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Reds limp into All-Star break after being swept by Marlins

Cincinnati Reds’ Ivan De Jesus Jr. (30 congratulates Jay Bruce (32) and Adam Duvall (far right) after they scored on a double by Brandon Phillips in the fourth inning. The Reds took a 3-2 lead but couldn’t hang on as the Miami Marlins rallied for a 7-3 win on Sunday. (Courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds/ Wilfredo Lee — AP)

Cincinnati Reds’ Ivan De Jesus Jr. (30 congratulates Jay Bruce (32) and Adam Duvall (far right) after they scored on a double by Brandon Phillips in the fourth inning. The Reds took a 3-2 lead but couldn’t hang on as the Miami Marlins rallied for a 7-3 win on Sunday. (Courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds/ Wilfredo Lee — AP)

MIAMI (AP) — The Reds were bad on the bases, worse in the field and unlucky at the plate Sunday.

Kind of sums up the season.

Last-place Cincinnati staggered into the All-Star break with another woeful performance, losing to the Miami Marlins 7-3. The defeat completed a series sweep, the first endured by the Reds against the Marlins since 2003 and their first in Miami since 1996.

Marlins All-Star center fielder Marcell Ozuna threw out Brandon Phillips on the bases for the second game in a row. Adeiny Hechavarria scored from second base on a passed ball, a Miami franchise first and one of two unearned runs allowed by Cincinnati.

“We were awful today defensively,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.

In Price’s estimation, flyouts by Zack Cozart and Joey Votto would have cleared the fence in the Reds’ much cozier ballpark.

“We hit some balls hard,” Price said. “This ballpark plays a little differently than our park does.”

It wasn’t too big for Giancarlo Stanton, whose 20th home run put Miami ahead to stay.

Four Marlins relievers combined to allow two baserunners over the final five innings. Mike Dunn (1-1) pitched a perfect fifth to break the franchise record for career pitching appearances with his 369th.

Rookie Cody Reed (0-4) allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings to remain winless in five career starts.

“I just made that one bad pitch — to Stanton,” Reed said. “The guy is getting paid 300-something-million to hit home runs; he does that from time to time.”

Reds starters have an ERA of 5.86 this month. Miami improved to 15-6 against left-handers.

Thanks to three consecutive wins over Cincinnati, the Marlins (47-41) have their best record at the All-Star break since 1997.

Sloppy fielding hurt Cincinnati in the second inning, when Miami scored twice. Miguel Rojas doubled and took advantage of All-Star right fielder Jay Bruce’s poor throw to score on a single by Hechavarria, who took second on the play.

A pitch by Reed then caromed off catcher Tucker Barnhart’s shin guard, and when the ball rolled behind the first-base coaching box, first baseman Votto was slow to react, giving Hechavarria time to score easily.

Miami also scored on a passed ball in Saturday’s win.

The Reds’ first five batters reached on hits in the fourth, but they scored only twice because Phillips was thrown out by Ozuna trying to score from second on a single with none out.

Price credited Ozuna with a perfect throw, but added, “You don’t want to make the first out of the inning at home plate. There’s no doubt about that.”

Cincinnati also allowed catcher J.T. Realmuto to steal second and third in the sixth inning. The first steal came despite a pitchout, and the second came without a throw.

Phillips hit a two-run double despite a hairline fracture in his left hand suffered Friday. Bruce singled home the Reds’ first run in the first.

SUZUKI UPDATE

Marlins pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki crumpled to the dirt when hit on the left knee by a pitch from Raisel Iglesias in the seventh inning, but he stayed in the game. He needs 10 hits for 3,000.

REVERSALS

Umpire Mike Estabrook twice called Marlins out on plays at first base, and both rulings were quickly overturned by replay reviews. The second reversal gave Miguel Rojas an infield single, and he later scored on Realmuto’s two-out single in the sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (elbow surgery), who made a rehab start Thursday at Triple-A Louisville, is expected to pitch again July 15 and July 20 before potentially returning to the Reds, manager Bryan Price said.

UP NEXT

After the break, the Reds return home to face the Milwaukee Brewers for a weekend series that begins Friday. The Reds plan to start, in order, Anthony DeSclafani, John Lamb and Dan Straily. Brandon Finnegan and Reed are scheduled to start the first two games of the following series against Atlanta.

SUNDAY’S GAME

Marlins 3, Reds 1

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Cozart ss 4 1 2 0 0 0 .267

Hamilton cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .236

Votto 1b 3 0 0 0 1 2 .252

Bruce rf 4 1 2 1 0 0 .267

Duvall lf 4 1 1 0 0 2 .249

Phillips 2b 4 0 1 2 0 0 .259

Barnhart c 4 0 1 0 0 0 .269

De Jesus 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .224

Reed p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Smith p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Ohlendorf p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

b-Peraza ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .246

Iglesias p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091

d-Cabrera ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .268

Totals 35 3 9 3 1 6

 

Miami AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Realmuto c 5 1 1 1 0 1 .317

Prado 3b 2 2 1 0 3 1 .324

Yelich lf 5 0 3 1 0 2 .317

Stanton rf 4 1 1 2 1 2 .233

Ozuna cf 3 0 1 0 1 0 .307

Johnson 1b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .236

Wittgren p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

c-Suzuki ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 .335

Barraclough p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

McGowan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Rojas 2b 4 2 2 0 0 1 .257

Hechavarria ss 3 1 1 1 0 0 .238

Koehler p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .071

a-Telis ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Dunn p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Kelly 1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .111

Totals 33 7 10 5 5 12

 

Cincinnati 100 200 000 = 3 9 1

Miami 020 023 00x = 7 10 0

 

a-struck out for Koehler in the 4th. b-popped out for Ohlendorf in the 7th. c-hit by pitch for Wittgren in the 7th. d-grounded out for Iglesias in the 9th.

E—Hamilton (3). LOB—Cincinnati 6, Miami 9. 2B—Phillips (16), Prado (20), Ozuna (12), Rojas (6). HR—Stanton (20), off Reed. RBIs—Bruce (63), Phillips 2 (34), Realmuto (26), Yelich (45), Stanton 2 (50), Hechavarria (27). SB—Realmuto 2 (9). S—Hechavarria.

Runners left in scoring position—Cincinnati 3 (Cozart, Votto, Phillips); Miami 5 (Stanton, Ozuna, Johnson 2, Kelly). RISP—Cincinnati 3 for 8; Miami 4 for 16.

 

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Reed L, 0-4 4 2-3 7 4 3 2 7 98 8.39

Smith 1 3 3 2 1 1 34 5.09

Ohlendorf 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 5 4.07

Iglesias 2 0 0 0 2 4 37 2.66

 

Miami IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Koehler 4 7 3 3 1 2 70 4.50

Dunn W, 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 3.55

Wittgren H, 2 2 2 0 0 0 2 29 2.73

Barraclough 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 3.25

McGowan 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 3.31

 

Inherited runners-scored—Smith 1-0, Ohlendorf 1-0. HBP—Iglesias (Suzuki). WP—Reed. PB—Barnhart (4).

Umpires—Home, Ben May; First, Mike Estabrook; Second, Dana DeMuth; Third, Ed Hickox.

T—3:04. A—22,394 (36,742).