Beavan has rocky outing as Mariners fall

Beavan has rocky outing as Mariners fall

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Indians Minor Leaguers Jose Ramirez and Tyler Naquin had back-to-back doubles in a five-run sixth inning as Cleveland overtook the Mariners for a 10-5 victory Saturday afternoon at Peoria Stadium.

Mariners starter Blake Beavan, one of four candidates for the final two spots in Seattle's rotation, allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 16 hits in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.

Raul Ibanez hit his fourth homer of the spring and Justin Smoak had a pair of doubles as the Mariners bounced back against Indians starter Scott Kazmir, vying for a No. 5 starter role with the Indians. Kazmir got the victory after allowing five earned runs on 13 hits.

After the Indians had rallied from a two-run deficit to take the lead on on back-to-back homers by Cord Phelps and Jason Giambi in the third, the Mariners took the lead back in the fifth on Ibanez's two-run shot and an RBI double by Minor Leaguer Michael Dowd.

Twice, players were carted off the field with injuries. First, it was Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, who was struck on the right side of the head by a bat at the end of a swing by Indians prospect Francisco Lindor, sustaining a large bump on his head but no concussion. Then, Indians outfielder Matt Carson was carted off with a laceration on his forehead and a neck strain after hitting the fence in right field face first while chasing down a ball.

The Mariners scored two runs in the first after leading off the game with four straight hits, capped by Smoak's first double, but Kazmir settled in somewhat after that, eventually throwing 85 pitches, 60 for strikes. Beavan threw 100 pitches in his 5 1/3 innings of work.

"He was up a little bit. We got him up to 100 pitches, which we needed to do," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "He just wasn't as crisp as he was the last time out, when he threw the ball very well, I thought. He was still making pitches there at the end, but he was just inconsistent. But we pushed him to where we needed to push him today."

Up next: Joe Saunders will meet his former team when the Mariners travel to Salt River Fields to meet the Diamondbacks in a 1:10 p.m. PT game Sunday. With one week remaining in Spring Training, one player to keep an eye on is center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, who hasn't played in the field since Sunday.

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