Seager homers, Hultzen returns in Mariners' loss

Third baseman hits first deep ball; lefty throws scoreless fourth

Seager homers, Hultzen returns in Mariners' loss

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Troy Tulowitzki made his first hit of the spring count as the Rockies shortstop cranked a home run in the first inning against the Mariners in Colorado's 4-1 victory at Peoria Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Playing his second game since returning from hip surgery that sidelined him since last July, Tulowitzki also leaped high to rob Kyle Seager on a hard line drive in the bottom of the first. Tulowitzki went 1-for-1 with a walk before being replaced in the fifth inning.

Seager wound up tying the game in the third inning with his first homer of the spring, a solo shot off Rockies right-hander Christian Bergman.

Hultzen pleased with performance

"It was a fastball in," Bergman said. "It was elevated a little bit, so typically on a lefty that's kind of a hole. But he got into it."

Bergman went 2 2/3 innings with four hits and the one run in his second Cactus League start.

Erasmo Ramirez gave up just the one run in his three-inning stint for Seattle, allowing two hits with two strikeouts and no walks as he lowered his spring ERA to 3.60 in two starts.

"It was way better," said Ramirez. "Last time, I was fighting for the strike zone. But today all my pitches were in command. I just made the one mistake, a little high [to Tulowitzki]. He's a great hitter and he took advantage of that. But my body feels great and I'm happy with how I'm working in the strike zone, mixing pitches and executing pitches, which is the most important thing right now."

Rodney busts out the arrow

Danny Hultzen threw a scoreless fourth for the Mariners in his first game since undergoing shoulder surgery in 2013, with a leadoff walk to Tulowitzki erased by a double-play grounder. Closer Fernando Rodney walked two in the fifth in his second outing of the spring, but was helped out when catcher Jesus Sucre threw out DJ LeMahieu stealing second.

Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon went 0-for-2 in his first game of the spring as he returned from a sore abdomen that sidelined him at the start of camp.

Ryan Casteel's ninth-inning double, following an error, plated the go-ahead run for the Rockies. Will Swanner and Kyle Parker added two more runs off of Mariners reliever Lucas Luetge to make it 4-1.

Up next: Jordan Pries makes his second Cactus League start on Thursday in a 12:05 p.m. PT game against the A's at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa. The young right-hander was Seattle's Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season in Tacoma and gave up one run and one hit in two innings in his debut last week against the White Sox. Lefty relief candidates Tyler Olson, David Rollins and Rafael Perez are all scheduled to pitch as well, though the most attention figures to fall on a guest appearance by Will Ferrell, who will be playing briefly for both the Mariners and A's in his 10-teams-in-one-day tour for an HBO special.The contest can be heard live on Gameday Audio.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.