Felix falters vs. phenoms, but offense keeps game tight

Cruz goes deep and Wilson adds inside-the-park homer in eighth

Felix falters vs. phenoms, but offense keeps game tight

MESA, Ariz. -- Top prospect Kris Bryant notched his third two-homer game this spring to raise his total to eight home runs, most in the Major Leagues, and Addison Russell added a two-run shot to power the Cubs to a 12-10 victory Saturday over the Mariners.

Bryant connected in the first off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez with a runner at second and one out, launching a 2-2 pitch far back onto the left-field berm. It was the first home run off Hernandez this spring.

This was Bryant's first game at third base since March 12 after being sidelined with fatigue in his right shoulder. It hasn't affected his hitting. Bryant also hit two homers on March 12, and again on March 14.

Bryant launched No. 8 with two on and one out in the fourth off Kevin Correia. On Thursday, he hit another home run in a "B" game, but that doesn't count in the spring statistics.

But the Mariners ace brushed off the poor outing and said it was just part of the process of getting ready for Opening Day.

"It's part of the game," Hernandez said. "I definitely didn't have the results I wanted, but I got my work in and threw a lot of pitches. That's what I'm here for."

Asked about Bryant's homer, Hernandez said: "Big power. Nice. He looked good at the plate. He hit bad pitches. It's Spring Training."

The Mariners took advantage of two outfield miscues to tally in the third. Brad Miller reached second on a double that center fielder Dexter Fowler lost in the sun, and then scored on right fielder Jorge Soler's error as he couldn't get his glove on Austin Jackson's fly ball. Jackson then tallied on Robinson Cano's groundout. Nelson Cruz followed with a solo homer to tie the game at 3.

Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead RBI double with two outs in the Cubs third and then scored on Russell's homer, his first this spring, which chased Hernandez. Welington Castillo, who hit a RBI double in the second, added a solo shot leading off the fourth.

In the eighth, Seattle's Austin Wilson hit a three-run, inside-the-park homer off Andres Santiago, scoring Jordy Lara and Chris Mariscal, after the ball got by Junior Lake in left-center.

The Cubs rank among the Major League leaders with 28 home runs this spring.

Up next: James Paxton makes his Cactus League debut Sunday as the Mariners host the Rangers in a 1:05 p.m. PT game at Peoria Stadium. The 26-year-old southpaw bruised his left forearm when he fell doing agility drills prior to the start of camp, but is healthy now and threw three innings in a simulated game earlier this week. Lefty bullpen candidates David Rollins and Joe Saunders will pitch relief, along with Dominic Leone, Danny Farquhar and Carson Smith. The game will air live on MLB.TV and ROOT Sports.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.