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Friday, March 28 Mariners at the plate: Jose Lopez and Adrian Beltre drove home three runs in the first inning on a pair of homers. Lopez blasted a solo shot over the 20-foot fence in center field, and Beltre's two-run shot sailed beyond the trees in right field. Raul Ibanez added a line-drive, two-run shot barely missing an inflated cow atop the right-field fence. Right fielder Mike Morse hit a fourth Mariners homer in the sixth, a towering shot past the palms in left field. Kenji Johjima and pinch-hitter Brad Wilkerson offered back-to-back jacks in the eighth, with Johjima going deep to left for a three-run blast and Wilkerson's shot going to right. Lopez, Ibanez and Morse all had multihit games. Cubs at the plate: Felix Pie got the Cubs' first hit with one out in third, a screaming double down the first-base line that eluded Richie Sexon's glove. Alfonso Soriano got the Cubs on the scoreboard with a leadoff homer over the right-field cow. Starting pitcher Ted Lilly had the Cubs' only other hit through the first six innings, a single to right in the third. Kosuke Fukodome added a spark in the seventh, doubling down the right-field line with two outs, advancing on a wild pitch and scoring on an infield single from Jason Marquis.
Up next for Cubs: Ryan Dempster toes the rubber for the final spring start for the Cubs before the club returns to wintry Chicago to open the season. Manager Lou Piniella expects to use all of his bullpen over the two days in Las Vegas. After "hosting" the Mariners at Cashman Field Friday, the Cubs will be the visiting team for the 2:05 p.m. CT spring finale.
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.