Reds close out first half with a 7-3 loss to Marlins

MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton’s 20th home run put the Miami Marlins ahead to stay, and they completed their first series sweep of Cincinnati since 2003, winning 7-3 Sunday.

Stanton, who will compete Monday in the All-Star Home Run Derby, was batting .193 on June 15 but has surged of late and goes into the break with an average of .233 and 50 RBIs. His two-run homer in the fifth gave Miami a 4-3 lead.

Thanks to three consecutive wins over last-place Cincinnati, the Marlins (47-41) have their best record at the All-Star break since 1997. The Reds, who were swept in Miami for the first time since 1996, were hurt by a succession of baserunning mistakes and defensive lapses in the series finale.

Miami’s Adeiny Hechavarria scored from second base on a passed ball, a franchise first. All-Star center fielder Marcell Ozuna threw out Brandon Phillips on the bases for the second game in a row.

Four Marlins relievers combined to allow two baserunners over the final five innings. Mike Dunn (1-1) pitched a perfect fifth to break the franchise record for career pitching appearances with his 369th.

Rookie Cody Reed (0-4) allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings to remain winless in five career starts. Reds starters have an ERA of 5.86 this month.

Miami improved to 15-6 against left-handers.

Sloppy fielding hurt Cincinnati in the second inning, when Miami scored twice. Miguel Rojas doubled and took advantage of All-Star right fielder Jay Bruce’s poor throw to score on a single by Hechavarria, who took second on the play.

A pitch by Reed then caromed off catcher Tucker Barnhart’s shin guard, and when the ball rolled behind the first-base coaching box, first baseman Joey Votto was slow to react, giving Hechavarria time to score easily.

Miami also scored on a passed ball in Saturday’s win.

The Reds’ first five batters reached on hits in the fourth, but they scored only twice because Phillips was thrown out by Ozuna trying to score from second on a single with none out.

Cincinnati also allowed catcher J.T. Realmuto to steal second and third in the sixth inning. The first steal came despite a pitchout, and the second came without a throw.

Phillips hit a two-run double despite a hairline fracture in his left hand suffered Friday. Bruce singled home the Reds’ first run in the first.

SUZUKI UPDATE

Marlins pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki crumpled to the dirt when hit on the left knee by a pitch from Raisel Iglesias in the seventh inning, but he stayed in the game. He needs 10 hits for 3,000.

REVERSALS

Umpire Mike Estabrook twice called Marlins out on plays at first base, and both rulings were quickly overturned by replay reviews. The second reversal gave Miguel Rojas an infield single, and he later scored on Realmuto’s two-out single in the sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: 1B Justin Bour (sprained ankle) is expected to return soon after the All-Star break.

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (elbow surgery), who made a rehab start Thursday at Triple-A Louisville, is expected to pitch again July 15 and July 20 before potentially returning to the Reds, manager Bryan Price said.

UP NEXT

When the Marlins visit the St. Louis Cardinals for three games beginning Friday, the starters are expected to be Wei-Yin Chen, Adam Conley and Koehler, with All-Star Jose Fernandez skipping a turn to help limit his innings pitched.

After the break, the Reds return home to face the Milwaukee Brewers for a weekend series that begins Friday. The Reds plan to start, in order, Anthony DeSclafani, John Lamb and Dan Straily. Brandon Finnegan and Reed are scheduled to start the first two games of the following series against Atlanta.