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MIAMI -- The Cincinnati Reds tied a season high with 17 hits and it was their final one that proved to be the biggest.
"That was a big one for us," Ludwick said. "That's a team fighting to spoil people probably and they gave us all we could handle for three straight days. Just to be able to get that one was very important.
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"We did get a lot of hits," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We left a ton of guys on base, had a lot of opportunities, which is the name of the game. The more opportunities you get, sooner or later you're going to bust through."
Jonathan Broxton came on to pitch the bottom of the 11th for his second save with the Reds.
Carlos Zambrano (7-10) was the Marlins' ninth pitcher of the game when he came on to pitch the 11th. Zambrano, who had not pitched since Sept. 7, issued a lead-off single to Chris Heisey and walked Joey Votto before Ludwick singled through the left side for a 5-4 lead.
"When you lay off that much, you can't ask too much," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "On the other hand my starting pitchers have been throwing seven, eight innings plus the last week, week and a half. That's why the guys in the bullpen have not been pitching that much."
"Ondrusek came in and got a big, big out on Stanton," Baker said.
Donovan Solano drew a two-out walk from Broxton, who got John Buck to fly out to the deepest part of the ballpark to end the game. Buck's deep fly to center field was caught by Drew Stubbs just in front of the 418-foot wall.
"I knew in this ballpark to never give up on it because it's so deep out there," Stubbs said.
"I thought the ball that Reyes hit was a homer," Baker said. "I didn't see where it hit on the wall and I was glad it stayed in the ball park."
Reyes had three hits to lead the Marlins, who were searching for their first three-game sweep since June 29-July 1 when they swept Philadelphia.
"It's tough when you hit the ball good and you think you've got a home run and the ball doesn't go out," Reyes said. "It's kind of tough as a hitter but like I say it is what it is. You have to deal with it."
Latos pitched 7 2-3 innings allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out eight and walked three.
"I tried my best to keep us in," Latos said. "I wound up giving up a lead, that's always aggravating. Seems like that's been the story of the year for me for the most part. We got a 'W' and we have to move forward. That magic number is getting closer and closer."
The Reds' magic number to clinch a playoff spot to begin the day was six over St. Louis and Los Angeles.
Gregorius' RBI single and Brandon Phillips's RBI ground out gave the Reds an early 2-0 lead.
Miami tied the game at 2-all with a two-run triple by Greg Dobbs.
Navarro's RBI single allowed the Reds to re-gain the lead at 3-2.
Cincinnati took a 4-2 lead after an RBI single by Ludwick in the sixth. The Marlins cut the deficit to 4-3 on a sacrifice fly by Donovan Solano.
Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs and 10 hits in five innings. Nolasco had won his last three starts including two shutouts over Washington.
"Obviously, this was not my best day," Nolasco said. "I got singled to death; a lot of ground balls just found the holes but it's part of the game. I just tried to go as deep as I could."
|The Reds continue to roll, with Ryan Ludwick delivering the game-winning single in a victory over the Marlins. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brandon Phillips, 2B||6||1||1||1||0||1||3||.289|
|Chris Heisey, CF-LF||6||1||1||0||0||0||2||.281|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||1||2||0||2||1||1||.338|
|Ryan Ludwick, LF||6||0||3||2||0||1||2||.277|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jay Bruce, RF||6||0||1||0||0||2||6||.257|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||6||1||2||0||0||0||4||.284|
|Dioner Navarro, C||6||1||3||1||0||0||3||.318|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||5||0||3||1||0||0||3||.333|
|Mat Latos, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.203|
|Sam LeCure, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Xavier Paul, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.323|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|a-singled for LeCure in the 10th|
|2B - Todd Frazier (25, Ramos)|
|SH - Mat Latos (9)|
|RBI - Brandon Phillips (75), Ryan Ludwick 2 (79), Dioner Navarro (8), Didi Gregorius (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (33), Dioner Navarro (5)|
|SB - Brandon Phillips (15, 2nd base off Webb/Buck), Jay Bruce (8, 2nd base off Nolasco/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 14|
|DP - B. Phillips-Gregorius-Votto|
|Logan Ondrusek (W,4-2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.24|
|Jonathan Broxton (S,25)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.44|
|IBB - Stanton by Mat Latos|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 106-66, Sam LeCure 16-13, Sean Marshall 17-12, Logan Ondrusek 6-4, Jonathan Broxton 22-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 8-5, Jonathan Broxton 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Mat Latos 31, Sam LeCure 4, Sean Marshall 4, Logan Ondrusek 1, Jonathan Broxton 4|
|Bryan Petersen, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.214|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||4||0||1||0||1||2||1||.322|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||0||3||1||0||0||1||.284|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||3||1||1||0||2||1||2||.283|
|Carlos Lee, 1B||4||2||1||0||1||0||3||.275|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||5||0||1||2||0||1||2||.301|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||3||0||0||1||1||3||2||.278|
|John Buck, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.196|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.173|
|a- Gorkys Hernandez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.157|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dan Jennings, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|A.J. Ramos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Austin Kearns, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|c- Gil Velazquez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.100|
|a-struck out for Nolasco in the 5th|
|b-singled for Dunn in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Bell in the 10th|
|2B - Jose Reyes (33, Latos), Carlos Lee (26, Latos)|
|3B - Greg Dobbs (2, Latos)|
|SF - Donovan Solano (5)|
|SH - Bryan Petersen (4)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes (55), Greg Dobbs 2 (39), Donovan Solano (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (24), Greg Dobbs 2 (18)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Bell-Reyes-Lee|
|E - Greg Dobbs (11, Throwing)|
|Carlos Zambrano (L,7-10)||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||4.52|
|IBB - Votto by Ryan Webb|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 100-62, Ryan Webb 18-10, Dan Jennings 4-2, A.J. Ramos 14-9, Chad Gaudin 13-9, Mike Dunn 5-3, Steve Cishek 10-7, Heath Bell 10-6, Carlos Zambrano 30-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 7-5, Ryan Webb 1-0, Dan Jennings 1-0, A.J. Ramos 1-2, Heath Bell 1-1, Carlos Zambrano 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 26, Ryan Webb 5, Dan Jennings 1, A.J. Ramos 4, Chad Gaudin 2, Mike Dunn 1, Steve Cishek 3, Heath Bell 4, Carlos Zambrano 6|
|Attendance - 24983|
|Game Time - 4:13|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|