Marlins lose Gordon to thumb injury in 14-3 win over Reds
MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins lost All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon to a dislocated left thumb Saturday, and took out their aggravation on the Cincinnati Reds with a franchise-record offensive outburst.
Gordon was hurt leading off the seventh inning when he slid headfirst into first base for an infield single, the first of a record nine consecutive hits as Miami won 14-3.
Gordon will miss the All-Star Game but might be sidelined only a week or two. X-rays were negative, and there was no apparent ligament damage, the Marlins said.
After Gordon left the game, Miami scored eight runs in the seventh. J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, Christian Yelich had a double and a single, and reliever Mike Dunn singled for his first hit in seven seasons.
''I looked up after I got the X-ray and saw Dunn's hit,'' Gordon said. ''I said, `Dunn?!' It was cool. We needed that, man.''
Gordon, who leads the majors with 122 hits, was chosen to start in the All-Star Game for the first time. With right fielder Giancarlo Stanton already sidelined because of a broken left hand, Gordon's injury means the Marlins will have no players at the All-Star Game.
''It kind of puts a damper a big day for us,'' manager Dan Jennings said.
The Marlins had a season-high 21 hits, including three infield singles by Gordon. Their run total was a season high after they had scored just 12 runs in the past seven games.
Miami's 10 hits in the seventh tied the team record for an inning. It was the most in an inning allowed by Cincinnati since 1961.
''That was some damage,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''I don't think I've ever seen nine consecutive hits before.''
Yelich, Realmuto and Cole Gillespie finished with three hits each. Gillespie hit his first home run of the year and made a running over-the-shoulder basket catch with his back to the plate in center field to rob Marlon Byrd.
Casey McGehee, making his first start after signing Friday for a second stint with Miami, had two hits and drove in two runs.
Rookie Adam Conley (1-0) went five innings to earn his first major league victory in his first start. Following the spot start, he was optioned back to Triple-A New Orleans.
Raisel Iglesias (1-2) allowed five runs in 4 1-3 innings. He had been sidelined with a strained left oblique and was activated before the game from the disabled list.
Manny Parra gave up five runs in the seventh without retiring a batter. His ERA rose from 1.65 to 4.41.
''Manny threw the ball over the plate for the most part,'' Price said, ''but the quality of his strikes wasn't what we've been used to seeing.''
The Marlins finished 11 for 19 with runners in scoring position.
''Their pitchers were getting base hits - that's how confident they were by the time the smoke cleared,'' Price said.
Eugenio Suarez hit his fourth home run for the Reds.
Major league stolen base leader Billy Hamilton increased his total to 44 by swiping two bases, including one on a delayed steal of third that caught the Marlins in a lackadaisical moment and led to a run. Following a pitch, catcher Realmuto lobbed the ball back to Conley, and Hamilton stole third without a throw.
Reds: Price said he has not determined the order for his rotation after the All-Star break. He said ace Johnny Cueto, who pitches Sunday, will likely throw a side session on Thursday or Friday and pitch in one of next weekend's games against the Cleveland Indians. Price said he remains confident RHP Anthony DeSclafani will miss only one start.
Marlins: RHP Jose Fernandez's next scheduled start is Friday at Philadelphia, Miami's first-game after the All-Star break. ... Conley started for RHP Mat Latos (foot), who is expected to miss only one start, Jennings said.
Marlins: 3B Martin Prado (shoulder), who has been on the DL since June 15, will remain out until after the All-Star break, the team said. ... Opening day starter Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will likely begin a rehab assignment Sunday or Monday with Single-A Jupiter.
Cueto (6-5, 2.61) is scheduled to start Sunday against Dan Haren (6-5, 3.34). Cueto is 6-1 with a 4.04 ERA in seven career starts against Miami.