Strong outing for Leake, Reds down Marlins 5-0

Marlon Byrd celebrates with Eugenio Suarez after hitting a solo home run off Miami Marlins starting pitcher Dan Haren.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Leake allowed only two singles through seven innings Friday night, and Marlon Byrd homered in his return from a broken wrist, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.

The Reds have won 10 of their last 13 against the Marlins. Miami has been held to four runs or less in each of their last 11 games against Cincinnati.

Leake (4-4) has a history of success against the Marlins, going 4-1 in five career starts. He retired the first 13 batters Friday before giving up two walks. Christian Yelich singled through the hole at shortstop with two outs in the sixth for Miami’s first hit.

Marcell Ozuna singled in the seventh off Leake, who walked three, hit a batter and threw 92 pitches. Pedro Villarreal pitched the ninth, completing a four-hitter.

Byrd returned from a broken right wrist and homered in his second at-bat off Dan Haren (6-4), a solo shot to center. Byrd’s wrist was hit by a pitch on June 2, and he made a faster-than-expected recovery.

Jay Bruce broke the game open with a two-run double in the eighth off Brad Hand, leaving the outfielder 8 for 12 in his last three games.

Todd Frazier doubled and singled, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

Frazier had hit two homers in each of his last two games, the first Red to do so since Barry Larkin in 1991. The major league record is three straight multi-homer games. Frazier went 1 for 4 on Friday.

Miami’s Dee Gordon singled in the eighth for his 100th hit of the season in only 65 games. He became the sixth NL player since 1961 to get 100 hits in so few games, according to STATS.

WEARING GREEN

The Reds wore green trim and shamrocks on their jerseys as part of their annual Irish Heritage Night promotion

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto was back in the lineup after missing two games with back soreness. He went 0 for 4.

Reds: Rookie starter Jon Moscot had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder Friday. He dislocated his left shoulder while tagging a runner on Monday in Detroit. He can begin throwing in three months.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Tom Koehler (5-4) has lost his only other start against the Reds, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings last season.

Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (5-4) makes his first appearance against the Marlins, who traded him in December in the deal for starter Mat Latos.