Reds 13, Mariners 4
Three players made the All-Star team. A seldom-used player drove
in three runs. All in all, a pretty good day for the Reds.
Cesar Izturis drove in three runs, matching his season total,
and Mat Latos doubled home two more on Saturday, rallying
Cincinnati to a 13-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
It was Cincinnati’s second victory over Seattle in interleague
play. The Mariners are 9-2 overall in the series.
”It was one of those days,” Izturis said.
The day will be remembered more for what happened just before
the game began. The Reds learned that first baseman Joey Votto had
been voted by fans as an All-Star starter for the second straight
year, the first time that’s happened to a Cincinnati player since
Barry Larkin in 1999-2000.
Joining him in the starting infield is Brandon Phillips, the
first time a Reds second baseman has been voted to start since Joe
Morgan in the 1970s. They became only the fifth set of teammates to
start an All-Star game at first and second base.
”It’s a real honor,” Votto said. ”This year it will be
special because I’m playing beside Brandon.
”Everything is finite. There will be an end to my career. I
want to enjoy as many of these experiences as I can.”
Phillips played in the All-Star games in 2010 and 2011 as a
”I want to thank the fans for voting for me,” Phillips said.
”It’s a dream come true. It’s something that I can check off my
Closer Aroldis Chapman also was chosen for the second straight
The Reds overcame another early deficit to get their second win
over Seattle. Manager Dusty Baker decided to give Izturis his ninth
start at shortstop so he could get some at-bats and stay sharp.
Izturis singled home a run in the second and doubled home two more
in the fifth off Jeremy Bonderman (1-3).
Baker had told Izturis on Friday that he’d be in the starting
lineup for the second game of the series.
”Dusty’s always good about letting you know,” Izturis said.
”And that’s good, especially when you don’t play every day. It’s
definitely all mental. It’s not that easy, but we know what we’re
The Reds scored more runs than in any game since a 13-7 win over
Milwaukee on May 11. It was the second-most runs allowed by the
Mariners, trailing a 16-9 loss to Houston on April 9.
Latos (8-2) matched his season high with four walks in six
innings, but also doubled his RBI total by driving in a pair of
runs with a double. He allowed six hits and fanned 11 while
throwing 111 pitches.
Kyle Seager drove in three runs off Latos with a homer and a
Bonderman was coming off his shortest start since 2007, going
only 3 1-3 innings during a 7-6 loss to the White Sox on June 30.
He lasted longer, but didn’t fare much better. The right-hander
went five innings, allowing seven hits, five walks and six runs.
Five of them scored with two outs.
For the second day in a row, the Mariners got a two-run homer in
the first inning to jump-start the offense. Nick Franklin had a
two-run shot off Mike Leake during a 4-2 win on Friday night.
Endy Chavez singled and Seager followed with his 13th homer.
Seattle has 21 homers in the first inning this season, most in the
Latos helped the Reds pull ahead to stay with two outs in the
fourth. He doubled home two runs and scored from second on Shin-Soo
Choo’s single for a 4-3 lead, sprinting around third to beat the
throw from center fielder Dustin Ackley.
”That was a good time to get a hit,” Latos said. ”The offense
picked me up. Thirteen runs is always good, especially when I put
us in 2-0 hole.”
Izturis doubled home two more in the fifth, and Jay Bruce added
a two-run double during a three-run sixth that put it away.
NOTES: Rocker Alice Cooper chatted with Reds GM Walt Jocketty
and pitcher Bronson Arroyo – whose hobby is music – before throwing
a ceremonial pitch to Arroyo. … Mariners OF Raul Ibanez, who has
an 11-game hitting streak, was out of the lineup. He’s 0 for 11
career against Latos, his worst numbers against any pitcher. …
Franklin was out of the starting lineup after fouling a pitch off
his right knee on Friday night. He pinch-hit and struck out. …
The Mariners traded INF Alex Liddi to the Orioles and exchanged
signing slots for international players as part of the deal. …
Reds OF Xavier Paul had a sore right shoulder after running into
the wall in foul territory on Friday night.
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