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Shin-Soo Choo singled, doubled and scored twice, helping left-hander Tony Cingrani get a victory in his first major league start, and the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth in a row, beating the Miami Marlins 11-1 on Thursday night.
The Reds' winning streak has featured stingy starting pitching. The 23-year-old Cingrani needed a lot of pitches, but kept up the trend.
The left-hander gave up five hits, including Justin Ruggiano's solo homer, in five innings, striking out eight and throwing 102 pitches. Manager Dusty Baker gave him a congratulatory handshake and a big smile when he reached the dugout after fanning Greg Dobbs to end the Miami fifth.
He got the better of a matchup of two up-and-coming starters. Right-hander Jose Fernandez (0-1) lasted only four innings, giving up five runs and seven hits while taking his first big league loss.
Miami fell to 3-13, worst in the majors. The Marlins have been shut out or limited to one run in nine of their games.
Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was back in the Miami lineup after missing six games with a bruised left shoulder. He committed two errors, including one that let a run score.
The Reds have the best home record in the majors at 8-2. They've scored 22 runs with 27 hits in their last two games. It's the first time they've had back-to-back games with at least 11 runs since they beat Houston 12-2 and 15-6 at Great American Ball Park in 2010.
The 20-year-old Fernandez had allowed only one run in his first two major league starts, giving up a total of five hits to the Mets and Phillies. He fanned Choo on a 97 mph fastball to open the Reds' first, quite a good start.
Didn't do so well the second time through the order. Choo and Zack Cozart singled with two outs in the third. Fernandez threw a wild pitch that allowed Choo to score from third.
It fell apart for Fernandez in the fourth, when Cincinnati sent eight batters to the plate for four runs. The Reds put together a walk, three singles, Choo's RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Devin Mesoraco for a 5-1 lead, ending Fernandez's outing.
Todd Frazier added a two-run homer off John Maine as the Reds pulled away.
The Marlins came in with a .209 team batting average, 32 runs and three homers, all the fewest in the majors. The series opener on Thursday represented a chance to nudge those numbers up - facing a rookie pitcher in a homer-friendly ballpark with the wind blowing out to left field.
Ruggiano hit a solo shot to left field in the fourth inning, making him the first Marlin with more than one homer this season. He was the only Marlin to reach third base.
Cingrani made three relief appearances for the Reds last September and was first in line for a promotion if the Reds needed a starter. He took the place of Johnny Cueto, who went on the 15-day
NOTES: Miami put SS Adeiny Hechavarria on the 15-day disabled list with a sore throwing arm and called up INF Nick Green from Triple-A New Orleans. ... The Reds optioned RH reliever Justin Freeman to Triple-A Louisville to open a roster spot for Cingrani. ... Marlins manager Mike Redmond on what it would be like if Great American had a home run sculpture like the one at Marlins Park: ''That thing would be going nonstop. They'd have to have a backup generator.''
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Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Featured Game: Miami at Cincinnati, 19:10 ET
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Game Odds, Translated into Winning Percentages
Featured Game: Miami at Cincinnati, 19:10 ET
Regarding This Game, Its Significance
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Denis Phipps went 2-4 with 2 doubles and a run.
Konrad Schmidt went 2-4 with an RBI.
Josh Fellhauer went 1-4 with a solo HR (1).
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