Final R H E
  Cincinnati Reds  (55-54) 5 8 1
  Miami Marlins (53-56) 2 7 0 
 W: Latos (3-3)     L: Cosart (0-1)     S: Chapman (25)
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The Terrible Reds Offense awoke from flatline to produce what passes for a comfortable win these dismal days. It’s a sign of how bad the hitting has been that we consider five runs on a few dinky hits and a wild pitch an outpouring of production. Yet there it is. It’s the first time since the All-Star break that the Reds have scored five runs and only the second time they’ve plated at least four.

The Reds have won the first two games of this series and move back to a game over .500. It’s the first time they have won back-to-back games since forever.

Mat Latos struck out five and walked four over seven innings. Latos gave up only one run and five hits. That’ll do.

Jonathan Broxton gave up just his second home run of the season. He’s been awfully fortunate with many well-hit balls all year. If he wants to even out his luck on solo shots with three-run leads, attaboy. Aroldis Chapman entered the game with the Reds already having a 97% win probability. #closerrules He extended his record-breaking consecutive game strikeout streak to 47 games. #wasteofhisgreattalent

The Reds scored in the fourth inning when, for just the second time since the All-Star game, they strung together three hits in a row. Billy Hamilton, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier all lined singles.

In the sixth inning, the Reds finally decided to look for walks off a starting pitcher who had given up four in his previous two starts. Jay Bruce and Devin Mesoraco worked Jarrod Cosart for free passes and both ended up scoring in the decisive sixth inning. Todd Frazier singled off of Cosart’s leg. For the second night in a row, Ryan Ludwick delivered a crucial two-run base hit. Neither one was particularly hard-hit but they counted. Considering the Terrible Reds Offense, we won’t ask questions. Gritty Skip finished off the scoring with a sacrifice fly.

Chris Heisey doubled off the centerfield fence right next to the 418-foot sign in the ninth inning. That’s easily a home run at GABP. He scored on a wild pitch.

Leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton has now gone 58 plate appearances since he last walked, but he did have two hits.