In Little League, the Mercy Rule would have ended the game sooner. Mother Nature stepped in to stop the bleeding and embarrassment for the Seattle Mariners as they were lambasted 12-1 by the Chicago Cubs at the Friendly Confines in Wrigley Field after completing just six and a half innings.

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The M's, however, would not be let off the hook that easily. After a substantial rain delay, the game resumed with each team scoring a run.

In their first trip to the north side since 2007, Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma could only make it through three innings while allowing five earned runs including a two-run round-tripper to Jason Heyward.

The Seattle relief corps only added gasoline to the fire with Nathan Karn getting touched for another five earnies in just a pair of innings of labor.

Game two of the three-game interleague tilt is set for tomorrow morning with first pitch at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.