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Renteria's single caps Reds' comeback vs. Marlins

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CINCINNATI -- Edgar Renteria has gotten the game-winning hit in Game 7 of the World Series. Getting a winning hit in April still thrills him, too.

Renteria came up with a pinch-hit single with two outs in the 10th inning Saturday night, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 comeback win over the Florida Marlins.

"It's always good when you can get a hit to win the game," the 15-year veteran said.

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Renteria's 11th-inning single in 1997 lifted the Florida Marlins over Cleveland for the championship. He also was the World Series MVP last year after hitting a late three-run homer in the clinching victory for San Francisco over Texas.

Marlins starter Josh Johnson left after seven innings, and reliever Randy Choate took over in the eighth with a 3-0 lead. Choate got two outs before Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb gave up three runs in the inning.

The Reds loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against rookie Michael Dunn (1-1) with walks to Brandon Phillips and Jonny Gomes and the pitcher's error on Miguel Cairo's sacrifice bunt.

The Marlins brought in center fielder Chris Coghlan as an extra infielder, but he returned to the outfield after Ramon Hernandez grounded into a forceout at the plate. Paul Janish popped up before Renteria singled through the hole into left field.

The NL Central champion Reds avoided falling below .500 for the first time since they were 14-15 last May 7.

"Almost doesn't count," Dunn said. "It was bad pitching. Free passes hurt. J.J. pitched his butt off tonight."

Manager Dusty Baker considered using Renteria as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

"I decided to save him," Baker said. "Edgar's done that many, many times."

Francisco Cordero (1-0) allowed one hit over the last two innings to earn the win.

After Choate struck out two batters, Mujica relieved. Phillips doubled and scored on Gomes' single, and Cairo added an RBI single. After Hernandez chopped an infield single, Webb relieved and gave up Janish's tying single.

Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez was surprised by his relievers' breakdown.

"The bullpen has been so reliable," Rodriguez said. "Mujica and Webb got ahead in the count but couldn't put them away. They had a tough night. We faced a good hitting team. We have to give them credit."

Johnson allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six batters. He was pulled after 117 pitches.

"That was real big," Baker said. "We were hoping to get his pitch count up. We fouled off a lot of pitches. We were happy when he left the game."

Control problems limited Cincinnati starter Edinson Volquez to five innings. He allowed just two hits with five walks and four strikeouts.

Volquez, who averaged 32 pitches per first inning in his first four starts of the season, showed signs of more trouble this time. He opened the game by walking Coghlan, who stole second and scored on Omar Infante's single. One out later, Volquez walked Gaby Sanchez before getting Mike Stanton to hit into an inning-ending double play.

The Marlins rode Aroldis Chapman's control problems to two runs in the eighth. Chapman walked three consecutive batters with one out before Wes Helms came off the bench and doubled into the left-center field gap.

Johnson, who hadn't allowed a hit in the first three innings of any of his first five starts, wasn't as dominant in his first start of the season against the Reds. Opposing batters were 0 for 47 with four walks and 21 strikeouts in the first three innings against Johnson before Joey Votto and Phillips came up with back-to-back two-out singles.

"We have to win that game," said Johnson, who lowered his season ERA to 0.88. "I had to battle the first three innings. I was inconsistent."

Votto's hit extended his streak of consecutive games reaching base at least once with a hit, a walk or being hit by a pitch to 27, seven shy of tying the club record of 34 set by Dave Collins in 1981.

Janish doubled with two outs in the second, but Volquez grounded out to end the inning. Jay Bruce and Votto drew back-to-back one-out walks in the third, but Phillips struck out and Gomes flied out.

Notes

  • Infante left the game in the middle of the fifth inning with a right hamstring cramp.
  • Votto, a Toronto native, received the 2010 Tip O'Neill Award before Saturday's game. The award is given annually by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to a Canada native judged to have enjoyed the best season while "adhering to baseball's highest ideals."
  • Reds RHP Homer Bailey threw 91 pitches -- 59 strikes -- in 6 1/3 innings of his third rehab start with Triple-A Louisville. Bailey, sidelined since the start of the season with shoulder problems, allowed one run on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
 
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Cincinnati's Edgar Renteria watches his single that scores the winning run in the 10th inning.  (AP)
Cincinnati's Edgar Renteria watches his single that scores the winning run in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

W. Helms
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Cincinnati

J. Gomes
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, CF3100203 .287
Omar Infante, 2B3021000 .238
    Scott Cousins, LF2000011 .143
Hanley Ramirez, SS4100123 .200
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3100201 .293
Mike Stanton, RF4000112 .235
Greg Dobbs, 3B3000000 .325
   a- Wes Helms, PH-3B2012010 .269
John Buck, C3000113 .202
Emilio Bonifacio, LF-2B4010024 .318
Josh Johnson, P2000111 .143
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   b- Ozzie Martinez, PH1010000 .333
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
Totals3435389  
a-doubled for Dobbs in the 8th
b-singled for Webb in the 9th
Batting
2B - Wes Helms (3, Chapman)
RBI - Omar Infante (10), Wes Helms 2 (2)
SB - Chris Coghlan (2, 2nd base off Volquez/Hernandez)
CS - Chris Coghlan (2, 2nd base by Volquez/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Mike Dunn (1, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Johnson 7500260 0.88
Randy Choate (H,4) 0.2000020 1.93
Edward Mujica0433000 6.10
Ryan Webb (BS,3) 0.1100000 2.70
Mike Dunn (L,1-1) 1.2110200 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 117-75, Randy Choate 7-6, Edward Mujica 8-7, Ryan Webb 6-4, Mike Dunn 33-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 8-7, Ryan Webb 1-0, Mike Dunn 3-3
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 28, Randy Choate 2, Edward Mujica 4, Ryan Webb 2, Mike Dunn 9
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF5000030 .257
Jay Bruce, RF4000110 .237
Joey Votto, 1B4010110 .372
Brandon Phillips, 2B4120110 .355
Jonny Gomes, LF4211114 .200
Miguel Cairo, 3B4121000 .278
Ramon Hernandez, C5020004 .296
Paul Janish, SS5021004 .289
Edinson Volquez, P2000012 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeremy Hermida, PH1000000 .063
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Heisey, PH1000002 .235
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
   c- Edgar Renteria, PH1011000 .333
Totals40411448  
a-grounded out for Bray in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Chapman in the 8th
c-singled for Cordero in the 10th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (7, Mujica), Paul Janish (4, Johnson)
SH - Miguel Cairo (1)
RBI - Jonny Gomes (17), Miguel Cairo (8), Paul Janish (10), Edgar Renteria (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jonny Gomes (4), Miguel Cairo (4), Paul Janish (3), Edgar Renteria (2)
SB - Jay Bruce (4, 3rd base off Johnson/Buck), Joey Votto (4, 2nd base off Johnson/Buck)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Janish-Votto
E - Edinson Volquez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez 5211540 5.67
Logan Ondrusek 1.2100000 1.13
Bill Bray 0.1000000 0.84
Aroldis Chapman 1122330 1.42
Francisco Cordero (W,1-0) 2100020 1.50
WP - Aroldis Chapman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 102-58, Logan Ondrusek 21-14, Bill Bray 5-3, Aroldis Chapman 36-18, Francisco Cordero 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 4-6, Logan Ondrusek 4-1, Bill Bray 1-0, Francisco Cordero 4-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 21, Logan Ondrusek 6, Bill Bray 1, Aroldis Chapman 7, Francisco Cordero 7
Game Information
Attendance - 40286
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Chad Fairchild