Taylor busts out with blistering bat in loss to Dodgers
Mariners shortstop contender homers, hits RBI triple; Erasmo serves up four hits
By AJ Cassavell
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers benefited from some shoddy Seattle defense Friday afternoon, as they rode five unearned runs to a 7-4 victory over the Mariners.
Chris Taylor led the way for Seattle with a homer, a triple and three RBIs -- an impressive display for a player competing for the starting shortstop job. His efforts weren't enough, though, as the Dodgers rallied late, led mostly by their Minor Leaguers.
Los Angeles jumped out in front with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Howie Kendrick (double) and Andre Ethier (single) led off the frame with back-to-back hits, before an error on starter Erasmo Ramirez allowed Kendrick to score -- and Ethier, too, one batter later.
Ramirez didn't look especially sharp, even though both runs he allowed were unearned. The right-hander, who is in competition for the No. 5 spot in the Mariners' rotation, faced 10 hitters and allowed four hits.
Seattle evened things up quickly against Dodgers reliever Dustin McGowan. In the top half of the third, Taylor smashed an RBI triple to center and scored one batter later. Then in the fifth, Taylor put the Mariners on top with a two-run shot into the Dodgers' bullpen, his first home run of the spring.
The Mariners weren't able to get much going against Dodgers starter David Huff. Huff faced the minimum six hitters and surrendered only a single.
"He's a guy we look at to give us length, kind of a spot starter, maybe get a lefty out," manager Don Mattingly said of Huff. "He came up with that cutter over the last couple of years, and that's kind of changed him a bit."
Los Angeles rallied to take the lead in the sixth with three runs -- aided by a pair of errors by shortstop Ketel Marte. Dodgers first baseman O'Koyea Dickson added the exclamation point in the seventh with his second home run of the spring.
Up next: Seattle plays the first of its two split-squad days this spring on Saturday, with Hisashi Iwakuma making his Cactus League debut against the D-backs at Peoria Stadium and young right-hander Jordan Pries getting the call against the White Sox in Glendale. Both games start at 12:05 p.m. PT, with the Peoria game available live on Gameday Audio. Dominic Leone and Lucas Luetge are among the relievers slated for the D-backs game, while Carson Smith highlights the bullpen crew headed to Glendale.
AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.