Blackmon stays hot as Rockies fall to Mariners in spring training

Outfielder making statement to make team

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Kendrys Morales hit his third home run of spring training and Erasmo Ramirez tossed six strong innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 Saturday.

Mike Jacobs also homered and Jesus Montero and Carlos Pequero each added two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Seattle. Michael Morse was on base all three times and raised his spring average to .375.

Ramirez, projected as the No 4 or 5 starter for the Mariners, allowed a run and three hits to the first five batters he faced before settling down. The right-hander struggled with the Colorado lefties, giving up a pair of doubles to Charlie Blackmon and an RBI double to Reid Brignac in the sixth, and chided himself for waiting until runners were in scoring position to make his best pitches.

He allowed five hits and one run over the next five innings. He allowed just two runs over 12 innings this spring, with nine strikeouts and one walk.

Blackmon, back in a game for the first time since March 1 because of an infection in his right knee that required a hospital stay, now has six hits and four doubles in his nine Cactus League at-bats.