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Preview: Mariners at Reds

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The Cincinnati Reds matched their second-best run total of the season in the second game of the series and strive to keep the bats productive when they close a three-game set against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Cincinnati posted a 13-4 victory Saturday – two runs shy of its best output – in a solid bounce-back outing from Friday’s loss. Seattle gave up its second-most runs of the campaign, trailing the 16 allowed to the Houston Astros on April 9.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager had a homer and three RBIs Saturday and is 12-for-23 with three homers and seven RBIs during a six-game hitting streak. Reds outfielder Jay Bruce scored four times and had three RBIs and infielder Cesar Izturis also had three RBIs. Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips were named National League starters for the All-Star Game and reliever Aroldis Chapman also made the squad, while Seattle pitchers Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma made the American League roster.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, ROOT (Seattle), Fox Sports Ohio (Cincinnati)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners LH Joe Saunders (6-8, 4.74 ERA) vs. RH Reds Bronson Arroyo (7-6, 3.50)

Saunders is 3-3 over his last seven starts despite allowing one earned run in five of the outings. He has struggled on the road, going 2-5 with a 5.81 ERA in nine starts. Saunders is 0-2 with a 6.04 ERA in four career starts against Cincinnati.

Arroyo ended a four-start winless string by holding San Francisco to one run and two hits in six innings in his last turn. He has excelled at home this season with a 6-1 mark and 2.42 ERA in 11 outings. Arroyo is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) against Seattle.

WALK-OFFS

1. Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo had two hits Saturday and is 7-for-16 over his last four games.

2. Seattle batters struck out a combined 14 times Saturday with 1B Kendrys Morales and OF Michael Saunders going a combined 0-for-10 with five strikeouts.

3. Votto went hitless in three at-bats Saturday to snap a seven-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Reds 6, Mariners 4

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