Reds 5, Marlins 3 (10)

Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MIAMI -- Brandon Phillips' sacrifice fly keyed a three-run 10th inning, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins Thursday night.
Batting against Marlins closer Steve Cishek in the 10th, Reds rookie Donald Lutz got a pinch-hit single to start the winning rally. He advanced to second on a walk and to third on a sacrifice bunt. After Joey Votto was walked intentionally, Phillips lofted his fly to left.
The Reds padded their lead with a two-run double to right by Jay Bruce.
The Marlins got one run back in the 10th on a Matt Diaz run-scoring single off Reds reliever J.J. Hoover, but that was all they could score.
Trailing only the St. Louis Cardinals by 1 1/2 games in a tight National League Central race, the Reds swept the three-game series at Miami and have now won six in a row overall.
The Marlins, who have the worst record in the NL at 11-30, lost their fifth in a row.
Playing Thursday before an announced crowd of 16,680 at Marlins Park, Reds veteran Mat Latos appeared to have outdueled Miami rookie Jose Fernandez.
Entering the ninth, Latos had allowed just two singles, one walk and a solo homer. But Adeiny Hechavarria tripled to right-center with one out in the bottom of the ninth to knock Latos out.
Closer Aroldis Chapman entered the game, and it looked like he might get out of the jam when he struck out pinch-hitter Placido Polanco on a 100 mph fastball.
But rookie Marcell Ozuna hit a long triple to deep center field to score Hechavarria and send the game to extra innings.
Until then, it appeared Phillips' sixth-inning solo homer to left might stand up as the game-winning hit. The home run, which traveled an estimated 383 feet, tied Joe Morgan's franchise record for most career home runs by a second baseman (149).
That homer gave Cincinnati a 2-1 lead.
Fernandez threw a career-high 99 pitches, lasting seven innings while allowing five hits, three walks and two runs, both earned. He was on the hook for the loss until the Marlins rallied in the ninth.
Marlins left fielder Juan Pierre had an exciting first inning. In the top of the frame, he got turned around on a long fly ball by Votto. Pierre recovered and made a diving catch on the warning track.
In the bottom of the first, Pierre pulled a 2-1 pitch down the line for his first homer of the season. The line drive barely cleared the 335-foot sign and was homer No. 18 in Pierre's 15-year big-league career.
The Reds tied the score 1-1 in the fourth. Votto doubled to left and scored on Bruce's single to left.
NOTES: Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco, just 1-for-7 during the current homestand, was not in the starting lineup, replaced by Nick Green. Polanco still leads the Marlins with 36 starts. ... Miami CF Justin Ruggiano, 0-for-7 in the homestand, also got a rest. He was replaced by Chris Coghlan, who is second in the National League with six pinch-hits. ... Reds OF Chris Heisley aggravated his hamstring injury Monday playing in Class A on a rehab assignment. Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said Thursday that Heisley would be "out awhile." ... Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi, who is on the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation, threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday. ... Marlins C Jeff Mathis, who had spent the entire season on the disabled list before being activated Tuesday, made his first start of the year Thursday. He suffered a broken collarbone in spring training. ... Chapman earned his eighth save of the season Wednesday night, but it took 26 pitches, including 10 on the final hitter, rookie Derek Dietrich. Seven of those pitches to Dietrich were at least 100 mph, topping at 102. Chapman ended the game by freezing Dietrich with an 87 mph slider.

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