Marlins 2, Reds 1: Marlins go deep to get past Reds

Chapman gives up home run in ninth inning

By Associated Press  • 
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Todd Frazier of the Reds is tagged out by Donovan Solano of the Marlins while trying to steal second base in the seventh inning.

CINCINNATI — Needing a strike to avoid giving up a walk, left-hander Aroldis Chapman let it fly for the plate. Justin Ruggiano expected it and timed it just right.

Ruggiano waited for a high fastball from Chapman and got it, connecting for a solo home run in the ninth inning that sent the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory last night and snapped the Cincinnati Reds’ winning streak at four games.

It was stunning all around for the Marlins, who have the worst record in the majors at 4-13 and had managed a total of only four homers combined — also worst in the majors — when Ruggiano came to the plate in the ninth.

“The one thing I didn’t want to do is get beat on a high fastball,” Ruggiano said.

Cincinnati’s closer threw one 94 mph and Ruggiano was right on it, driving a 3-and-1 pitch to center field for his third homer of the season. No other Marlin has more than one. Chapman (2-1) hadn’t allowed a run in his eight previous appearances, giving up only three hits while striking out 13. It was only the seventh homer Chapman has allowed during his four seasons in the majors.

“You get so used to him being perfect, but that happens a couple of times a year,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It doesn’t happen very often. That guy took a good pitch to get it to 3-and-1. He hit a high fastball, trying to catch up to it.”

Left-hander Mike Dunn (1-0) got out the last two batters in the eighth. Steve Cishek gave up a hit in the ninth while earning the Marlins’ first save of the season. Nick Green had three singles and scored the Marlins’ first run on a raw, wet night. It was 46 degrees at the first pitch, and showers moved through during the game. Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton wore a ski mask under his cap.

Reds starter Mat Latos remained winless in four starts, which include two blown saves behind him. He allowed one run on six hits and struck out 10, striking out pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs with runners on second and third to end the Marlins’ seventh inning and keep it tied.

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