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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Russell Branyan's first home run of the spring wasn't even his most impressive hit.
That came on the Seattle first baseman's double off the 30-foot high wall that stands atop a 12-foot high wall in center field, which drove in two runs during the Mariners' 11-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
The ball easily soared over the smaller wall in center and just missed clearing the attached wall, hitting 3 feet from the top before caroming back into the field.
The deep shot drove in Franklin Gutierrez and Ken Griffey Jr., who singled and scored twice for the Mariners. Wladimir Balentien added a three-run shot for Seattle.
Mark Reynolds, Justin Upton and Tony Clark had two hits apiece for Arizona.