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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.
"No problem," Ramirez said. "The first couple of days, I was feeling good anyway. It wasn't a big deal."
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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.
|Giancarlo Stanton drives in three runs for Miami, which scored just one in losing its first two games. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.308|
|Emilio Bonifacio, CF||4||3||2||0||1||2||0||.300|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||3||1||1||2||2||0||1||.091|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||5||0||3||3||0||1||1||.231|
|Logan Morrison, LF||3||0||0||0||2||0||2||.167|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||2||6||.091|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||2||3||1||0||0||2||.300|
|John Buck, C||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.200|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Chris Coghlan, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|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|
|DP - Infante-Reyes-G. Sanchez|
|E - Jose Reyes (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Ricky Nolasco (W,1-0)||8||6||3||3||0||5||2||3.38|
|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|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.125|
|Zack Cozart, SS||4||2||3||1||0||0||0||.625|
|Jose Arredondo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||2||1||.286|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.143|
|Jay Bruce, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.143|
|Chris Heisey, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.400|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.167|
|Devin Mesoraco, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Mat Latos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Willie Harris, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sam LeCure, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alfredo Simon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Wilson Valdez, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Ondrusek in the 5th|
|b-grounded out for Simon in the 8th|
|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|
|DP - B. Phillips-Cozart-Votto|
|Mat Latos (L,0-1)||4.2||7||4||4||2||4||1||7.71|
|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|
|Attendance - 41662|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tim McClelland|