Sunday, July 7, 2013
CINCINNATI (AP) — 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 reserve.
"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 goals."
Closer Aroldis Chapman also was chosen for the second straight year.
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 here for."
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 sacrifice fly.
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 majors.
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.