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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Homer Bailey thought the numbers looked a lot worse than he pitched.

Jesus Montero hit a grand slam, Michael Saunders homered among his three hits and the Seattle Mariners hammered Bailey in a 16-0 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Saunders connected off Bailey, and Justin Smoak added two hits off the right-hander, driving in three runs. Montero's slam came off Wilken De La Rosa, one of two non-roster pitchers left in Reds camp.

Bailey was scheduled to pitch five innings but lasted only 3 1-3, allowing nine runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out five.

"It was their day, not mine," Bailey said.

The Reds let two fly balls drop while Bailey was on the mound and committed an error.

"I don't think it was as bad as the line looks," Bailey said. "They hit that one home run but other than that, there were a lot of ground balls that went through, dropped balls. I made some good pitches and struck a few guys out, but it seemed like every time they put it in play there was a runner on.

"I think the catcher (Montero) hit a couple of them up the middle, some broken-bat hits. It's kind of frustrating sometimes."

Saunders also doubled, singled and scored three times from the leadoff spot. He was named to the all-WBC team as a member of Team Canada.

Montero was 3 for 3 and is hitting .405 with 10 RBIs this spring, including six on Monday.

Brandon Maurer continued to impress the Mariners. He gave up six hits and a walk in five innings, striking out seven. The 22-year-old is making a strong case to earn a spot in Seattle's starting rotation.

Selected by the Mariners in the 23rd round of the 2008 draft, Maurer is testing manager Eric Wedge's resolve to keep the competition going.

"We are trying to go all the way through. Part of my discipline is keeping my mind open to the very end," Wedge said. "The very end is approaching quickly here. We'll see how the next couple days play out, but it's safe to say we are close to making a decision."

Maurer made his case on the mound.

"I can't think about competing for the spot," Maurer said. "I just have to concentrate on going out there and getting ready for the next start. Those guys can hit. It was good to go out there and get a couple of them out."

Maurer used his changeup and curve, two pitches that needed work coming into camp.

"It was nice to go out and have a little confidence in them," he said.

The outing lowered Maurer's spring ERA to 0.90. He has allowed two earned runs in 20 innings. He also pitched out of a bases-loaded jam on Monday.

"Maurer threw the ball very well against a good group of hitters," Wedge said. "Pitching out of that situation isn't something we haven't seen. It reaffirms what we've seen. For him to pitch the way he pitched and have the time he sat on the bench today and still be effective was very impressive."

Jack Hannahan and Zack Cozart doubled, and Brandon Phillips tripled among the Reds' seven scattered hits.

"We looked kind of pitiful," manager Dusty Baker said. "We didn't catch. We didn't hit. Nothing. Homer didn't throw the ball that bad. They got some two-out hits. We didn't help him on defense."

NOTES: Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo threw some pitches to test his right hand. Arroyo was hit on his pitching hand by David Murphy's comebacker Sunday against Texas. X-rays were negative. Arroyo is expected to make his final spring start on Friday. ... INF Jason Donald will get some at-bats in minor league camp. He is out with a sore knee. Donald is one of three players competing for the Reds' final utility role. ... The Mariners placed RHP Josh Kinney on the 60-day disabled list, then added Kameron Loe to the 40-man roster. ... Saunders' homer was his third of the spring. Montero has two grand slams this spring.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

Z. Cozart
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Seattle

J. Montero
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 6
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Saunders, CF4332000 .241
    Endy Chavez, CF1100100 .206
Robert Andino, 3B6221022 .283
Raul Ibanez, DH5110024 .348
   a- Abraham Almonte, PH-DH1000011 .000
Justin Smoak, 1B2323200 .431
    Brad Miller, 2B1000100 .244
Kyle Seager, 2B-1B5210114 .264
Jesus Montero, C3136100 .405
   b- Jesus Sucre, PH-C1000010 .143
Jason Bay, RF5121012 .319
Casper Wells, LF3112121 .196
Brendan Ryan, SS4110004 .263
    Chris Taylor, SS1000010 .400
Totals42161615711  
a-struck out for Ibanez in the 9th
b-struck out for Montero in the 7th
Batting
2B - Michael Saunders (3, Bailey), Robert Andino (3, Whelan), Raul Ibanez (5, De La Rosa), Justin Smoak (8, Bailey), Jason Bay (3, De La Rosa)
HR - Michael Saunders (3, Bailey), Jesus Montero (2, De La Rosa)
SF - Casper Wells (2)
RBI - Michael Saunders 2 (9), Robert Andino (2), Justin Smoak 3 (14), Jesus Montero 6 (10), Jason Bay (6), Casper Wells 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Smoak (7), Jesus Montero 5 (6), Casper Wells (7)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Casper Wells 1
DP - Ryan-Smoak, Seager-Taylor-Pryor
E - Justin Smoak (1, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Maurer (W,3-1) 5600170 0.90
Oliver Perez (H,3) 1000010 2.45
Carter Capps (H,6) 1100010 1.13
Lucas Luetge (H,6) 1000010 4.00
Stephen Pryor 1100100 2.00
WP - Brandon Maurer (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Maurer 3-4, Oliver Perez 1-1, Carter Capps 1-1, Lucas Luetge 2-0, Stephen Pryor 2-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Maurer 21, Oliver Perez 3, Carter Capps 4, Lucas Luetge 3, Stephen Pryor 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF2010110 .333
    Denis Phipps, CF1000011 .243
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010013 .250
Joey Votto, 1B4000022 .326
Ryan Ludwick, LF4010013 .184
Xavier Paul, RF4010021 .262
Jack Hannahan, 3B4010001 .231
Zack Cozart, SS3020111 .313
Devin Mesoraco, C4000013 .361
   a- Emmanuel Burriss, PH1000001 .229
Totals33080210  
a-popped out for Freeman in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jack Hannahan (2, Maurer), Zack Cozart (6, Capps)
3B - Brandon Phillips (1, Maurer)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Denis Phipps 1
DP - Phipps-B. Phillips
E - Xavier Paul (2, Dropped fly)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (L,1-1) 3.1998251 8.64
Wilkin De La Rosa 1.1565311 9.31
Manny Parra 1.1100000 4.05
Justin Freeman 1000020 0.00
J.J. Hoover 1000020 2.00
Kevin Whelan 1111210 9.00
WP - Homer Bailey 2 (3)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 4-2, Manny Parra 3-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 22, Wilkin De La Rosa 12, Manny Parra 5, Justin Freeman 3, J.J. Hoover 3, Kevin Whelan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 5012
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Hal Gibson