Marlins come up short in 5-4 loss to Reds

At the crack of the bat, John Buck appeared to have won the game

for the Miami Marlins.

His fly ball to deep center field was caught by Drew Stubbs in

the 11th inning preserving a 5-4 win for the Cincinnati Reds over

the Miami Marlins in 11 innings Sunday.

”Stubbs saved the game with that great catch,” Reds manager

Dusty Baker said. ”That is about as athletic of a catch to the

deepest part in almost any ballpark in America. I’m just glad we

held on.”

Donovan Solano drew a two-out walk from Jonathan Broxton before

Buck’s game-ending fly out caught by Stubbs, who leaped to make the

catch just in front of the 418-foot wall. It was Broxton’s second

save with the Reds.

”I knew in this ballpark to never give up on it because it’s so

deep out there,” Stubbs said.

Ryan Ludwick hit a go-ahead single in the top of the 11th off

Carlos Zambrano (7-10) to give the Reds a 5-4 lead.

”That was a big one for us,” Ludwick said. ”That’s a team

fighting to spoil people probably and they gave us all we could

handle for three straight days. Just to be able to get that one was

very important.

Ludwick, Dioner Navarro, and Didi Gregorius each had three hits

for the Reds, who tied a season high with 17 hits and left 14 men

on base.

”We did get a lot of hits,” Baker said. ”We left a ton of

guys on base, had a lot of opportunities, which is the name of the

game. The more opportunities you get, sooner or later you’re going

to bust through.”

Zambrano was the Marlins’ ninth pitcher of the game when he came

on to pitch the 11th. Zambrano, who had not pitched since Sept. 7,

issued a lead-off single to Chris Heisey and walked Joey Votto

before Ludwick singled through the left side scoring Heisey for a

5-4 lead.

”When you lay off that much, you can’t ask too much,” Marlins

manager Ozzie Guillen said. ”On the other hand my starting

pitchers have been throwing seven, eight innings plus the last

week, week and a half. That’s why the guys in the bullpen have not

been pitching that much.”

Miami had an opportunity to score in the 10th when Giancarlo

Stanton came to the plate with two runners on, but Logan Ondrusek

(4-2) struck him out.

”Ondrusek came in and got a big, big out on Stanton,” Baker

said.

Jose Reyes hit a tying double off the right-field wall in the

eighth inning off Mat Latos.

”I thought the ball that Reyes hit was a homer,” Baker said.

”I didn’t see where it hit on the wall and I was glad it stayed in

the ball park.”

Reyes had three hits to lead the Marlins, who were searching for

their first three-game sweep since June 29-July 1 when they swept

Philadelphia.

”It’s tough when you hit the ball good and you think you’ve got

a home run and the ball doesn’t go out,” Reyes said. ”It’s kind

of tough as a hitter but like I say it is what it is. You have to

deal with it.”

Latos pitched 7 2-3 innings allowing four runs and seven hits.

He struck out eight and walked three.

”I tried my best to keep us in,” Latos said. ”I wound up

giving up a lead, that’s always aggravating. Seems like that’s been

the story of the year for me for the most part. We got a `W’ and we

have to move forward. That magic number is getting closer and

closer.”

At the start of the day, the Reds needed a combination of six

wins, or losses by St. Louis and Los Angeles, to clinch a playoff

spot.

Gregorius’ RBI single and Brandon Phillips’s RBI ground out gave

the Reds an early 2-0 lead.

Miami tied the game at 2-all with a two-run triple by Greg

Dobbs.

Navarro’s RBI single allowed the Reds to re-gain the lead at

3-2.

Cincinnati took a 4-2 lead after an RBI single by Ludwick in the

sixth. The Marlins cut the deficit to 4-3 on a sacrifice fly by

Donovan Solano.

Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs and 10 hits in

five innings. Nolasco had won his last three starts including two

shutouts over Washington.

”Obviously, this was not my best day,” Nolasco said. ”I got

singled to death; a lot of ground balls just found the holes but

it’s part of the game. I just tried to go as deep as I could.”

NOTES: The Reds also had 17 hits on June 14 against Cleveland

and July 23 at Houston. … It was Navarro’s first three-hit game

since July 8, 2009 against Toronto while with Tampa Bay. …

Nolasco is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in his last seven starts. … The

Reds will send RHP Homer Bailey (11-9, 3.93 ERA) to the mound on

Tuesday at Wrigley Field to face Cubs RHP Justin Germano (2-7, 6.24

ERA) to begin a three-game series. Miami will host Atlanta with RHP

Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.71 ERA) getting the start against Braves

LHP Paul Maholm (12-10, 3.90 ERA).