SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Zunino and Ian Desmond homered, while Yovani Gallardo and Jon Gray put together strong outings on Saturday in the Mariners' 4-3 victory over the Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.Zunino hit a solo shot to left field in the second inning to give the
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Zunino and Ian Desmond homered, while Yovani Gallardo and Jon Gray put together strong outings on Saturday in the Mariners' 4-3 victory over the Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Zunino hit a solo shot to left field in the second inning to give the Mariners the lead before Desmond responded with a game-tying two-run blast to center in the fourth. It marked the first home run of the spring for each player.
The Zunino dinger was the only blemish against Gray, who struck out one in his two innings.
"His stuff looked where it needed to be right now," Rockies manager Bud Black said of Gray. "Overall, it was a good outing for Jon."
Gallardo fared better in his final appearance with his new team before leaving to pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. He struck out three and allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings. It was a vast improvement from the four runs he gave up in one frame in his first start.
"That first time out, I was a little bit too quick and trying to overdo everything and be perfect," Gallardo said. "The bullpen prior to this start focused on throwing the ball over the plate and having a good line and direction toward the plate. It showed. Everything was under control."
Zack Shank produced a pair of late-inning RBIs for the Mariners, including driving in the game-winning run in the ninth. Christian Bergman, a former Rockie, pitched the ninth for his first save.
Colorado's Stephen Cardullo recorded his team-leading seventh RBI with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly that tied the game at 3.
Mariners Up Next:Felix Hernandez makes his second start of the spring at 12:10 p.m. PT on Sunday against the A's in Peoria. Andrew Moore gets the start in the Mariners' other split-squad game at 12:05 p.m. PT versus the Dodgers in Glendale. Both games can be seen live on MLB.TV.
Rockies Up Next: The Rockies will begin their time without Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and Jake McGee, who are headed to the World Baseball Classic. Chad Bettis will make his first appearance this spring when he faces the Brewers in a 1:05 MT game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Kyle Freeland, Chad Qualls and Jason Motte are also scheduled to pitch. It can be heard live on Gameday Audio.
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