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Cincinnati at Florida

W: R. Tucker (1-0) L: A. Harang (2-9)
HR: CIN - C. Patterson (5)   FLA - H. Ramirez (13), H. Ramirez (14)

Ramirez homers twice, helps Marlins' rookie win debut

CBSSports.com wire reports

MIAMI -- Hanley Ramirez has rediscovered his power stroke. Ken Griffey Jr. is still trying to find his.

Ramirez homered twice and Ryan Tucker pitched five effective innings to win in his major league debut, leading the Florida Marlins past the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 on Sunday.

"I don't think about hitting home runs at all," Ramirez said. "I just think about staying inside the ball."

Griffey remained one home run shy of becoming the sixth player to reach 600 for a career after going 0-for-1 with two walks. He was replaced in the middle of the seventh, and hasn't homered since May 31.

Ramirez hit two two-run homers off Aaron Harang (2-9), giving him five in his past five games. Dan Uggla had two doubles and three RBI, and Jorge Cantu added two hits and an RBI for the Marlins.

Tucker (1-0) allowed one run, two hits, five walks -- one intentional -- and struck out six in five innings. The right-hander was selected from Double-A Carolina of the Southern League before the game.

"The young man over there threw the ball pretty good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He was wild; he was effectively wild."

After learning of his promotion Friday night, Tucker said he spent Saturday trying to corral his nerves and listening to his minor-league teammates warning him about pitching to Griffey.

"They were saying, 'Don't give it up, don't give it up,"' Tucker said. "I just tried to let that go. As awesome as it would have been for him to get No. 600, I didn't want to be the one to give it up."

Harang gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- and 11 hits while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings. He has dropped his last four decisions.

"I don't have a feel for anything right now," Harang said. "Leaving pitches over the plate, it's just not normal for me. I've got to work on some stuff and figure out what it is and go from there."

Ramirez's two-run homer and Uggla's two-run double in the fifth helped the Marlins build a 6-1 lead. Florida added three more runs in the sixth to pull away.

Ramirez has increased his production since returning to the leadoff spot May 21 after batting .268 while hitting third.

"With that kind of talent, and him getting on base like that, he's always a threat," Uggla said. "If we're going to be successful, that's what we need."

Cincinnati's Corey Patterson, hitting where Griffey had been in the lineup, homered to lead off the eighth to make it 9-2.

Harang's two-out run-scoring single in the second gave the Reds a 1-0 lead. Florida tied it on Cantu's RBI single with two outs in the third.

The Marlins took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Cody Ross' sacrifice fly scored Uggla.


  • Griffey left the stadium without speaking to reporters. Baker said he expected Griffey to be in the lineup for Monday night's series finale.
  • Patterson's homer snapped an 0-for-24 skid.
  • The multihomer effort was Ramirez's third of the season and seventh overall.
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No, no, no Hanley, you hit two homers against the Reds for your third multihomer game of the year.  (AP)
No, no, no Hanley, you hit two homers against the Reds for your third multihomer game of the year. (AP)

Players of the Game

R. Tucker
IP 5.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 5
K 6

H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2

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Cincinnati Reds
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    Corey Patterson, CF1111000 .197
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Joey Votto, 1B4000042 .276
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3000021 .233
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2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (13, Tucker)
HR - Corey Patterson (5, Miller)
RBI - Corey Patterson (14), Aaron Harang (1)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Harang (1)
Team LOB - 7
PB - David Ross (3)
Cincinnati Reds
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 5-8, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0
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Florida Marlins
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Jeremy Hermida, RF5220002 .264
Jorge Cantu, 3B4021001 .287
Wes Helms, 1B4110113 .248
Dan Uggla, 2B3123000 .310
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000014 .283
Cody Ross, CF3011001 .230
Mike Rabelo, C4110031 .223
Ryan Tucker, P1000011 .000
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    Joe Nelson, P1100001 .000
   b- Mike Jacobs, PH1000011 .246
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Tucker in the 5th
b-struck out for Nelson in the 7th
2B - Jorge Cantu (16, Harang), Dan Uggla 2 (23, Harang, Harang), Cody Ross (5, Bray)
HR - Hanley Ramirez 2 (14, Harang, Harang)
SF - Dan Uggla (3), Cody Ross (3)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 4 (31), Jorge Cantu (34), Dan Uggla 3 (44), Cody Ross (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (16)
SB - Jeremy Hermida (1, 2nd base off Harang/Ross)
Team LOB - 7
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Helms
Florida Marlins
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Justin Miller 1111021 4.35
Kevin Gregg 1000020 2.37
IBB - Griffey by Ryan Tucker
HBP - Encarnacion (by Ryan Tucker)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Tucker 89-45, Joe Nelson 35-20, Justin Miller 13-9, Kevin Gregg 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Tucker 5-3, Joe Nelson 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Tucker 22, Joe Nelson 7, Justin Miller 4, Kevin Gregg 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12444
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Marvin Hudson