TUCSON, Ariz - Right-hander Felix Hernandez pitched five scoreless innings and first baseman Richie Sexson connected for his first home run of the Cactus League season, but the Seattle Mariners were 4-1 losers to the defending National League champion Colorado Rockies today at Tucson, Ariz.
The Mariners had only four hits, two by new starting right fielder Brad Wilkerson, who went 2-for-3. Adrian Beltre doubled for Seattle.
Sexson staked Hernandez to a 1-0 lead with his homer in the second inning, but the Rockies came back to win the exhibition with two runs off reliever Brodie Downs in the seventh, with two more in the eighth.
Hernandez faced 16 batters, one over the minimum, in his five innings, allowing three hits, but getting two groundball double plays. He struck out three.
The loss dropped the Mariners' spring training record to 5-7.
The Mariners continue exhibition play in Arizona at 1:05 tomorrow afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers at Peoria, Ariz. Right-hander Carlos Silva, with an 0-1 record and 10.13 ERA this spring, will start for Seattle.