Uribe notches two hits, but Ely struggles in loss

Uribe notches two hits, but Ely struggles in loss

Uribe notches two hits, but Ely struggles in loss
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo, playing for the first time since injuring his hamstring on March 5, ripped a two-run single in his first at-bat, and Matt Tuiasosopo later smacked a two-run home run as Seattle topped the Dodgers, 6-0, on Friday in a Cactus League night game.

Dodgers starter John Ely gave up six runs -- including four in the first -- and eight hits in four innings of work. Competing for a possible rotation spot if Jon Garland can't return from a strained oblique muscle, Ely took the loss and is now 2-2 with a 5.68 ERA this spring.

Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard, helped by three excellent defensive plays by second baseman Adam Kennedy, cruised through 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball in another strong start as he continues his comeback bid.

Bedard gave up just three hits with two walks and four strikeouts before being lifted when he hit his 85-pitch limit after 5 1/3 innings. His ERA stands at 1.13, having allowed just three runs and 11 hits in 16 innings this spring.

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Kennedy made an excellent diving stop on a hard shot behind the bag in the first inning, scrambling to get the force and keep Bedard out of trouble. An inning later, he went deep to his left to throw out Rod Barajas, then he rose up to snag a hard line drive by Ivan De Jesus in the third.

The Dodgers had a nice defensive play of their own when right fielder Gabe Kapler gunned down Kennedy with a strong throw as he tried to go to third on a bloop single by Michael Saunders in the bottom of the third. Kapler then robbed Josh Wilson with a diving catch of a well-hit ball later in the inning.

In between, however, Tuiasosopo launched a two-run home run deep to left field off Ely to give the Mariners a 6-0 lead.

Seattle third baseman Chone Figgins extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the first and went 1-for-4. He's 12-for-28 (.429) in that span, and after a slow start, has now raised his Cactus League average to .349.

Olivo wound up going six innings behind the plate for Seattle, finishing 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored and will next work a Minor League game on Sunday when he catches Felix Hernandez.

"Like I said when I got hurt, I want to come back 100 percent and that's what I did. I feel great," Olivo said. "I impressed myself that I was able to come back like that from that injury. I give credit to the trainers. Everything was good."

Both teams were playing the second game of a split-squad day. The Dodgers managed just five hits, two by third baseman Juan Uribe as he raised his Cactus League average to .289.

Up next for the Mariners: Top rookie prospect Michael Pineda makes his final Cactus League start when the Mariners travel to Maryvale to face the Brewers in a 1:05 p.m. PT game on 710 ESPN Seattle radio and Gameday Audio. Pineda, making a strong bid for the No. 5 starter job, faces Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo. Cesar Jimenez, who got roughed up in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Cubs, gets another relief appearance, and Chris Ray will also pitch for the second straight day. Closer candidate Brandon League is also slated for an inning.

Up next for the Dodgers: The Dodgers travel to Peoria, Ariz., on Saturday, when Clayton Kershaw will make his last prep before Opening Day and face the Padres at 1:05 p.m. on MLB.TV. Kershaw will likely throw four innings, but the more intriguing position is catcher, where Hector Gimenez is trying to beat out A.J. Ellis for the backup job now that Dioner Navarro is out for a month with an oblique strain suffered Thursday.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.