Smyly, who was acquired from the Rays on Jan. 11, worked two shutout innings his his first Cactus League start. The lefty struck out two hitters, including new Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion in the second inning, and ended with one walk and no hits allowed.

Following Smyly's exit, Mariners reliever Evan Scribner took over and allowed a two-out, solo home run to Michael Martinez in the third inning. Martinez added a two-run single in the seventh inning.

"He always comes ready," Francona said of Martinez. "You don't want to penalize somebody for being ready. He's gotten pitches in the zone and he's really had really good at-bats. And he's reliable defensively. He's an easy guy to pull for -- we all know that. He's such a good teammate. Even with not a ton of experience, he makes guys better on the bench."

Seattle's five-run outpouring in the sixth inning came mostly against Indians lefty Ryan Merritt. Martin, whose three-hit day ended an 0-for-5 mini-slump to start the spring, delivered an RBI double in the inning. Zach Shank contributed a two-run single and Tyler O'Neill (Seattle's No.2-ranked prospect, per MLBPipeline.com) drove in another run with the first of his two late-inning doubles.

Mariners Up Next: Ariel Miranda makes his second Cactus League start in Thursday's 12:10 p.m. PT game against the Brewers at Peoria Stadium. The lefty threw two scoreless innings in Seattle's spring opener against the Padres. Newcomer Shae Simmons and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte are among the relievers scheduled to throw.

Indians Up Next: Right-hander Danny Salazar is slated for his second start of the spring when he takes the mound against the Dodgers in a 3:05 p.m. ET Cactus League tilt at Camelback Ranch. Reliever Dan Otero is also penciled in to pitch for the Tribe. Ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start for Los Angeles.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.