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Reds 11, Marlins 1

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CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 2-for-3 including a two-run home run to back left-hander Tony Cingrani who earned his first career victory in an 11-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park.

The win was the Reds' fourth straight.

Miami centerfielder Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 and hit his team-leading second home run in the fourth inning. But otherwise Thursday's game marked a new low for the Marlins.

Cincinnati scored a pair of runs on wild pitches and another on a bases-loaded walk. In addition to Marlins' pitchers being wild, Giancarlo Stanton didn't help the cause by committing two errors in right field.

The Reds tallied four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Miami reliever John Maine allowed six earned runs including Frazier's homer and walked five in two innings.

Jose Fernandez (0-1) started for Miami and was charged with five earned runs in four innings. The 20-year old right-hander walked three and struck out four.

Cingrani, the first left-hander to start for Cincinnati in 180 games, struck out eight and walked three in a 102-pitch effort. He allowed only five hits, including Ruggiano's homer.

Chris Coghlan had two of the Marlins' six hits.

Miami, which has scored three or fewer runs in 14 games this season, continued to struggle offensively.

Reds leadoff batter Shin-Soo Choo returned to the starting lineup after a day off and went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored helping the Reds score 11 runs in consecutive games.

In his three starts this season at Triple-A Louisville, Cingrani allowed no runs and struck out 26 in 14 1/3 innings, but the Marlins made him work in the early innings Thursday.

In the first, Cingrani allowed singles to Coghlan and Stanton, but he escaped without allowing a run. He threw 21 pitches, all but one of which was fastballs.

Fernandez didn't allow a hit until Choo's single with two outs in the third. Choo went first-to-third on Cozart's single and scored on Fernandez's wild pitch, putting the Reds ahead 1-0.

Ruggiano tied the score with a home run to left on a 3-2 pitch from Cingrani.

Cincinnati scored four times off Fernandez in the fourth. Xavier Paul, Choo, and Cozart each collected RBI hits. Fernandez allowed five runs and six hits in four innings.

NOTES: Miami INF Adeiny Hechavarria was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a bruised right elbow. INF Nick Green was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans. To make room for Green on the 40-man roster, RHP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. .. Stanton returned to the starting lineup after missing six straight games with a bruised left shoulder. The timing was right, as Stanton has batted .297 with three homers and six RBIs in nine games at Great American Ball Park. ... When Cingrani walked Ruggiano in the second inning, it was the first walk issued by a Reds pitcher in three games, the club's longest streak since 1933.
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