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March 9, 2007 at 12:09 PM

Game update after 3 innings: Mariners 3, Rockies 1

In his first official outing as a Mariner — he also pitched in the intra-squad game — Jeff Weaver allowed five hits and three runs against San Francisco. Early on against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, Weaver looked much more comfortable.
In the first inning, he allowed only an infield hit to leadoff batter Steve Finley, then put down the next three batters. In the second, Weaver gave up a hit to Alexis Gomez, who stole second and scored on a Clint Barnes single for a 1-0 lead. In the third, he didn’t allow a hit, striking out Brad Hawpe.
Weaver’s line: three innings, three hits, one run, two strikeouts. That’s two runs in the last 14 innings for the Mariners starters, for those counting at home. That certainly bodes well, even if the spring training record suggests otherwise.
Willie Bloomquist singled for the Mariners in the bottom of the first, then stole second, his first stolen base this spring. The Mariners didn’t score after Rockies starter Jeff Francis struck out Jose Vidro and Raul Ibanez.
Jose Lopez, playing in his third spring training game, singled to start the bottom of the third. Anyone still worried about the ankle Lopez injured during winter ball need not be concerned. When Yuniesky Betancourt lofted a fly ball to left field that Gomez lost in the sun, Lopez trucked around second and slid headfirst into third, no worse for the wear.
Lopez scored when Ichiro bounced a grounder to second base. Betancourt scored when Bloomquist tripled into the right field corner. Bloomquist scored on a Vidro groundout. And suddenly, the Mariners led 3-1.

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