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Naquin homers twice, Reds beat Marlins 3-1 to comb sequence

Tyler Naquin hit two solo homers and Vladimir Gutierrez pitched seven efficient innings, serving to the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Sunday for a sweep of their four-game sequence.

Naquin’s leadoff shot prolonged his hitting streak to 12 video games. He added his 18th homer within the eighth, making it 3-1 when he drove an 0-2 fastball from Anthony Bass into the seats in right-center.

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Cincinnati gained for the sixth time in eight video games. It additionally moved a recreation forward of San Diego for the second NL wild card when the Padres misplaced 7-Four to Philadelphia.

Subsequent up for the second-place Reds is a three-game set at NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

“There’s simply probably not a greater time of 12 months for a baseball participant,” Reds supervisor David Bell mentioned. “It is not even shut. That is what it’s all about.”

Miami wasted a pointy efficiency by Sandy Alcantara (7-11) in its seventh straight loss. Alcantara struck out a career-high 11 whereas working seven innings of two-run ball.

The sport was tied at 1 when Mike Moustakas led off the fifth with a drive to proper for his fifth homer, stopping an 0-for-26 slide, the longest of his profession.

“I have been struggling just a little bit on the plate so to get a house run or a success generally felt fairly good, however to get the go-ahead homer was enormous not just for me however for the boys,” Moustakas mentioned. “The man who was throwing in the present day, as nasty as his stuff was, it was a giant spot within the recreation for us.”

Gutierrez (9-4) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked one. Lucas Sims received three outs earlier than Michael Lorenzen pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

“The beginning pitching on our staff has been a relentless,” Bell mentioned. “We have had that, and you may by no means take it without any consideration. (Gutierrez), being one these starters, has made the many of the alternatives.”

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“They appear to be battling,” Miami supervisor Don Mattingly mentioned when requested concerning the dropping streak. “I do know we’re in a troublesome spot. I do know we’re taking part in totally different individuals. I really feel like guys are persevering with to prepare.”

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Bell mentioned Naquin’s leadoff homer “modified the complexion of the sport,” contemplating how nicely Alcantara was throwing.

“We noticed what he may do after that and it was fairly spectacular. It was the house runs in the present day, however the first one might need been an important,” he mentioned.

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Naquin, who was moved as much as the leadoff spot as a result of Jonathan India received the break day, related for his third leadoff homer of the season. He doubled 3 times throughout Saturday evening’s 7-Four victory.

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Reds: LHP Wade Miley’s leg seemed to be bothering him after he delivered a pitch Saturday. He stayed within the recreation. Bell mentioned it does not look like severe, however Miley is being checked out additional.

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Marlins: After an off day, Miami opens a three-game sequence in opposition to visiting Washington on Tuesday. It sees the Reds once more subsequent weekend.

Reds: Following the primary off day after 20 straight video games, the Reds start a essential sequence Tuesday evening in opposition to the Brewers. Proper-hander Tyler Mahle (10-4, 3.78 ERA) is anticipated to begin the opener in opposition to right-hander Corbin Burnes (8-4, 2.13 ERA).

“If we are able to go up there and sweep them, it may make issues actual attention-grabbing,” Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson mentioned.

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