MESA, Ariz. -- Left-hander Scott Kazmir was struck for two runs (one earned) in 2 2/3 innings Thursday in his Cactus League debut against the Mariners at Hohokam Stadium, where the A's rallied for three ninth-inning runs to claim a 4-3 victory.
The veteran walked two in an excitable first inning, with comedian Will Ferrell standing nearby at shortstop, but he also struck out two. Kazmir fanned two more in the second before finding trouble in the third, when Austin Jackson hit a one-out triple and scored on outfielder Justin Ruggiano's ensuing base hit. Nelson Cruz pitched in with a sacrifice fly.
Jackson finished 2-for-2 with a walk to raise his Cactus League average to .385 in five games.
Right-hander Jordan Pries pitched well for the Mariners in his second Cactus League outing. Pries, who figures to start the season in Triple-A Tacoma again, allowed just a first-pitch leadoff triple to Billy Burns and a subsequent sacrifice fly for the only hit and run against him in a three-inning stint.
"The first pitch of a game is a little bit of a nerve-crusher, you want to get strike one and go from there and settle in," Pries said. "Other than that, I was happy with it. I was throwing pitches where I wanted, I was attacking and doing all the things I like to do. It was another step in the right direction."
Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero contributed an RBI single in the sixth inning.
The A's walked off with the victory on Kent Matthes' two-out single with runners on the corners. The big inning was sparked on three consecutive one-out doubles from Luke Carlin, Alden Carrithers and Bryan Anderson.
A's up next: Manager Bob Melvin will take half his squad to Las Vegas for a two-game series with the Cubs at Cashman Field, beginning with a 5:05 p.m. PT matchup Friday (watch live on MLB.TV), with starter Drew Pomeranz on the mound. Back in Arizona, right-hander Chris Bassitt will start against the Royals in Surprise for a 1:05 p.m. PT game (listen live on a free webcast).
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.