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Big 5th inning leads Mariners to sweep of Reds

May 22, 2016

CINCINNATI -- A three-run fifth-inning rally lifted the Mariners to a 5-4 win and a series sweep of the Reds in Sunday's finale at Great American Ball Park.The Reds opened the game with a three-run first inning off of Mariners' starter Wade Miley. Zack Cozart led things off with a

CINCINNATI -- A three-run fifth-inning rally lifted the Mariners to a 5-4 win and a series sweep of the Reds in Sunday's finale at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds opened the game with a three-run first inning off of Mariners' starter Wade Miley. Zack Cozart led things off with a double, and he came around to score on a two-run double from Brandon Phillips after Billy Hamilton was hit by a pitch and Joey Votto singled to load the bases. Jay Bruce delivered the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly.
• Duvall unloads 457-foot HR in fourth inning

After the rocky first, Miley settled down, allowing just one more run -- on an Adam Duvall home run -- and five hits over his last five innings. Miley finished the day after six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts.
"I just never got a feel, and I was having a hard time executing pitches," said Miley, who got the win to improve to 5-2. "I was just trying to keep us close and was able to do that, fortunately. With our offense, it's pretty good odds in our favor if you can hold a team."
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The Mariners got to Reds starter Alfredo Simon in the third after a leadoff single from Miley sparked a three-hit, two-run rally. Seattle took the lead in the fifth, which was started by center fielder Leonys Martin's bunt single and Norichika Aoki's base hit. After a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly, Kyle Seager delivered an RBI single two at-bats later, and catcher Steve Clevenger knocked in the go-ahead run with a single after Adam Lind was intentionally walked. All five Mariners runs were credited to Simon.
The loss extends the Reds' losing streak to seven games, their longest of the season, and gives the Mariners, who completed their six-game road trip with a 5-1 record, a fourth consecutive win.
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In a groove: Martin continued what has been the best start to a season in his career by collecting four hits in five plate appearances, including two bunt singles, and scoring once out of the leadoff spot. Sunday's win was Martin's eighth multi-hit game of the season. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 17 games and reached base in 16 of those 17 games.His first bunt single was initially ruled an out but replay review overturned the call and led to a three-run inning.
"I knew I was safe. You can feel when you hit the base and see the ball in the glove. I knew I was safe," Martin said.

Duvall's big day: Duvall came up big for the Reds, delivering their fourth run on a solo home run that traveled 457 feet, the longest home run for a Reds player this season. The left fielder also saved a run in the fifth when he threw Seager out at the plate to record the second out of the inning.
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Making them pay: Simon didn't intentionally walk Nelson Cruz in the fifth inning, but he was very careful not to let Cruz hurt him, either, with the Reds holding a 4-3 lead and Aoki on first base. Cruz worked a walk to bring up Seager, who was hitless in his six previous at-bats going back to Saturday. Seager delivered an opposite-field single to drive in Aoki and tie the game, 4-4, as part of the Mariners' decisive three-run inning.
Consecutive scoreless outings: The Reds' bullpen held the Mariners scoreless in its four innings of relief on Sunday, giving it the first consecutive outings without allowing a run since it did so in the first three games of the season.
"It's nice to see [Blake Wood] come back and give us two really good innings," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Woody did a good job there. Dayan [Diaz] was terrific, and that stuff was good to see."
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"The bottom line is here at this level, what we're finding with a lot of our young players is they have to learn the fight portion of this as far as staying in the battle. I think [Eugenio Suarez is] going to be a terrific player, I think he's already a solid player, but I think he's going to be a really, really good player." -- Price, on Suarez's four-strikeout game
"It's not like somebody's going to hit a homer to get us going. Just a number of good at-bats. Somebody gets a walk, somebody gets a hit, a sac fly. It's what it takes. Nobody puts too much pressure on themselves or expects to do it every day. Everybody just goes out and does their jobs." -- Mariners' manager Scott Servais, on his team's 11 comeback wins this season

On the second pitch of shortstop Shawn O'Malley's second-inning at-bat, Simon dropped an eephus pitch in for a strike. The pitch traveled 54.9 miles per hour, the second slowest non-intentional-walk pitch thrown this season according to Statcast™ after a 46 mile-per-hour pitch from Clayton Kershaw on April 21 against the Braves. Later in the game, Simon intentionally walked Adam Lind after starting the at-bat with two balls. His two intentional walk pitches were both thrown harder than his eephus to O'Malley.
In the sixth inning, Reds' third baseman Eugenio Suarez struck out looking on a pitch that he thought was ball four. The strikeout was his third of the game, giving him three straight games with three strikeouts. The last Reds player to do that was Felipe Lopez in 2003. Suarez ended up striking out in all four plate appearances, giving him nine strikeouts in his last 10 plate appearances and 11 in his last 15.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Reds' Hamilton appeared to foul an 0-2 pitch off the knob of his bat, also hitting his hand. On the field, it was ruled that the ball struck the knob of the bat before hitting Hamilton's hand, but Reds manager Bryan Price challenged the call and it was overturned, awarding Hamilton first base on the hit by pitch.
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Then in the top of the fifth inning, Martin laid down a drag bunt along the first-base line. Simon fielded it and threw to first. The call on the field was that Simon's throw beat Martin to the base, but Seattle challenged the call and the umpires overturned it, ruling that Martin beat the throw and was safe at first.
Mariners: Seattle heads home to Safeco Field for the start of an eight-game homestand, starting with three against the A's on Monday at 7:10 p.m. PT. Right-hander Taijuan Walker has allowed five home runs in his last three starts, twice taking the loss. He hasn't lasted longer than 5 2/3 innings since completing seven innings in a no-decision against Houston on April 25.
Reds: The Reds kick off a 10-game road trip against the Dodgers on Monday, sending struggling lefty Brandon Finnegan, who has a 5.52 ERA over his last three starts, to the mound against Kershaw to try to end a seven-game losing streak. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 ET.
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Cody Pace is an reporter for based in Cincinnati.

Kevin Goheen is a contributor for based in Cincinnati and covered the Mariners on Sunday.