Hunter Pence waves to fans as he walks toward the field for a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Both big-name starters struggle in Giants-Mariners tilt

PEORIA, Ariz. — Leonys Martin and Luis Sardinas homered in Seattle’s 6-run third inning against San Francisco starter Jeff Samardzija, and the Mariners rallied for a 9-6 win over the Giants on Wednesday.

Samardzija entered the bottom of the third with a 5-0 lead but saw 10 Mariners come up to bat against him. He gave up a spring-high seven runs and eight hits, including three home runs.

Samardzija struck out three and walked one in four innings. He gave up Shawn O’Malley’s solo shot to lead off the fourth.

“We’re all competitors out there and you want to do what you can, but again, spring training’s a learning process and you’re trying to improve on what you feel you need to improve on and get outs,” Samardzija said.

Robinson Cano tripled, doubled and scored and Chris Iannetta had two hits and two RBIs for Seattle. Angel Pagan tripled, doubled, scored and drove in three runs for the Giants. Hunter Pence, Brandon Crawford and Trevor Brown added two hits each, and Brown also had three RBIs.

Bochy said Samardzija got out of sync with his delivery after two strong innings. “He’s going to learn from that,” Bochy said. Samardzija had hoped to go five innings.

Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma allowed five runs and seven hits in 2⁄ innings.

“To be honest, I thought some of the pitches were in the zone and the umpire was a little tight today, but you know, that’s part of the game,” Iwakuma said through a translator. “We’ll see that during the season as well. I fell behind in a lot of the counts. That’s what kind of cost me.”

Span took a tumble trying to catch Cano’s triple in the third and had his right shoulder wrapped in ice in the team’s clubhouse. The injury forced Bochy to remove Span from the game. “Jammed it a little bit so we’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Span said. “Came down on it pretty good.”

Reliever Sergio Romo retired the side in order with a strikeout in his first outing of the spring. He was brought along slowly to keep his throwing elbow from getting sore. Two days after being hit in the head with a line drive, Johnny Cueto was taking part in drills. Bochy said that, for now, he sees no problem with Cueto making his next start. “With that said, we’re still going to keep an eye on him,” Bochy said.

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