Ackley, Walker stay on hot streak in win over D-backs

Outfielder collects RBI single; righty tosses three hitless innings

Ackley, Walker stay on hot streak in win over D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Taijuan Walker, who is making a bid to win a spot in the Mariners rotation, looked sharp while Rubby De La Rosa looked anything but as the Mariners beat the D-backs, 11-4, on Saturday afternoon at Salt River Fields.

Walker has not allowed a run in three spring appearances -- two Cactus League outings and one charity game. Saturday he did not allow a hit while walking one over three innings.

De La Rosa, who is competing for a D-backs rotation spot, struggled for the first time this spring. The right-hander allowed three runs while walking four and hitting a batter.

Dustin Ackley continued his hot start to the spring. He entered the day with five hits in his last six at-bats and after being hit by a pitch in the second inning, he drove home a run with a single to center in the third.

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, who was playing for the first time since missing six games following the death of his grandfather in the Dominican Republic, went 1-for-3 with a single.

The Mariners held the D-backs hitless until Jake Lamb led off the fifth with a single off Tom Wilhelmsen.

The D-backs went on to score a pair of runs in the frame when a groundout by Nick Buss scored Lamb from third and Ender Inciarte's double brought home Tuffy Gosewisch.

Seattle added to a 5-4 lead with six runs in the top of the ninth on RBI singles by Ketel Marte and Marcus Littlewood, an RBI double by Carlos Rivero and a two-run single by James Jones. Another run scored when John Hicks walked with the bases loaded.

Up next: With Felix Hernandez throwing a simulated game Sunday morning at the Peoria practice complex, left-hander Roenis Elias gets the Cactus League start against the Dodgers in a 1:05 p.m. PT start at Peoria Stadium. Elias has a 4.50 ERA in two spring outings. Young lefty bullpen candidates Tyler Olson and David Rollins and veteran southpaw Rafael Perez are among the relievers scheduled, along with right-handers Danny Farquhar and Justin Germano. The game will be televised live on ROOT Sports and MLB.TV.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.