MESA, Ariz. — Robinson Cano belted a single that didn’t count and followed with a two-run homer in the Seattle Mariners’ 11-11 tie with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.
Cano and home plate umpire Dana DeMuth were both asking for time in the fourth inning when starter Kendall Graveman followed through with a pitch. Cano ripped it into center field but was called back to the plate. He then hit a home run on a 2-1 pitch.
Rob Brantly also homered for Seattle.
Danny Valencia homered and drove in three and Coco Crisp added a two-run double for the A’s.
Mariners shortstop Ketel Marte was struck in the eye when the ball took a tricky hop on a throw in from right fielder Daniel Robertson on Jed Lowrie’s double. Cano said it was a hard infield, which may have been a contributing factor.
Graveman was happy to build his pitch count and get up and down more often between innings.
“Mentally, it was about being more prepared,” Graveman said. “I treated it like a regular season game, where you have to stay locked in for a longer period of time.”
Graveman also mixed his four-seamer in, along with the two-seamer and changeup. He was more disappointed in walking three than giving up the home runs.
“I was missing by a little, trying to be too fine,” he said. “But I also battled back into counts. I labored a little bit at the end but you still have to find ways to get outs.”