Don’t look now but after taking two of three from the Miami Marlins, the Cincinnati Reds are slowly starting to crawl back into the race. With a couple of weeks to go until the All Star Break, the Reds are just a handful of games out of the second Wild Card Spot, and a couple behind the second place Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Reds won the first game of the three game set 5-0 when Mike Leake carried a no-hitter into the 5th inning. The following game the Reds lost 5-0 when Marlins’ rookie Justin Nicolino had a fantastic Major League debut. The third game was more in the Reds favor.
The Marlins were able to score first via a ground out RBI by Giancarlo Stanton in the First Inning, 1-0 Marlins.
The Reds would strike back with two of their own in the bottom of the First Inning. Todd Frazier would drive one deep to Right Field that would just barely clean the outstretched glove of Stanton. Joey Votto would come around the score on the two run bomb, 2-1 Reds.
The Marlins would score their final run of the game in the top of the Second Inning. Justin Bour would get ahold of a Michael Lorenzen meatball and drive it into the stands in Right Field to tie the game, 2-2.
The bats for both teams would remain still until the bottom of the Sixth Inning. With Votto on base Jay Bruce would get one more chance to do some damage against the Marlins’ starter David Phelps. Bruce would connect and drive one deep to Right Field for a two run bomb, 4-2 Reds.
Then with Marlon Byrd and Eugenio Suarez on base, Michael Lorenzen would help himself out with an insurance run of his own when he would single past a diving Dee Gordon into Right Field, 5-2 Reds. With this win the Reds were able to win their fourth game in the last five.
The Reds move to 32-36 on the season.