Mariners outlast Padres in 10 innings

PEORIA, Ariz. — The temperature was a cool 51 degrees at first pitch, but the bats for both the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres were sizzling.

The two teams — each playing their spring training opener — combined for 33 hits in Seattle's 10-inning, 13-12 win.

The last of those hits was backup catcher Josh Bard's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th, the biggest of his three hits on the afternoon.

Bard's heroics offset a five-RBI performance from Padres catcher Nick Hundley, who belted a grand slam in the fifth inning as part of a six-run rally. The Mariners lost a four-run lead but came back from two three-run deficits in the late innings.

Outfield prospect Carlos Peguero tied the score at 12 with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, then preserved the tie by throwing out the Padres' Mike Baxter at home plate trying to score from second base on a single in the top of the 10th.

Bard, a 32-year-old non-roster invitee and former Padre, hit .214 in 39 games for the Mariners last season. His game-winning single came off Padres reliever Samuel Deduno, who was claimed off waivers from Colorado on Feb. 1.

"That's the best thing about playing games," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "You can watch the guys on both sides of the baseball and watch and see how they react and respond to different opportunities or different situations."

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