Mar 23, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) gets high fives after hitting a two run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics Split Squad Loses To Mariners As Evan Scribner Roughed Up In 9th


Oakland Athletics right-hander Evan Scribner gave up four runs without getting an out in the ninth inning Sunday and a split squad of A’s lost to the Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Stefen Romero’s walkoff homer at Peoria Sports Complex.

Josh Lindblom, still presumably fighting for a spot in the bullpen but likely ticketed to start the season in the starting rotation at Triple-A Sacramento, allowed two runs on two hits in 4.2 innings, walking one and striking out three.

The A’s built a 4-2 lead, breaking open a tie game in the sixth when Derek Norris connected for his third homer of the spring off Mariners’ starter Randy Wolf, and going ahead 4-2 in the eighth when Yoenis Cespedes hit his first long ball of the spring off reliever Yoervis Medina with one out.

Oakland (12-9) broke out on top in the fourth. Nick Punto drew a leadoff walk and Josh Donaldson followed with his third Cactus League homer.

The M’s (16-9) tied it in the fifth. Logan Morrison cracked a two-out double to right and Dustin Ackley followed with a homer to left-center off Lindblom.

Fernando Abad worked 1.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout before giving way to Scribner (0-1) in the seventh. He pitched two scoreless frames before running into disaster in the ninth.

Tyler Smith and Justin Smoak hit led off with back-to-back singles and Kyle Seager made it a 4-3 game with a line-drive double to right. Romero followed with a blast to left-center to end it.

Scribner was charged with four runs on six hits with a walk in two innings, striking out two.

Cespedes, who was off to a very slow start this spring, raised his Cactus League average to .163 with a 2-for-3 day and Billy Burns also had a pair of hits.

The other A’s split squad was at their spring training home in Phoenix against the Cubs on Sunday.

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