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MLB: Seattle 3, Cincinnati 1

July 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM   |   Comments

CINCINNATI, July 7 (UPI) -- Joe Saunders hurled seven innings of one-run ball Sunday and Seattle backed him with two homers in its 3-1 interleague win over Cincinnati.

Saunders (7-8) yielded six hits, didn't issue a walk and struck out two in an efficient, 101-pitch performance.

Charlie Furbush tossed a scoreless eighth and Tom Wilhemlsen finished up with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save as the Mariners claimed the rubber match of a three-game interleague set.

Nick Franklin socked a solo homer in the first, putting the M's ahead to stay, and Justin Smoak added a two-run shot in the third.

Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (7-7) was tagged with the loss, surrendering three runs on five hits over six innings.

Chris Heisey went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the third-place Reds, who came into the day trailing National League Central-leading Pittsburgh by 3 1/2 games.

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