Stephen Vogt hit a pair of homers on Saturday and Scott Kazmir returned to the mound after being scratched from a start earlier in the week as the Oakland Athletics posted a 6-5 Cactus League win over a split squad of Seattle Mariners at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
Vogt now has three long balls this spring and is hitting .395, but is still a long shot to make the Opening Day roster, as it appears that Derek Norris and John Jaso have the catching spots nailed down.
Kazmir worked 4.1 innings and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five.
Seattle struck first, getting two runs in the top of the first on RBI singles by Nick Franklin and Logan Morrison.
The A’s (12-9) tied it in the second. Sam Fuld drew a two-out walk, went to third on a single by Jake Elmore and scored on a bunt single by Eric Sogard. After Billy Burns reached on an infield single to load the bases Daric Barton forced in a run by drawing a walk.
Vogt hit the first of his two homers in the third to give Oakland a 4-2 lead. After Derek Norris led off with a double, Vogt hit a line shot to right off Mariners’ starter Scott Baker (1-1).
Seattle (15-8) reclaimed the lead in the fifth. Kazmir was lifted after walking Franklin, but reliever Dan Otero (1-0) threw a wild pitch that resulted in Franklin advancing two bases—Norris tried to throw out Franklin at second, but his throw was wild.
Stefen Romero singled in Franklin and Morrison followed with a homer to right that put the M’s up 5-4.
Alberto Callaspo led off the bottom of the fifth and Vogt followed with his second homer off Baker.
The bullpen made the lead stand up.
Joe Savery escaped two hits and a walk in the sixth and Arnold Leon earned his first save of the spring with three scoreless innings to close it out, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning three.
In addition to Vogt’s power display, Burns and Norris each had two hits for the A’s, with Burns cracking a triple.
The A’s will split the squad for the final time this spring on Sunday, with a group staying at Phoenix Muni to host the Chicago Cubs at 1:05 p.m. Pacific and a squad going to Peoria Sports Complex to play the Mariners, also at 1:05 p.m. Pacific.