If the Marlins can't win a game like this, they're not going to win many at all.
Cincinnati, which leads the NL in homers, overcame an 8-4 deficit despite only one extra-base hit -- Encarnacion's decisive one-out double off Todd Wellemeyer (0-1). The Reds received a lot of help.
Florida (4-10) tied its club record with four homers, but made three errors, walked six batters, hit another and let in a run with a wild pitch.
"It's embarrassing," said manager Joe Girardi, so upset that he called his second postgame meeting in three days. "We can't keep making mistakes. Seventeen days in, we can't keep making mistakes."
The Reds took full advantage, right up to the final pitch.
Cincinnati tied it with three runs in the eighth, and Wellemeyer walked Adam Dunn to open the ninth. Scott Hatteberg singled with one out, and Encarnacion followed with a grounder down the third-base line to score Dunn without a play at the plate.
"My first base hit to win a game in the big leagues," Encarnacion said, still smiling after he was pummeled by teammates.
In the Marlins' opinion, it never should have come to that.
Willis was on the verge of improving to 10-0 career in April when he turned an 8-4 lead over to the bullpen after the sixth. Once again, Florida turned it into a close one and lost it.
Florida is 0-5 in one-run games, the only NL team that has yet to win one. It's a big reason why the major leagues' youngest and least-expensive lineup has only four wins and has yet to win a series this season.
Todd Coffey (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth to get the victory and let Cincinnati take two of three in the series.
"We're definitely beating ourselves up," Willis said. "It was a tough loss. I should have done better. I should have put them on their heels and I didn't."
This one slipped away in the eighth. Matt Herges relieved with the bases loaded and couldn't field Felipe Lopez's comeback grounder, which could have resulted in a home-to-first double play. Instead, the ball kicked away to second baseman Dan Uggla, who then threw it away while trying to get Lopez at first. Brandon Phillips' run-scoring groundout tied it at 8.
Then, the Reds completed a most out-of-character performance -- no homers in a high-scoring game. Cincinnati had 11 singles before Encarnacion's game-ending double.
"It just shows we don't have to hit home runs to win games, either," leadoff hitter Ryan Freel said. "We've shown we can score five or six runs an inning. With this lineup, there's no reason to drop your head and give up."
By contrast, the Marlins tied their club record with four homer, including a three-run shot by Uggla. Miguel Cabrera, Miguel Olivo and Reggie Abercrombie added solo shots -- Abercrombie's first career homer landed 493 feet away in the upper deck in left, the third-longest in Great American Ball Park's four-season history.
Willis came in 4-0 in five career starts against Cincinnati, allowing a total of four earned runs. He gave up four in a ragged fourth inning, when he walked two batters and let in a run with a wild pitch.
Still, the Marlins were in good shape when he left. Or, so they thought.
Two errors, a walk and a hit batter helped the Reds tie it with a run in the seventh and three in the eighth.
The Marlins entered the series with only 10 homers, third-fewest in the NL. They morphed into sluggers in Cincinnati, hitting seven homers in the last two games at a ballpark that gives them up pell-mell.
Their first three came off right-hander Aaron Harang, who lasted only four innings. In his last outing, Harang pitched into the eighth inning of a 1-0 win in St. Louis.
|Edwin Encarnacion makes Adam Dunn and the Reds winners with his ninth-inning double. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.367|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||5||2||3||3||0||0||1||.280|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||2||1||1||1||1||.346|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||0||1||2||1||0||0||.327|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||5||.188|
|Miguel Olivo, C||5||1||2||1||0||1||8||.263|
|Matthew Cepicky, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.400|
|Eric Reed, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.091|
|Reggie Abercrombie, CF-RF||5||1||3||1||0||1||0||.200|
|Dontrelle Willis, P||2||2||1||0||1||0||2||.125|
|a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Herges, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.429|
|Todd Wellemeyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Willis in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Herges in the 9th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (6, Weathers)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (3, Harang), Miguel Cabrera (3, Harang), Miguel Olivo (2, Harang), Reggie Abercrombie (1, Gosling)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (8), Miguel Cabrera (11), Josh Willingham 2 (14), Miguel Olivo (5), Reggie Abercrombie (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (4), Miguel Cabrera (4)|
|CS - Reggie Abercrombie (1, 3rd base by Harang/LaRue)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Uggla-Jacobs, Cabrera-Uggla-Jacobs|
|E - Miguel Cabrera (3, wild throw), Miguel Olivo (1, wild pickoff attempt), Dan Uggla (2, wild throw)|
|Matt Herges (BS,2)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.84|
|Todd Wellemeyer (L,0-1)||0.1||2||1||1||1||0||0||5.06|
|HBP - Freel (by Ricky Nolasco)|
|WP - Dontrelle Willis (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 106-62, Ricky Nolasco 29-15, Matt Herges 14-10, Todd Wellemeyer 14-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 8-3, Ricky Nolasco 1-2, Matt Herges 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 27, Ricky Nolasco 8, Matt Herges 4, Todd Wellemeyer 4|
|Ryan Freel, CF||4||2||2||1||0||0||2||.341|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||0||2||3||0||0||2||.320|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rich Aurilia, SS-2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||4||.277|
|Adam Dunn, LF||3||1||0||1||2||1||1||.280|
|Austin Kearns, RF||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.306|
|Scott Hatteberg, 1B||4||1||3||0||1||0||0||.290|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||2||2||1||1||0||1||.286|
|Jason LaRue, C||3||1||1||0||1||1||3||.333|
|Aaron Harang, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.125|
|a- David Ross, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.316|
|Mike Gosling, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rick White, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Quinton McCracken, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Felipe Lopez, PH-SS||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.267|
|a-walked for Harang in the 4th|
|b-struck out for White in the 6th|
|c-singled for Weathers in the 8th|
|2B - Edwin Encarnacion (6, Wellemeyer)|
|RBI - Ryan Freel (3), Brandon Phillips 3 (7), Adam Dunn (14), Edwin Encarnacion (11), Felipe Lopez (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Freel (1), Brandon Phillips 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Adam Dunn 1|
|DP - B. Phillips-Aurilia-Hatteberg|
|E - Edwin Encarnacion (7, wild throw)|
|Todd Coffey (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.17|
|IBB - Cabrera by David Weathers|
|HBP - Jacobs (by Mike Gosling)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 85-55, Mike Gosling 21-11, Rick White 13-10, David Weathers 30-15, Todd Coffey 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 5-1, Mike Gosling 1-2, Todd Coffey 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 21, Mike Gosling 7, Rick White 5, David Weathers 9, Todd Coffey 3|
|Attendance - 18881|
|Game Time - 3:12|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether|