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Down 4-0, Reds use Votto's hits to rally past fading Marlins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto pushed the Florida Marlins right to the brink of elimination and gave fans a sweet way to remember the Reds' final home game.

Votto homered and doubled to help Cincinnati rally from a four-run deficit and beat Florida 7-5 on Monday in a makeup game.

The Marlins took a 4-0 lead before giving up six runs in the seventh inning on their way to a third consecutive loss after a nine-game winning streak fanned dreams of a miracle comeback.

"It's tough trying to rebound from those two games," Florida starter Ricky Nolasco said. "Just coming in here for the day and losing that way definitely hurts."

The loss left Florida five games behind New York in the NL wild-card race with six games left.

Votto hit a go-ahead double during a six-run burst in the seventh inning. Jerry Hairston Jr. drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single to tie it, and pinch-hitter Andy Phillips later delivered a two-run single.

"That usually happens any time you can't get one or two outs," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We didn't get the outs, and they took advantage of it."

Aaron Harang (6-16), who pitched a shutout against St. Louis last Wednesday, gave up four runs in seven innings. David Weathers worked the eighth and Francisco Cordero closed for his 33rd save in 39 chances.

"We stuck with him because we were trying to get him the win," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He ended the season on a positive note -- big time."

Harang began the season 1-4 despite a 2.98 ERA and didn't get much run support this season.

"I'm glad we were able to help him out," Votto said. "We owe him, I think."

"It's nice to end the season at home like that," Harang said.

Nolasco allowed leadoff doubles in each of the first two innings, but he kept the Reds scoreless until Votto's solo home run in the sixth inning. Nolasco retired 12 consecutive batters before Votto's 22nd home run.

Nolasco gave up two hits to start the seventh. Andrew Miller (6-10) relieved and took the loss.

The game was a makeup from a rainout May 15.

Left fielder Wilkin Castillo made a leaping catch at the wall on a drive by Hanley Ramirez to lead off the game, but Jeremy Hermida followed with his 17th home run into the right-field seats.

The Marlins took a 3-0 lead in the second on RBI singles by Cameron Maybin and Matt Treanor. Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion saved two more runs with a lunging backhanded grab of Ramirez's liner, the second time in two innings the Marlins' leadoff hitter was robbed of an extra-base hit.

Josh Willingham hit his 12th home run for a 4-0 lead in the third that tied the Marlins' franchise record of 201 set last season.

Notes

  • The earned run given up by Marlins LHP Arthur Rhodes in the seventh was his first in 12 2/3 innings over 23 appearances.
  • Encarnacion started after missing the last five games with a sore left wrist.
  • Ramirez had missed the last four games with a strained left shoulder.
  • Monday's announced attendance of 13,565 boosted the Reds' final attendance to 2,058,632, an improvement of 39 over last year's total.
  • New Orleans will be Florida's Triple-A team for the next two seasons. Albuquerque had been the Marlins' top farm team.
 
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Rookie Joey Votto rounds the bases as his 22nd homer gets the Reds on the board in the sixth inning.  (AP)
Rookie Joey Votto rounds the bases as his 22nd homer gets the Reds on the board in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

J. Willingham
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5000024 .295
Jeremy Hermida, RF3121100 .247
   a- Cody Ross, PH1000011 .260
Wes Helms, 3B4010015 .244
   b- Jorge Cantu, PH1000001 .278
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000023 .248
Dan Uggla, 2B3100101 .262
Josh Willingham, LF4221000 .255
Cameron Maybin, CF4011010 .440
Matt Treanor, C3011010 .233
   c- John Baker, PH0100100 .304
Ricky Nolasco, P2010010 .145
    Andrew Miller, P0000000 .067
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Tucker, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   d- Luis Gonzalez, PH1010000 .263
    Brett Carroll, PR0000000 .059
Totals3559439  
a-struck out for Hermida in the 9th
b-grounded out for Helms in the 9th
c-walked for Treanor in the 9th
d-singled for Pinto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Josh Willingham (20, Harang)
HR - Jeremy Hermida (17, Harang), Josh Willingham (12, Harang)
SH - Ricky Nolasco (9)
RBI - Jeremy Hermida (59), Josh Willingham (46), Cameron Maybin (2), Matt Treanor (21)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham (18)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Matt Treanor (8, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco 6633151 3.55
Andrew Miller (L,6-10)0022100 5.87
Logan Kensing 0.1111010 4.23
Arthur Rhodes 0.2211120 2.08
Ryan Tucker 0.2100010 8.00
Renyel Pinto 0.1000010 4.48
IBB - Keppinger by Arthur Rhodes
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 103-70, Andrew Miller 5-1, Logan Kensing 8-8, Arthur Rhodes 18-9, Ryan Tucker 14-11, Renyel Pinto 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 7-6, Andrew Miller 1-0, Ryan Tucker 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 25, Andrew Miller 2, Logan Kensing 2, Arthur Rhodes 5, Ryan Tucker 3, Renyel Pinto 1
Cincinnati Reds
Jerry Hairston Jr., RF5132000 .332
Wilkin Castillo, LF3000012 .300
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   a- Javier Valentin, PH1000011 .248
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Joey Votto, 1B4222001 .288
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4010023 .256
Jeff Keppinger, SS3010101 .263
Danny Richar, 2B3110001 .231
   b- Andy Phillips, PH-2B1012000 .231
Corey Patterson, CF4110023 .203
Paul Bako, C1000110 .210
   c- Ryan Hanigan, PH-C2101000 .282
Aaron Harang, P2000022 .132
   d- Jolbert Cabrera, PH-LF1100110 .243
Totals347107310  
a-struck out for Weathers in the 8th
b-singled for Richar in the 7th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Bako in the 7th
d-walked for Harang in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (19, Nolasco), Joey Votto (30, Rhodes), Jeff Keppinger (23, Nolasco), Corey Patterson (16, Nolasco)
HR - Joey Votto (22, Nolasco)
SH - Wilkin Castillo (1)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (30), Joey Votto 2 (79), Andy Phillips 2 (10), Ryan Hanigan (9)
2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto (30), Andy Phillips 2 (6)
Team LOB - 7
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (W,6-16) 7844262 4.72
David Weathers (H,18) 1000010 3.18
Francisco Cordero (S,33) 1111120 3.38
IBB - Hermida by Aaron Harang
WP - Francisco Cordero (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 122-78, David Weathers 14-9, Francisco Cordero 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 3-12, David Weathers 1-1, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 31, David Weathers 3, Francisco Cordero 5
Game Information
Attendance - 13565
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Chris Guccione