Reds 6, Marlins 2

Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchangeMay 15, 2013


MIAMI -- Xavier Paul's three-run double and Homer Bailey's strong pitching powered the Cincinnati Reds to an 6-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
It was the fourth win in a row for the Reds (23-16), who improved to 7-10 on the road.
The Marlins, the worst team in the National League at 11-28, dropped their third straight game. Miami has lost six of its past seven.
Bailey (2-3) pitched a complete-game six-hitter. He struck out 10 and did not walk a batter in a 125-pitch effort. He did hit a batter.
Miami's Ricky Nolasco (2-5) allowed six runs in five innings. He only gave up two walks, but both of those bases on balls drove in runs during a brutal, five-run second inning.
Joey Votto had three hits for the Reds, while Zack Cozart, Brandon Phillips and Ryan Hanigan each collected two hits.
The offensive standouts for the Marlins were a pair of rookie middle infielders. Second baseman Derek Dietrich had two hits, including a run-scoring single. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria stroked his fourth triple of the season and scored Miami's second run on a brilliant slide to avoid a tag by Hanigan.
The Reds broke the game open with a five-run second. Hanigan singled, Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch and Cozart singled to load the bases. Votto and Phillips drew walks to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.
Paul, who entered the game with just 10 RBIs, worked the count to 3-1 and sliced an opposite-field, three-run double to left that eluded Juan Pierre and one-hopped the fence. That gave the Reds a 6-1 lead.
Before the fireworks, the teams traded first-inning runs. Cozart hit a one-out double down the line in left and scored on Phillips' single in the hole, just past a diving Placido Polanco at third.
The Marlins' first-inning run was sparked by Pierre, who grounded a double down the first base line. He advanced to third on a groundout to second by Polanco and scored on Dietrich's opposite-field single to left.
NOTES: Marlins backup C Jeff Mathis was activated for the first time all season. He broke his collarbone on the second day of spring training when he was hit by a foul ball from Matt Holliday. The Marlins now have three catchers on their big-league roster, including starter Rob Brantly and backup Miguel Olivo. ... Miami 1B Casey Kotchman, who is trying to come back from a hamstring injury, took ground balls with his teammates. He likely will begin a minor league rehab stint in the next few days. ... A headline in Tuesday's Cincinnati Enquirer read: Reds at AAAA Miami. The obvious implication is that the Marlins are less than a major league team and only slightly above Triple-A. ... Reds rookie RF Donald Lutz, who hit his first career homer Sunday, is the first-ever German-developed major-leaguer. He was born in Watertown, N.Y., but was raised in Germany since age 1. ... The Marlins' Nos. 3-4 hitters -- Dietrich and RF Marcell Ozuna -- began the season in Double-A. The same is true with the Reds' Lutz. ... The game drew an announced crowd of 14,694.