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.
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.
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.