Reds 4, Marlins 0

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MIAMI -- Shin-Soo Choo's bat and Mike Leake's right arm proved to be all the Cincinnati Reds would need against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
Choo went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three runs to propel the offense, while Leake pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings, and the Reds won their fifth consecutive game with a 4-0 victory at Marlins Park.
The Marlins, who possess the worst record in the National League at 11-29 and are now losers of four straight, probably wish they could send Choo back to the American League and the Cleveland Indians. In Choo's first season across the state of Ohio with Cincinnati, he's hitting .571 (12-for-21) against Miami.
Both of Choo's homers were solo shots. The first he sent to the opposite field into the Clevelander, Marlins Park's night club in left field next to the visitors' bullpen, in the fourth inning. Two innings later, he pulled one to right that landed in the Marlins' bullpen.
Choo, the National League leader in on-base percentage (.465), also led off the game with a hit. He scored in the inning when Brandon Phillips, who leads the NL with 34 RBIs, doubled off the left-center-field wall.
Leake (3-2) struck out six to earn the win for the Reds (24-16). He gave up nine hits, and he walked one and hit a batter.
Leake left the game with Marlins rookie left-handed No. 3 hitter Derek Dietrich up in the seventh with runners on first and second and two outs. Lefty Sean Marshall relieved Leake, and after a wild pitch that allowed both runners to advance, struck Dietrich out to end the threat and preserve Cincinnati's 4-0 lead.
The Marlins, the worst hitting team in baseball with 110 runs scored and a .222 team batting average, were shut out for the seventh time this season.
Marshall, Sam LeCure and Aroldis Chapman preserved the shutout. Chapman ended the game by striking out Dietrich looking with the tying run on deck. An 87 mph slider capped a 10-pitch at-bat in which seven of the pitches exceed 100 mph.
Marlins starting pitcher Alex Sanabia (2-6) played damage control in his six-inning start. He was fortunate to give up just four runs on the nine hits and three walks. Twice he escaped innings with the bases loaded.
NOTES: Reds RHP Johnny Cueto (strained right lat), who has been on the disabled list since April 15, will make his return to the majors Monday against the Mets. He made his second rehab start with Class A Dayton on Tuesday night, throwing 58 pitches in five shutout innings for a 6-2 win against West Michigan. ... Game No. 40 on the Marlins schedule marked the first time all season that manager Mike Redmond ran the same starting lineup (minus the starting pitcher) out on the field for two consecutive games. Miami used 38 different lineups in its previous 39 games. ... Reds 3B Todd Frazier was given the night off as manager Dusty Baker attempts to get some of his regulars some rest with Cincinnati playing nine games in nine days -- all on the road. Frazier had played in 38 of the team's first 39 games. ... Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton (strained right hamstring) did some light stretching and throwing on the field before the game. He's still likely out until June as he is yet to begin running. ... Marlins 1B/OF Logan Morrison (knee) could begin a 20-day rehab stint next week. He's expected to play nine innings in his next extended spring training game.

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