Gutierrez homers, Mariners beat Reds 4-0 with Junior honored
CINCINNATI (AP) Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run homer that landed high in the upper deck on Saturday, and Felix Hernandez allowed only four singles in six innings, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on a day when they honored their shared star.
The Reds gave away Ken Griffey Jr. bobbleheads depicting him in both uniforms, and they played a message from him on the videoboard. Junior became a star in Seattle and was later traded to his hometown team. The Reds had him in mind when they designed Great American Ball Park with a short distance in right field.
Gutierrez sent his decisive homer 473 feet the other way in the fourth inning off John Lamb (0-2). Leonys Martin also had a solo shot off the left-hander.
Hernandez (4-3) walked three, struck out five and twice retired Joey Votto with the bases loaded for the final out of an inning.