CINCINNATI -- After reaching base six times during the 13-inning affair on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, it was fitting that Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Shin-Soo Choo was the guy who scored the winning run to end the four-hour, nine-minute marathon.
Choo doubled leading off the 13th inning and scored on Brandon Phillips' sacrifice fly, lifting the Reds to a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins.
Choo was on base six times Saturday with three walks, two singles and a double.
"That guy's good," said Reds shortstop Zack Cozart of Choo. "We couldn't ask for a better leadoff batter to set the table for us."
Cozart was getting X-rays on his right hand when Choo scored the game-winner, after a pitch from Steve Cishek pinned two of his fingers against the bat while attempting a bunt. The X-rays were negative. "It's not broken, so I'm very lucky," Cozart said. "It's just really sore."
Cesar Izturis replaced Cozart and bunted Choo to third. Joey Votto was intentionally walked. Phillips then delivered the game-winning sac fly to center, appropriately on Brandon Phillips bobble-head giveaway day.
"That's baseball," said Phillips. "I've just got to do my job and come through with hits. I was looking for a ball up that I could drive."
Alfredo Simon (1-1) earned the victory for Cincinnati. Cishek (1-2) took the loss.
Both bullpens held the opponents at bay until the Reds scored in the 13th.
Aroldis Chapman, who allowed his first earned run this season on Justin Ruggiano's solo homer Friday night, pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts on Saturday.
Marlins right-hander A.J. Ramos struck out four batters in two innings, including three straight in the ninth. Cincinnati's Sam LeCure pitched a scoreless tenth and eleventh innings.
Meanwhile, it was another frustrating game for Miami, which had the go-ahead run at second base with one out in the 10th inning before LeCure retired Chris Coghlan and Juan Pierre to end the threat.
"We left it all out there," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "It's the same old story, not being able to get that big hit. We're pitching great. The bullpen got a lot of big outs and kept us in the game."
Cincinnati went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position with a season-high 17 runners left on base through 12 innings.
Votto hit his second home run for Cincinnati, which improved to 9-3 at home this season, the best mark in the majors. Votto went 4-for-6 with a homer and two RBI.
Cincinnati's starting pitching was dominant again, having allowed two runs or fewer in five straight games. On Saturday, Reds starter Bronson Arroyo allowed two earned runs and six hits with six strikeouts through eight innings.
Cincinnati had six base runners in the first two innings but went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Missed opportunities was the story of the afternoon for both clubs.
Cincinnati had the bases loaded with two outs in the second inning but Placido Polanco scooped up Cozart's high chopper and his throw just beat Cozart to first, ending the inning.
After two innings, LeBlanc had thrown 42 pitches. He would last just four innings, allowing two earned runs and seven hits. LeBlanc (0-3) remained winless this season in four starts.
In the third, Votto hit a line drive homer to right on a 2-0 pitch from LeBlanc. His RBI single drove home Devin Mesoraco with the Reds' second run in the fourth.
The Marlins tied the score in the fifth on an RBI single by Joe Mahoney and an RBI double by Polanco. "We kept battling," said Redmond.
The inning could've been more fortuitous for Miami had it not been for poor base running, as Todd Frazier snared a liner from Pierre then doubled off Mahoney, who had strayed off first.
Cincinnati loaded the bases in the seventh, but Chad Qualls retired Chris Heisey and Mesoraco to end the inning.
Arroyo retired the final 10 batters he faced and pitched into the eighth in consecutive games for the first time since 2011.
NOTES: Arroyo recorded his 1,000th strikeout as a member of the Reds in the second inning. In the sixth he moved into sole possession of ninth place on the Reds' all-time list with 1,003 Ks. ... Ryan Hanigan did not start Saturday due to a sore right thumb that's been nagging him since it was struck by a foul tip last week. Mesoraco caught Arroyo for the first time since Sept. 27, 2011. ... Entering Saturday's action, LeBlanc had a career-long six-game losing streak, dating back to Aug. 22, 2012. ... Mahoney collected his first career hit, an RBI single, in the fifth.