More often than not, Jack Hannahan and Cesar Izturis watch most of the Reds’ games from the dugout, hoping to help out the team when called upon. As reserves, their role is to pinch-hit, maybe come in late for defensive help and come through when they are asked to start.

Saturday was the Reds’ 87th game of the season and just the 14th start for Hannahan and the 16th for Izturis.

The two combined to go 5-for-8 and drive in five runs in the Reds’ 13-4 victory over the Mariners in front of 34,965 at Great American Ball Park on Saturday.

Both players improved their batting average to above the Mendoza Line of .200. Hannahan came into the game hitting .198, while Izturis was hitting .187. The two will enter today’s game with batting averages of .224 and .203, respectively.

“It’s big for the confidence, it’s tough coming off the bench, getting that one at-bat a day, but it’s good to get in there and get some consistent at-bats,” Hannahan said. “I felt good today, I’ve been working hard with (assistant hitting coach Ronnie Ortegon and hitting coach Brook Jacoby) and as far as swing path and getting down on time and it came into play today.”

Izturis was the only Reds starter not to score a run – but he did drive in three, doubling his season total.

“It’s all mental,” said Izturis, who hadn’t started a game at Great American Ball Park in more than a month. “We have people who help us prepare for the game and to come in and do the best we can. It’s not that easy, but I know what I’m here for and I’m glad everything worked out for us.”

Starter Mat Latos gave up a two-run homer with just one out in the first to put the Reds in an early hole, but responded by striking out the next six batters he faced.

Izturis drove in Jay Bruce for the Reds’ first run in the second, the only run the team scored with less than two outs until the eighth inning.

Seager drove in another run in the third on a sacrifice fly, the only other players crossing the plate would be wearing Reds uniforms.

Trailing 3-1 in the fourth, Hannahan doubled with one out and after Izturis flied out, the Mariners elected to intentionally walk Ryan Hanigan to get to Latos. Latos responded with a double into the game, scoring Hannahan and Hanigan to tie the game.