Mariners get mixed results from arms vs. Reds

Happ allows two runs, Rodney, Medina toss scoreless innings

Mariners get mixed results from arms vs. Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Donald Lutz, Jay Bruce and Kyle Waldrop each hit home runs to help lead the Reds to a 10-1 victory over the Mariners on Sunday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Trying to land one of the Reds' two open rotation spots, Jason Marquis fared well with three perfect innings and three strikeouts. Marquis worked quickly and threw additional pitches in the bullpen.

"I thought it went really well," said Marquis, who has five scoreless innings in his two spring starts. "I thought it was a big improvement over the first game just in terms of I was pounding the bottom of the strike zone with my sinker. I would have liked to have thrown from the stretch but I'm competing for a spot, so it's nice to put up zeroes and go from there."

Cincinnati took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Lutz hit a drive to right field for a two-run home run off of J.A. Happ. In his debut for the Mariners after being acquired from Toronto in December, Happ pitched two innings and allowed two earned runs, two hits and one walk with one strikeout.

Happ said he felt good physically but was a little up in the strike zone in his first outing of the spring, especially with his cutter. That was the pitch Lutz hammered for his homer.

"That was a cutter that didn't cut," Happ said. "It looked a lot like a BP fastball. He liked it."

Fernando Rodney replaced Happ and pitched a scoreless third inning with one walk and one strikeout.

Seattle got a run back in the top of the fourth against reliever Manny Parra. After James Jones hit an infield single off of Parra's leg and stole second base, Austin Jackson hit an RBI double to right-center field.

Leading off the fourth, Bruce hit the first pitch from Danny Farquhar for a long homer to center field, just left of the batter's eye, to make it a two-run game. In the Reds' sixth against Charlie Furbush, Felix Perez hit an RBI double off the wall in left-center field that scored Irving Falu.

The Reds scored six runs in the eighth inning off Joe Saunders, with the scoring capped by Waldrop's two-run homer.

"One thing I know with veterans, it takes them a little longer in the spring," Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon said after Saunders gave up the cycle among the five hits he allowed. "I'm not going to be quick to judge. It was not a good outing, obviously. But he'll get back out there."

Up next for Mariners: Young right-hander Taijuan Walker makes his second Cactus League start when Seattle hosts the Indians in a 1:05 p.m. PT game at Peoria Stadium. The 22-year-old threw two scoreless innings in his debut last week against the Padres and is looking for a strong spring as he competes for a spot in the back end of the rotation. The game will be televised live on ROOT Sports and MLB.TV.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.