Joey Votto’s 3-run homer in the 4th inning was more than enough behind Luis Castillo’s strong seven innings and a strong bullpen performance as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Thursday night.
|Miami Marlins (51-71)
|Cincinnati Reds (66-57)
|W: Castillo (7-12) L: Neidert (1-2)
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Cincinnati had a lone single from Tyler Naquin through the first three innings of the game. Trailing 1-0 in the 4th the offense got to work. Rookie of the Year frontrunner Jonathan India singled to lead off the inning. Nick Castellanos would add a 1-out single to put two on for Joey Votto and he came through with a go-ahead 3-run homer. It was Votto’s 27th homer of the year. Tyler Stephenson followed up with a walk and he came around to score on Kyle Farmer’s double to make it 4-1 for the Reds.
In the 7th inning Cincinnati went back to work. Aristides Aquino led off with a double and he scored when Jonathan India doubled. Nick Castellanos drove in India with a single to extend the Reds lead to 6-1. That was more than enough to get the job done.
Luis Castillo had a no-hitter going until leadoff batter Miguel Rojas took the third pitch of the game and singled on a soft grounder to third base. Rojas, however, headed back to the dugout rather quickly when he tried to steal second and was thrown out by a laser by Tyler Stephenson. Castillo retired the next two batters.
The next inning was a bit of trouble for the Reds starter. A leadoff double was followed by a 1-out single to put runners on the corner. Alex Jackson however lined one back up the middle that Luis Castillo snagged and was easily able to double off Jorge Alfaro at first to end the inning and strand the runners.
After a 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd, Luis Castillo ran into some trouble in the 4th. Two singles sandwiched a walk and led to a Marlins 1-0 lead. That was all Miami got, though. In the 7th inning the Marlins were threatening again after back-to-back singles put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Castillo did what he does, though, getting back-to-back ground outs to end the threat and hold onto a 4-1 lead. That would be the end of the day for Castillo, finishing with a 7-inning, 1-run performance that included seven strikeouts.
Michael Lorenzen took over in the top of the 8th inning and made easy work of the 2-3-4 hitters with a perfect inning of work. Holding a 6-1 lead the Reds turned the final inning over to rookie Tony Santillan. He got Brian Anderson to fly out to start the inning and followed up with strikeouts of Jorge Alfaro and Alex Jackson to end their 2-game losing streak.
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