Aquino’s 13th HR in month ties rookie mark, Reds shutout Marlins 5-0
MIAMI (AP) — Aristides Aquino tied a National League rookie mark with his 13th home run this month, powering Anthony DeSclafani and the Cincinnati Reds over the Miami Marlins 5-0 Wednesday night.
Eugenio Suarez hit his 38th homer, connecting in the fourth straight game for the Reds.
Aquino hit for a three-run drive in the first inning, keeping up a surge that began after he was promoted from the minors Aug. 1. The 24-year-old outfielder matched the NL homer mark for rookies in a month set by Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers in June 2017.
The major league rookie record for homers in a month is 18 by Rudy York of Detroit in August 1937. Aquino, who got one at-bat in the majors last year, also doubled as the Reds beat Miami for the third straight day.
DeSclafani (9-7) had his longest outing of the season, throwing seven innings of two-hit ball. He struck out eight and walked one.
Tucker Barnhart’s double off Sandy Alcantara (4-12) in the fourth increased Cincinnati’s lead to 4-0. Barnhart drove in Aquino, who reached on a leadoff double.
Alcantara gave up four runs and six hits, struck out eight and walked one in six innings. Miami’s representative in this year’s All-Star Game, Alcantara lost his sixth consecutive decision and is winless since June 21.
Reds: OF Jesse Winker (back) will return to Cincinnati to continue his rehabilitation. Although on the injured list since last week, Winker was traveling with the Reds during their 11-game trip.
Marlins: RHP Jordan Yamamoto (forearm strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. After winning his first four major league decisions, Yamamoto has lost five straight.
Reds: LHP Alex Wood (1-3, 6.07 ERA) will attempt to snap his three-game losing streak Thursday as Cincinnati goes for a sweep.
Marlins: RHP Robert Dugger (0-1, 10.80) will make his second major league start in the series finale. Dugger was called up from Triple-A to face the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader Aug. 5 and got the loss, allowing six runs and five hits in five innings.
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