Final Score: Cincinnati 6, Miami 2
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Xavier Paul had three RBI and Homer Bailey
pitched a complete game as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Miami Marlins,
6-2, in the opener of a three-game series.
Bailey (2-3) struck out 10 and allowed two runs on six hits for the Reds, who
have won four straight and eight of their last 10 games.
"You know, innings are just so big for a starting pitcher," said Bailey.
"You want to be able to take the game as long as you can...and tonight we were
Brandon Phillips drove in two runs and Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with an RBI in
Derek Dietrich and Rob Brantly had an RBI apiece for the Marlins, who saw
starter Ricky Nolasco (2-5) give up six runs on seven hits and two walks over
"It all stems from our offense," says Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "He
(Nolasco) knows that he can't give up much and he's trying to be perfect and
trying to make too good pitches ... I got to tip my hat to Rick. He kept
Phillips got the Reds on the board in the first with a one-out single that
scored Zack Cozart. However, Dietrich responded in the home half with a single
that plated Juan Pierre, who doubled to start the frame.
The Reds tacked on five runs in the second. Ryan Hanigan hit a liner to left,
Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch and Cozart singled to load the bases. Votto
and Phillips drew back-to-back walks, scoring Hanigan and Choo respectively.
Xavier Paul then smacked a double deep into left, bringing all the runners
home to give Cincinnati a 6-1 lead.
After that, the Reds recorded just four hits. With Bailey on the mound,
though, they maintained control.
In the seventh, Bailey gave up a triple to Adeiny Hechavarria, who later
scored on a sacrifice fly by Brantly, but it wouldn't stop him from pitching
his fourth complete game of his career.
Bailey threw 125 pitches ... Paul was 1-for-5 ... The Reds were 4-for-9 with
runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Cincinnati pitchers
have produced at least 10 strikeouts 15 times this season, but only twice on
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