MIAMI (AP) — Trailing by a run in the ninth inning, the woeful Miami Marlins tripled twice — and still lost.
After Miami forced extra innings, NL RBI
leader Brandon Phillips drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly
in the 10th, and the Cincinnati Reds completed their second three-game
sweep in a row by beating Miami 5-3 Thursday night.
“I’m happy with the way we battled,”
manager Mike Redmond said. “We used almost all our guys, we bunted, we
tried everything to score some runs and still we came up short.”
The Marlins trailed 2-1 when Adeiny
Hechavarria tripled with one out in the ninth off starter Mat Latos.
Closer Aroldis Chapman came on to strike out pinch-hitter Placido
Polanco on a 100 mph fastball, but rookie Marcell Ozuna connected with a
98 mph fastball for an RBI triple.
Chapman then struck out pinch-hitter
Justin Ruggiano to send the game into extra innings. Steve Cishek (1-4)
gave up three runs in the 10th.
“We showed a lot of fight,” said
Marlins left fielder Juan Pierre, who hit a rare homer. “Young guys are
really coming along. I know it’s tough, it looks ugly, but it’s the type
of stuff that makes you stronger.”
Pierre led off Miami’s first with his
first homer since June 23, and the 18th of his 14-year career. He let
out a whoop when the ball barely cleared the fence just inside the foul
“I don’t know how to react to those
things, so it’s just a spur-of-the-moment deal,” he said. “That’s about
the only time you’ll see me smiling on the baseball field.”
Latos was still shaking his head about the homer three hours later.
“Juan Pierre hit a home run off me —
just my luck,” he said. “I looked at him when he was running the bases
and said, `What the heck happened?'”
That was one of only six hits off Latos
and two relievers. After Chapman (3-1) blew a save for the first time
in nine chances, J.J. Hoover gave up a run in the 10th but earned his
Pinch-hitter Donald Lutz led off the
10th with a single against Cishek. Following a walk, a bunt and an
intentional walk, Phillips lifted a flyball for his second RBI of the
night and 36th of the season.
Jay Bruce followed with a two-run double and finished with three RBIs.
“We wanted to win the game in nine,”
said Phillips, who also homered. “We could have just put our heads down,
but we went with the flow.”
Latos threw only 91 pitches in 8 1-3
innings. The right-hander’s streak of wins in four consecutive starts
ended even though he allowed just four hits and two runs.
“Latos was dealing,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “That’s as pitch-efficient as I’ve seen anybody.”
The young Marlins, who have the NL’s
worst record, lost their fifth consecutive game and were swept for the
fourth time this year. They rank last in the majors in runs and totaled
five in the series.
“I was trying to throw the ball right
down the middle,” Latos said. “It’s a big ballpark, and I tried to let
those guys get themselves out. A lot of them swing early and often.”
Miami rookie Jose Fernandez allowed two
runs in seven innings and threw a career-high 99 pitches. The Marlins
have scored 23 runs in his eight starts.
The Reds swept a series in Miami for
the first time since 2004. They’ve won a season-best six in a row to
climb nine games above .500 for the first time.
Latos preserved a 2-1 lead when he
pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh. Jeff Mathis,
playing in his first game this year after coming off the disabled list,
bounced into a 5-2-3 double play.
The game was the finale this season between the two teams. Cincinnati went 6-1 against the Marlins, outscoring them 40-16.
The Marlins fell to 0-11 with the retractable roof open in their ballpark. They’re 5-3 with the roof closed.
Pierre began the game with a slugging percentage of .278, but he needed only one swing in the first to put Miami ahead.
Pierre also robbed the Reds of two
extra-base hits in left field. He made a diving catch of Joey Votto’s
drive to the warning track in the first, and made a diving, backhanded
grab of Todd Frazier’s fly in the sixth.
Reds C Ryan Hanigan has thrown out five of eight runners attempting to
steal, including Hechavarria in the fourth inning. … Votto is hitting
.391 on the road. … The first pitch for the Reds’ game on Sunday, June
9 against the St. Louis Cardinals has been changed to 8:05 p.m.