Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 4/8/12

The Miami Marlins fought back in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds and put the ball into Heath Bell’s hands three outs from a series win.   Bell’s first chance to close out a game for the Marlins did not come to fruition however as the Reds came away 6-5 winners.  The loss moved the Marlins to 1-3 on the young season as they head to Phildelphia for their first games against a division rival in 2012.

Carlos Zambrano had a wild first inning but settled down to give the Marlins six relatively solid innings.   After allowing three runs in the first inning, Zambrano would only allow one more.   Both walks and two of the four hits compiled by the Reds also came in that wild first inning.   Zambrano also struck out six hitters which continued a trend he started in Spring Training in terms of high strikeout numbers.  Steve Cishek and Edward Mujica worked the seven and eighth innings with scoreless frames to earn holds.   Bell who has closed more games than any other pitcher in baseball the past three seasons gave up a game tying homerun to Jay Bruce, the first batter he faced in the ninth.  In all of 2011,  Bell only allowed four homeruns so this is an unexpected start to the season.   In all, the Reds put together two runs on four hits to give Bell a blown save and the loss.

The Marlins had eleven hits including Jose Reyes’ first triple of the season which came off of Aroldis Chapman.   RBIs came courtesy of Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, Logan Morrison, Omar Infante and Chris Coghlan.  For Coghlan, it was a pinch hit double for his first hit of the season.    Bonifacio swiped his third base of the young season while Hanley Ramirez stole his first.     Ramirez’s struggles at the plate continued with a 1-4 day to bring his miniscule average up to .133.  Gaby Sanchez was given the day off initially but did enter the game as a pinch-runner before going 0-1.

The Marlins will head to Philadelphia on Monday for the Philles’ home opener.  Starting for Miami will be Anibal Sanchez and he will be opposed by Cole Hamels.

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