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Griffey sinks Reds with walk-off slam

Griffey sinks Reds with walk-off slam

MARINERS 6, REDS 5
at Peoria, Ariz.
Friday, March 26

Mariners at the plate: Ken Griffey Jr. hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth, Jack Wilson singled, walked and scored a run and Eric Byrnes went 2-for-3 to raise his batting average over the .300 mark. Josh Bard contributed a run-scoring single.

Reds at the plate: The designated-hitter role worked out well for Joey Votto, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. It was his second homer of the spring. Drew Stubbs doubled, stole third and scored the game's first run.

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Mariners on the mound: Left-hander Luke French, competing for a job on the staff as a spot-starter/long reliever, settled down after a somewhat shaky first inning that started with a wind-blown double to right field. After surrendering two runs in the first, French retired 10 of the last 12 batters he faced. Sinker specialist Sean White issued a two-out walk and two-out walk and two-strike home run in his two-thirds of an inning outing. Right-hander David Pauley continued to impress, retiring all 10 batters he faced.

Reds on the mound: Former Arizona State pitcher Mike Leake made his first start of the spring a good one, holding the Mariners to one run over four innings. Leake is familiar with Peoria Stadium, having made his pro debut with the Peoria Saguaros in 2009. Travis Wood pitched himself into trouble with two walks, but left the bases loaded by inducing Griffey to hit a grounder to first base.

Cactus League records: Mariners, 9-13-1, Reds, 9-11-2

Worth noting: A brisk wind from the west made things interesting for the six-member Navy Seals parachute team, which dropped in prior to the game. One of them nailed the target located behind second base and the five others touched down on the outfield grass.

What's next: With a camp roster in the 30s for the first time, the Mariners pay a visit nearby Glendale for a 1:05 p.m. PT game against the Dodgers, the only Cactus League meeting between the clubs. Right-hander Ian Snell, the projected starter in the third game of the regular season, gets the nod for the Mariners. Closer David Aardsma also is slated to pitch.

Twenty-three games into their first Cactus League schedule, the Reds finally get their first look at the Padres on Saturday, when they return to Peoria to meet the Mariners' neighbors at 1:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander Micah Owings draws the start in his first exhibition appearance since no-hitting the Rockies for three innings on Mar. 17. Owings threw a bullpen session in between. Mike Lincoln is among the pitchers scheduled to pick up Owings. Also, Johnny Cueto is set to start in a Minor League game.

Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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