Giants 5, Mariners 5
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ John Burkett became the first San Francisco pitcher to work seven innings this spring, scattering six hits and guiding the Giants to a 6-5 exhibition victory over the Seattle Mariners Friday.
The Giants opening day starter was shaky early, surrendering a first inning home run to Ken Griffey Jr. and trailing 2-0 after two innings. Burkett (4-0) shut out out the Mariners on three hits over the next five innings.
Seattle starter John Cummings, who entered with a springtime ERA of 0.90, held the Giants hitless through three innings. But in the fourth, the Giants sent 11 batters to the plate and scored all six of their runs.
Cummings walked three in the inning, which featured two-run singles by J.R. Phillips and Burkett.
Seattle rallied to within 6-5 off Giants rookie Tony Menendez. But Mike Jackson came out of the bullpen to retire the final four Seattle batters and earn his second save.
The win improved the Giants spring record to 15-7.