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Betancourt leads Mariners over Giants

Betancourt leads Mariners over Giants

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MARINERS (SS) 7, GIANTS 2
at San Francisco
Thursday, March 27

Mariners at the plate: Yuniesky Betancourt drove in five runs, doubling to score two in the second (he came home on a throwing error) and adding a three-run homer in the fourth. Betancourt also caught the Giants napping and raced home in the sixth inning during a brief lull in play.

Giants at the plate: Bengie Molina singled leading off the fourth inning for the Giants' first hit. Molina also drove in the Giants' first run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly following three walks.

Mariners on the mound: R.A. Dickey limited San Francisco to one hit in five innings. The right-hander lowered his spring ERA from 3.00 to 2.25.

Giants on the mound: Matt Cain had good stuff, striking out six in four innings, but two fielding errors and Betancourt conspired against him. Relievers Erick Threets and Merkin Valdez, both out of Minor League options and striving to make the Opening Day roster, each pitched a scoreless inning.

Exhibition records: Mariners 12-15-3; Giants 8-21-2.

Mariners up next: Seattle travels to Las Vegas for a pair of weekend exhibitions against the Chicago Cubs at Cashman Field. Friday, right-hander Carlos Silva will start for the Mariners against Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly.

Giants up next: The Giants play the first of three Bay Bridge Series exhibitions on Friday against the Oakland A's. Tim Lincecum will start for the Giants at AT&T Park against left-hander Greg Smith.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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