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Nine is enough; M’s, Padres tie


PEORIA, Ariz. – From the Only at Spring Training Dept. (and the 2002 All-Star Game), the Mariners and Padres played to a 6-6 tie Monday when the two teams ran out of pitching.

Luis Martinez’s RBI ground out scored Jeudy Valdez with the tying run for San Diego in the bottom of the ninth inning and, after Mariners left-hander Chris Seddon got Kevin Fransden on a grounder for the third out, the teams called it a day after they’d played 10 innings Sunday.

“We played extra innings yesterday, so nine was enough today with the pitching,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

It was another good day for the Mariners’ young outfielders. One day after Carlos Peguero homered in the ninth inning to tie the score, Greg Halman and Johermyn Chavez hit home runs Monday.

Chavez, who hit 32 last year at Class A High Desert, homered on the first pitch of the ninth off right-hander Ernesto Frieri to break a 5-5 tie.

“You love to see a young man go up there ready to hit,” Wedge said. “He really got all over that ball. It wasn’t a dead pull; he was in the middle of the field and he drove it, and in the late innings as well.”

Right-hander David Pauley was the only Mariners pitcher who didn’t allow a run. He followed Doug Fister and pitched the third and fourth innings, allowing two hits.

Brandon League and Chris Ray each allowed a walk, a hit and a run in one inning; Garrett Olson allowed two hits and a run in one, and Seddon allowed a hit and a run in the ninth after a perfect eighth.

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