Rain delay, Votto can’t save Reds from another loss


Miami Marlins runner J.T. Realmuto, left, beats the throw to Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart to score on an RBI sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro off starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan in the second inning of the Marlins’ 8-5 win over the Reds on Sunday in Cincinnati.

Miami Marlins runner J.T. Realmuto, left, beats the throw to Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart to score on an RBI sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro off starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan in the second inning of the Marlins’ 8-5 win over the Reds on Sunday in Cincinnati.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Starlin Castro drove in three runs for the second straight game, Cameron Maybin added two hits and two RBIs and the Miami Marlins won their fourth straight series, holding on for an 8-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

J.T. Realmuto reached base four times and scored twice for the Marlins, who won the last two games of the series after losing Friday’s opener.

Joey Votto had a two-run homer among his four hits and four RBIs, but couldn’t keep the Reds from slipping to 8-26 for the third time in franchise history and first since 1934. Votto’s third-inning opposite-field homer to left snapped Cincinnati’s 18-inning scoreless streak.

Each team committed two errors with both of Miami’s coming in the ninth.

A 73-minute rain delay after the fourth inning cost Dan Straily a shot at his first win of the season. In his second start since coming off the disabled list, the former Reds right-hander allowed two runs, three hits and four walks with two strikeouts in four innings.

Nick Wittgren (1-0) took over and struck out four while giving up one hit in two innings. Tayron Guerrero allowed a run in the seventh and Kyle Barraclough pitched a scoreless eighth, but the Reds scored two against Junichi Tazawa before Brad Ziegler came on to earn his fourth save.

Castro delivered a two-run single as the Marlins sent nine batters to the plate against left-hander Brandon Finnegan, who threw 39 pitches in the four-run first inning. Finnegan walked three and second baseman Scooter Gennett committed a throwing error in the inning.

Finnegan (0-3) lasted 3 1/3 innings in his fifth start since coming off the disabled list. He gave up five runs, four hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani was scheduled to throw on the side at extended spring training in Arizona on Sunday, two days after throwing 29 pitches over two innings. DeSclafani strained his left oblique in spring training.

Tonight, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey (0-4) makes his 200th career start in the opener of a three-game series against the Mets in Cincinnati.

Miami Marlins runner J.T. Realmuto, left, beats the throw to Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart to score on an RBI sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro off starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan in the second inning of the Marlins’ 8-5 win over the Reds on Sunday in Cincinnati.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_RedsPlate-1.jpgMiami Marlins runner J.T. Realmuto, left, beats the throw to Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart to score on an RBI sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro off starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan in the second inning of the Marlins’ 8-5 win over the Reds on Sunday in Cincinnati.

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