PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Don't tell Arthur Rhodes it was a meaningless exhibition game.
Seattle's 38-year-old left-hander pitched a perfect inning in his first outing since last March as the Mariners beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 today in Peoria, Arizona.
The former Oakland closer had ligament replacement surgery on his pitching elbow last May.
He walked off the field to a rousing ovation from the crowd and his teammates after appearing in a game six weeks ahead of doctors' estimates. Rhodes stood in the grass in front of Seattle's dugout and responded with a pronounced bow and both arms extended above his head.
Seattle scored once in the seventh and four times in the eighth off Chris Capuano, who also took a drive by Rob Johnson off the lower part of his left leg two batters before leaving in the eighth.
Capuano is in a competition with Carlos Villanueva and others for three open spots on the Brewers' pitching staff. He allowed six hits and five unearned runs in 3 2-3 innings.
Villanueva allowed just two hits and walked one in four scoreless innings. He struck out Richie Sexson with Adrian Beltre at second base in the first.
The Brewers played without left fielder Ryan Braun. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year was a late scratch because his right Achilles' tendon tightened after he arrived for practice this morning.