Tony Cingrani, who made his first Major League start, pitched five innings and gave up one earned run while striking out eight as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Miami Marlins 11-1 at Great American Ballpark.
The Reds, who exploded for 11 runs against the Phillies last night, kept the offense going against the Marlins.
After two scoreless innings to begin the game, the Reds struck in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Shin-Soo Choo singled only to be followed by a single off the bat of Zack Cozart that advanced Choo to third. With Joey Votto at the plate, Jose Fernandez threw a wild pitch that allowed Choo to score safely and give the Reds a 1-0 lead.
Miami tied the game in the top half of the fourth with a solo blast by Justin Ruggiano, his second on the season. Cingrani bounced back and got out of the inning.
Cincinnati poured it on in the fourth and fifth innings.
Jay Bruce began the fourth with a lead off single. Todd Frazier followed with a walk. Xavier Paul singled to right field and Giancarlo Stanton mishandled the ball, allowing Jay Bruce to score and the runners advance. Devin Mesoraco then stepped in and smashed the first pitch right to the center fielder, but it was deep enough to score Frazier from third for a sacrifice fly. After Cingrani grounded out, Choo doubled to bring home Paul and Cozart singled to bring around Choo. The four run inning gave the Reds a 5-1 lead.
The fifth inning was the same story, different inning. Brandon Phillips singled to start the inning and was followed by a walk to Bruce. Frazier then singled to to load the bases. After a pop out off, a wild pitch scored Phillips. Mesoraco, who was at bat during the wild pitch, was intentionally walked. Chris Heisey singled on a fly ball that dropped in front of Stanton which eventually scored two more runs. After consecutive walks to plate another run, the inning ended with the Reds ahead 9-1.
Frazier added to the run total with a 2-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning, his fifth home run on the year, which extend the lead to 11-1.
Choo, Cozart, and Frazier each collected two hits.
Sam LeCure, J.J. Hoover, Alfredo Simon, and Jonathon Broxton all pitched in inning in relief of Cingrani. They kept the Marlins to a single hit in the four combined innings.
W: Cingrani (1-0) L: Fernandez (0-1)
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