Cincinnati at Seattle

    Seattle «0500001028--

    Mariners 8, Reds 6


    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was glad to pitch in an actual game, even if it was just an exhibition.

    The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner struck out four in three hitless innings during an 8-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

    The Mariners, who open the season on March 28 in Tokyo, have been in camp since Feb. 11, and Hernandez had thrown in an intrasquad game and a simulated contest before making his spring debut.

    "It was nice, about time," Hernandez said of facing another team. "First time I've been (against) the hitters, and I feel pretty good."

    Hernandez hit Kristopher Negron with the first pitch of the game, then retired the next nine batters.

    "I don't know what happened," Hernandez said about that shaky first pitch. "I tried to throw a back-door sinker. I think it sunk too much."

    Hernandez threw 26 of his 35 pitches for strikes. He had a wrap on a hamstring after his outing, but said he was fine.

    The 6-foot-3 right-hander said he will throw 65 pitches in his next start and probably 80 in the following outing to prepare for the season. He is expected to start on opening day against Oakland.

    Mat Latos, expected to serve as Cincinnati's No. 2 starter, allowed two hits in two scoreless innings in his spring debut. The Reds acquired the right-hander when they traded four players to San Diego in December.

    "Everything was coming out of my hand real good," Latos said. "The slider looked real good. The curveball had good bite to it. The fastball was real live. The changeup is in the back pocket. My arm felt great. The delivery, mechanics everything felt good."

    Latos went 9-14 with a 3.47 ERA last season. Following the trade, he said he thought he would have to prove himself. Now he is focused on preparing for the season.

    "I try not to think about the trade as much as possible," he said. "I just worry about taking care of what I can control."

    Seattle star Ichiro Suzuki went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to raise his spring average to .429. He is moving from his usual leadoff spot to the No. 3 spot this spring.

    "He's a hitter. He knows the game," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "I want him to define that three-hole spot. He will, and he is. The more he's there, the more accustomed he'll get to it."

    Denis Phipps, the Reds' 2011 minor league hitter of the year, hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

    The Mariners scored five runs in the third against Brett Tomko, who agreed to a minor league deal last month. Two of the runs were unearned.

    In the first inning, Reds left fielder Willie Harris lost a fly ball hit by Suzuki in the sun. The ball dropped in for a hit.

    "Some of our young guys played well," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "The weather, the sun and the wind were wreaking havoc. That's always the case here."

    NOTES: Mariners C Jesus Montero was sick but is expected back Wednesday. . Reds prospect Donald Lutz, who grew up in Germany, hit a solo home run in the eighth. ... Mariners C Adam Moore, who likely will begin the season in the minors, hit a two-run double off the center-field wall in the fifth. He is coming back after a leg injury limited him last season. .Cincinnati's Juan Francisco went 0 for 3 in his first spring at-bats. He had been out with a strained calf.

    Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
    CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
    Conversation powered by Livefyre

