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Marlins waste four homers, blow lead, fall to Reds

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Four Florida homers. Unbeaten-in-April Dontrelle Willis on the mound. A late four-run lead.

If the Marlins can't win a game like this, they're not going to win many at all.

Edwin Encarnacion's run-scoring double in the ninth inning completed the Cincinnati Reds' comeback for a 9-8 victory Wednesday over the NL's least-successful team.

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.

Notes

  • Abercrombie broke an 0-for-22 slump during the Marlins' 12-6 win on Tuesday night, then went on a 5-for-9 tear.
  • Before the game, Cincinnati optioned RH reliever Mike Burns to Triple-A Louisville and called up LHP Michael Gosling.
  • Gosling got into the game in the fifth and hit Mike Jacobs in the helmet. Jacobs wasn't hurt. Gosling hit Pittsburgh's Sean Casey in the helmet during a spring training game.
  • After the game, the Reds optioned Gosling back to Louisville. They plan to call up left-hander Brian Shackelford on Thursday.
 
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Edwin Encarnacion makes Adam Dunn and the Reds winners with his ninth-inning double.  (AP)
Edwin Encarnacion makes Adam Dunn and the Reds winners with his ninth-inning double. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5120012 .367
Dan Uggla, 2B5233001 .280
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4121111 .346
Josh Willingham, LF4012100 .327
Mike Jacobs, 1B3000125 .188
Miguel Olivo, C5121018 .263
Matthew Cepicky, RF4010021 .400
    Eric Reed, CF1000000 .091
Reggie Abercrombie, CF-RF5131010 .200
Dontrelle Willis, P2210102 .125
   a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH1000000 .300
    Ricky Nolasco, P0000000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000010 .429
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .000
Totals4081584920 
a-lined out for Willis in the 7th
b-struck out for Herges in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Uggla-Jacobs, Cabrera-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Miguel Cabrera (3, wild throw), Miguel Olivo (1, wild pickoff attempt), Dan Uggla (2, wild throw)
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis 6644460 2.92
Ricky Nolasco 1342100 4.50
Matt Herges (BS,2) 1100000 2.84
Todd Wellemeyer (L,0-1) 0.1211100 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
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF4221002 .341
Brandon Phillips, 2B5023002 .320
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
Rich Aurilia, SS-2B5010004 .277
Adam Dunn, LF3101211 .280
Austin Kearns, RF5000023 .306
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4130100 .290
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4221101 .286
Jason LaRue, C3110113 .333
Aaron Harang, P1000013 .125
   a- David Ross, PH0100100 .316
    Mike Gosling, P0000000 .000
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
   b- Quinton McCracken, PH1000010 .200
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   c- Felipe Lopez, PH-SS1111000 .267
Totals3691276619 
a-walked for Harang in the 4th
b-struck out for White in the 6th
c-singled for Weathers in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Dunn 1
DP - B. Phillips-Aurilia-Hatteberg
E - Edwin Encarnacion (7, wild throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang 4955153 6.35
Mike Gosling 1.1122111 13.50
Rick White 0.2411000 5.59
David Weathers 2100210 4.05
Todd Coffey (W,1-0) 1000020 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
Game Information
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