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Stanton's 3 RBI lift Marlins to first win

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CINCINNATI -- The Miami Marlins went from struggling to get just one hit to trying for one more record-setting hit -- quite an overnight change.

Giancarlo Stanton led Miami out of its early slump, getting three hits and driving in three runs, and the Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Saturday night for their first victory of the season.

Omar Infante, Hanley Ramirez and John Buck homered for the Marlins, who managed a total of one run and seven hits while losing their first two games.

"No problem," Ramirez said. "The first couple of days, I was feeling good anyway. It wasn't a big deal."

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This one nearly ended with a little Marlins history.

Infante had a double and a triple to go along with his homer. Given a chance to become the first Marlin to hit for the cycle, Infante flied out in the ninth inning.

"Lucky day, you know?" Infante said. "I wanted that [cycle]. I want to cry."

Still a whole lot better than the Marlins' first two games.

Stanton, who went by the name "Mike" when he hit 34 homers last season, provided the go-ahead runs with a bases-loaded single off Mat Latos (0-1).

Ricky Nolasco (1-0) gave up six hits in eight innings, including Joey Votto's first homer since signing a new contract with an additional 10 years and $225 million. Zack Cozart had three of Cincinnati's hits with a single, triple and solo homer.

The crowd of 41,662 gave the Reds a pair of sellouts to open the season for the first time since they moved into Great American Ball Park in 2003.

Miami's pitching has been exemplary in the first three games. The offense has been the problem.

Manager Ozzie Guillen went around the Marlins clubhouse before the game and told his hitters to calm down and not try to do too much at the plate, a lineup-wide problem during the first two games.

Advice heeded. The Marlins calmed down and broke out against the Reds' biggest offseason acquisition.

Reds gave up a package of four players, including a pair of first-round picks and starter Edinson Volquez, to get Latos from the Padres in the offseason. His first start in Cincinnati was a disappointment.

"A new ballclub, a new season, I wanted to do well for the fans," Latos said. "When runners got on base, I tried to be too perfect. Instead of locating my fastball, I tried to be too fine. I was trying to be too perfect with my new ballclub."

Stanton's RBI double in the fourth ended the Marlins' streak of 13 scoreless innings and provided their first lead of the season.

Infante led off the fifth with Miami's first homer of the season. Stanton's single with the bases loaded drove in two more for a 4-2 lead, ending Latos' outing. The Marlins stole three bases off Latos, who gave up seven hits and walked two.

Ramirez's two-run shot off Sam LeCure in the seventh made it 6-2 and gave Miami its first double-digit hits game. Buck hit another two-run shot in the eighth.

"It's nice to see those guys swinging the bat and building a little confidence," Guillen said.

The day started roughly for Guillen, who apologized for telling Time magazine that he loves Fidel Castro and respects him for surviving as Cuba's leader for so long. The club also issued a statement saying there is "nothing to respect" about the dictator.

Notes

  • The Reds presented 2B Brandon Phillips and 1B Votto their 2011 Gold Gloves before the game.
  • Josh Hutcherson, a native of Union, Ky., and star of The Hunger Games, threw a ceremonial pitch that hopped the plate. He also received a bat from Phillips.
  • Carlos Zambrano makes his first start for the Marlins in the final game of the series on Sunday against Bronson Arroyo. Zambrano is 10-3 career in Cincinnati. He struggled with his control in his last two spring training outings. "I'm concerned about it," Guillen said.
  • Arroyo will be trying to keep the ball in the park. He gave up a club-record 46 homers last season.
 
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Giancarlo Stanton drives in three runs for Miami, which scored just one in losing its first two games. (Getty Images)
Giancarlo Stanton drives in three runs for Miami, which scored just one in losing its first two games. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Miami

O. Infante
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

Z. Cozart
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5110012 .308
Emilio Bonifacio, CF4320120 .300
Hanley Ramirez, 3B3112201 .091
Giancarlo Stanton, RF5033011 .231
Logan Morrison, LF3000202 .167
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5000026 .091
Omar Infante, 2B5231002 .300
John Buck, C4112011 .200
Ricky Nolasco, P4010021 .250
    Chris Coghlan, LF0000000 .000
Totals38812859  
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (1, Latos), Giancarlo Stanton (1, Latos), Omar Infante (1, Latos)
3B - Omar Infante (1, Simon)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (1, LeCure), Omar Infante (1, Latos), John Buck (1, Simon)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (2), Giancarlo Stanton 3 (3), Omar Infante (1), John Buck 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Giancarlo Stanton 2 (2)
SB - Jose Reyes (1, 3rd base off Latos/Mesoraco), Emilio Bonifacio 2 (2, 2nd base off Latos/Mesoraco, 2nd base off Latos/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Infante-Reyes-G. Sanchez
E - Jose Reyes (1, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (W,1-0) 8633052 3.38
Heath Bell 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 101-69, Heath Bell 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 15-4
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 30, Heath Bell 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000001 .125
Zack Cozart, SS4231000 .625
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
Joey Votto, 1B4112021 .286
Scott Rolen, 3B4000011 .143
Jay Bruce, RF4000020 .143
Chris Heisey, LF4010010 .400
Drew Stubbs, CF3000001 .167
Devin Mesoraco, C3010001 .333
Mat Latos, P0000000 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   a- Willie Harris, PH1000000 .000
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Simon, P0000000 .000
   b- Wilson Valdez, PH-SS1000000 .000
Totals3236306  
a-flied out for Ondrusek in the 5th
b-grounded out for Simon in the 8th
Batting
3B - Zack Cozart (1, Nolasco)
HR - Zack Cozart (1, Nolasco), Joey Votto (1, Nolasco)
SH - Mat Latos (1)
RBI - Zack Cozart (1), Joey Votto 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Zack Cozart (1)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Cozart-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos (L,0-1) 4.2744241 7.71
Logan Ondrusek 0.1000100 0.00
Sam LeCure 2322001 9.00
Alfredo Simon 1222031 18.00
Jose Arredondo 1000220 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 81-51, Logan Ondrusek 9-4, Sam LeCure 36-23, Alfredo Simon 15-12, Jose Arredondo 27-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 5-4, Logan Ondrusek 1-0, Sam LeCure 3-3
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 22, Logan Ondrusek 2, Sam LeCure 9, Alfredo Simon 5, Jose Arredondo 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41662
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tim McClelland