Wilson's pair of jacks flush Royals
Betancourt also homers; Washburn has longest outing of spring
MARINERS 9, ROYALS 3
at Surprise, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 18
Mariners at the plate: Mike Wilson hammered a pair of two-run homers to center field and also doubled. Wilson was hitting just .167 coming into the game. His double, Ronny Cedeno's bunt hit and Franklin Gutierrez's RBI single started a two-run third inning. Wilson homered in the fourth and the seventh. Yuniesky Betancourt led off the fifth with his first homer and also had an RBI triple in the sixth.
Mariners on the mound: Jarrod Washburn gave up two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. It was his longest outing of the spring and dropped his ERA to 4.85.
Royals on the mound: Zack Greinke had his second straight rocky outing, giving up six runs on 11 hits in five innings. Two hits were home runs; he's surrendered six in his five outings. His ERA jumped to 8.27. Robinson Tejeda was tagged for three runs in 1 1/3 innings after giving up just two runs in his previous 10 1/3 innings.
Cactus League records: Mariners 9-9-1, Royals 11-7-3.
Up next: The Mariners play a day-night doubleheader on Thursday, and the 7:05 p.m. PT nightcap against the Padres at Peoria Stadium features the left-field debut of Ken Griffey Jr., who has not played that position since Aug. 23, 2002. Griffey figures to get two at-bats, perhaps three, depending on how his left knee feels. Left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith gets the start in the game, which will be televised in the Northwest on FOX Sports Northwest. The Mariners also play a day game at Peoria Stadium, taking on the Cubs in a 1:05 p.m. PT game. Right-hander Gaby Hernandez starts for Seattle, opposed by Cubs right-hander Aaron Heilman, who was acquired in December from the Mets and traded to the Cubs in late January.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.