Bees delay Mariners game, Cano steals show with 3 home runs

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Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners hits an infield single during the first inning of their game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 30, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)


Mesa, AZ –  Robinson Cano had three home runs and seven RBIs to help the Seattle Mariners outlast the Chicago Cubs 12-9 Sunday in a game that was delayed for several minutes by a swarm of bees in center field.

Cano had a two-run and a three-run homer off Cubs starter Jason Hammel, who allowed nine runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Cano added a two-run shot off Trevor Cahill in the eighth and finished 4 for 4.

The Cubs hit three homers against Mariners‘ starter James Paxton.

Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward climbed the fence in center — to avoid a swarm of bees.

Heyward kept swatting them, then jogged to several spots in the outfield trying to avoid the insects. The three-time Gold Glove winner even scaled the wall, hoping to get away.

At the end of the inning, Cubs relievers abandoned their bullpen in left field and joined the Seattle pitchers in the right-field bullpen to steer clear.

Chicago’s Matt Szczur hit a solo homer in the ninth.

Seattle’s Seth Smith made it 9-7 with a two-run double in the fifth.