Highlights from the Mariners' Cactus League opener

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Notable:

Patrick Kivlehan hammered a low, hard line drive to right field that short-hopped and skipped past Padres right fielder Rymer Liriano and reached the fence, allowing Tyler Marlette to score the winning run from first base. It was Kivlehan’s second hit of the game. D.J. Peterson belted a solo homer in the first inning.

Player of the game:

Young catcher Michael Dowd made the most of his two plate appearances, notching RBI singles in each of them. Dowd’s infield hit gave the Mariners’ a 2-1 lead in sixth inning. He later tied gave Seattle a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning with a crisp single up the middle.

Quotable:

“I thought our guys showed a lot of fortitude. It was a little sloppy, but that was to be expected. Our young players played extremely well. I was proud of them.” – Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon.

On tap:

The Mariners will host the Padres again at 12:05 p.m. (Pacific time) Thursday at Peoria Stadium. Left-hander Roenis Elias will get the start for Seattle, and right-hander Andrew Cashner will start for San Diego. The game will be televised by ROOT Sports and broadcast on radio by ESPN 710.