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Reds rout Marlins; Cingrani gets first win

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CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani isn't lacking confidence.

So when Cingrani overcame some early control issues and managed to hang around long enough to post his first major-league victory on Thursday night, it came as no surprise to Reds manager Dusty Baker.

"I'm not worried about him," Baker said. "He's a pretty confident guy. That's what you like." And, a little run support didn't hurt."

Todd Frazier went 2 for 3, including a two-run homer, to pace a 12-hit outburst that backed Cingrani, who allowed one run and five hits in five innings of an 11-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park.

The win was Cincinnati's fourth straight. Cingrani's start snapped the Reds' streak of 180 straight games started by right-handers.

"I might've been a little too relaxed tonight," said Cingrani, who struck out eight and threw 102 pitches. "It was a different mindset coming in. I settled down and started throwing more first-pitch strikes. It could've been a little better."

Miami 's Justin Ruggiano went 2 for 3 and hit his team-leading second home run in the fourth inning. Chris Coghlan had two of the Marlins' six hits. Otherwise, the game marked a new low for the Marlins.

Cincinnati scored two 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.

"Yeah, it got a little sloppy," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It usually does in a 10-run game. We gave them a couple extra runs."

The Reds scored 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.

While Baker lauded the resilience of his 23-year-old starter, Redmond called 20-year-old Jose Fernandez's start just another learning experience.

Fernandez (0-1) was charged with five earned runs in four innings. He walked three and struck out four.

"Part of the process in the big leagues is learning how quickly things can head south," Redmond said. "He got a little frustrated out there. He needs to have his emotions in check, and learn to turn the page."

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

"We were scrapping for runs in a ballpark where you need six or seven," Redmond said.

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.

"(Cingrani) didn't have to go out there and be perfect," said Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart, who went 2 for 4 with two RBI. "Baseball is a weird game. A couple days ago we were scuffling. It shows the potential of what we can do."

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.

In the first, Cingrani allowed singles to Coghlan and Stanton but 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-and-2 pitch from Cingrani in the fourth. But Cincinnati scored four times off Fernandez in the bottom of the inning.

"Can't ask for anything more than that," Cingrani said.

Xavier Paul, Choo and Cozart each collected RBI hits to break the game open for Cincinnati.

"Things kind of snowballed on him," Redmond said. "It's a process. He's still young. But give them credit. That's a tough lineup. They made him throw some pitches."

NOTES: Miami infielder Adeiny Hechavarria was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised right elbow. Infielder Nick Green was promoted from triple-A New Orleans. To make room for Green on the 40-man roster, right-hander 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 RBI 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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