    Related Video

    September 15, 2015
    MLB Top 10: Second half performers (2:14)
    September 14, 2015
    Reds eliminated: Heyman on what's ahead
    September 11, 2015
    Joey Votto loses it at umpire; gets ejected
    September 4, 2015
    Inside Baseball with Jon Heyman: 9/4
    Cincinnati Reds
    Kris Negron, 2B1000010 .167
       a- Henry Rodriguez, PH-2B2110100 .600
    Willie Harris, LF1100110 .250
       b- Todd Frazier, PH-LF1000212 .250
    Daryl Jones, CF2000022 .250
       c- Denis Phipps, PH-CF3113013 .286
    Ryan Ludwick, DH2011001 .143
       d- Juan Francisco, PH-DH3000002 .000
    Chris Heisey, RF1000100 .125
        Donald Lutz, RF2111010 .600
    Miguel Cairo, 1B2000012 .286
        Neftali Soto, 1B2110010 .333
    Ryan Hanigan, C2000002 .167
        Dioner Navarro, C2000000 .143
    Wilson Valdez, 3B1100100 .333
       e- Chris Valaika, PH-3B2011000 .500
    Paul Janish, SS2000001 .125
       f- Didi Gregorius, PH-SS2000012 .200
    a-singled for Negron in the 5th
    b-struck out for Harris in the 5th
    c-homered for Jones in the 5th
    d-flied out for Ludwick in the 5th
    e-singled for Valdez in the 6th
    f-flied out for Janish in the 6th
    HR - Denis Phipps (1, Kuo), Donald Lutz (1, Luetge)
    RBI - Denis Phipps 3 (3), Ryan Ludwick (1), Donald Lutz (1), Chris Valaika (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Denis Phipps 3 (3), Chris Valaika (1)
    SB - Kris Negron (1, 2nd base off Hernandez/Moore), Willie Harris (1, 2nd base off Camp/Moore)
    Team LOB - 7
    Outfield Assists - Chris Heisey 1, Denis Phipps 1
    DP - Phipps-Soto
    E - Daryl Jones (1, Dropped fly)
    Cincinnati Reds
    Mat Latos 2200100 0.00
    Brett Tomko (L,0-1) 1353110 27.00
    Nick Christiani 1111120 9.00
    Andrew Brackman 2222220 9.00
    Clay Zavada 1100110 0.00
    Donnie Joseph 1000020 0.00
    HBP - Moore (by Nick Christiani)
    Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 31-16, Brett Tomko 33-20, Nick Christiani 23-14, Andrew Brackman 38-22, Clay Zavada 16-9, Donnie Joseph 11-9
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 2-3, Nick Christiani 1-0, Clay Zavada 1-0, Donnie Joseph 1-0
    Batters Faced - Mat Latos 8, Brett Tomko 8, Nick Christiani 6, Andrew Brackman 9, Clay Zavada 4, Donnie Joseph 3
    Seattle Mariners
    Chone Figgins, SS2100201 .000
        Carlos Triunfel, SS1000010 .000
    Munenori Kawasaki, 2B2110101 .333
        Stefen Romero, 2B2010000 .500
    Ichiro Suzuki, RF3132000 .429
        Darren Ford, RF1000011 .333
    Justin Smoak, 1B2111012 .500
        Jharmidy De Jesus, 1B1000001 .000
    Mike Carp, LF2001012 .167
        Carlos Peguero, LF1000010 .364
    Casper Wells, CF2001100 .222
    Alex Liddi, 3B2100110 .167
        Francisco Martinez, 3B1010000 .600
    Johermyn Chavez, DH3100111 .333
    Adam Moore, C2222000 .667
        Guillermo Quiroz, C1000010 .000
    2B - Adam Moore (1, Brackman)
    3B - Francisco Martinez (1, Zavada)
    SF - Justin Smoak (1), Mike Carp (1), Casper Wells (1)
    RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (2), Justin Smoak (3), Mike Carp (1), Casper Wells (2), Adam Moore 2 (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (1), Adam Moore 2 (2)
    SB - Alex Liddi (1, 2nd base off Brackman/Navarro)
    CS - Casper Wells (1, 2nd base by Zavada/Navarro)
    Team LOB - 6
    DP - Romero-Triunfel-De Jesus
    E - Francisco Martinez (2, Misplayed grounder)
    Seattle Mariners
    Felix Hernandez (W,1-0) 3000040 0.00
    Shawn Camp (H,1) 1111210 4.50
    Hong-Chih Kuo (H,1) 1233111 18.00
    Chance Ruffin (H,2) 1211010 4.50
    Aaron Heilman (H,1) 1000110 4.50
    Lucas Luetge (H,1) 1111021 9.00
    Philippe Valiquette (S,1) 1000200 0.00
    HBP - Negron (by Felix Hernandez)
    WP - Philippe Valiquette (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 35-26, Shawn Camp 31-16, Hong-Chih Kuo 29-17, Chance Ruffin 11-10, Aaron Heilman 16-9, Lucas Luetge 15-10, Philippe Valiquette 13-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 2-3, Shawn Camp 1-1, Chance Ruffin 1-1, Aaron Heilman 2-0, Lucas Luetge 2-0, Philippe Valiquette 1-1
    Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 10, Shawn Camp 6, Hong-Chih Kuo 6, Chance Ruffin 5, Aaron Heilman 4, Lucas Luetge 5, Philippe Valiquette 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4093
    Game Time - 3:03
    Temperature - 75
    Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Tyler Funneman