The Mariners roughed up Cubs left-hander Jon Lester for six runs, and Kyle Schwarber exited the game early with a sore left knee, as Seattle came away a 10-8 winner on Thursday in the Cactus League.
Making his spring debut, Lester allowed six runs — three of them earned — and seven hits over two innings while striking out three. The Cubs defense didn't help Lester's cause by collecting three second-inning errors, but Lester was also touched up for three doubles on the afternoon.
Starting in left field, Schwarber exited the game for the Cubs in the third inning after twisting his left knee on a throw to the plate in the second inning. After staying in the game and taking his at-bat in the top of the third, which was popped up to second for an out, Schwarber didn't feel right and opted to leave the game for precautionary reasons.
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According to a report from Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Schwarber will be re-evaluated on Friday and the injury is not expected to be serious.
"I don't think it'll be significant," Schwarber said to reporters after the game. "Hopefully a couple days and I'll be back out there again."
Jorge Soler, Kristopher Negron and Javier Baez all hit home runs to lead the Cubs' offense. Soler hit his first homer of the spring to lead off the second inning, while Negron hit a solo homer in the fifth and Baez collected a two-run shot in the seventh. Starting in center field, Baez was the only Cub with multiple hits on the afternoon, as he went 2-for-4.
The loss drops the Cubs to 1-8 in the Cactus League this spring as they've lost seven consecutive games.