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Reds rip Marlins, Cingrani gets first big-league win

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CINCINNATI -- Tony Cingrani might have been a little too relaxed for his first big-league start. With the way the Reds have been hitting, that's understandable.

Shin-Soo Choo singled, doubled and scored twice, helping Cingrani get a victory in his starting debut, and the Reds won their fourth in a row by beating the Miami Marlins 11-1 on Thursday night.

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Cincinnati's winning streak has featured stingy starting pitching. The 23-year-old Cingrani needed a lot of pitches, but kept up the trend.

"If anything, I might've been a little too relaxed," he said. "It's a different mindset. Around the fifth, I started feeling comfortable. Giving up one run in five innings is not too bad."

The left-hander gave up five hits, including Justin Ruggiano's homer, while striking out eight and throwing 102 pitches. Reds manager Dusty Baker gave him a congratulatory handshake and a big smile when he reached the dugout after fanning Greg Dobbs to end the fifth.

"Unbelievable," Cingrani said. "I'm happy to get it out of the way."

Cingrani got the better of a matchup of two up-and-coming starters. Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez (0-1) lasted only four innings, giving up five runs and seven hits while taking his first big-league loss.

"It's not going to be the last time," Fernandez said. "I'll just try to get better."

Miami fell to 3-13, worst in the majors. The Marlins have been shut out or limited to one run in nine games.

Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was back in the lineup after missing six games with a bruised left shoulder. He committed two errors, including one that let a run score.

It was the right time and place for Cincinnati to start a rookie. The Reds have the best home record in the majors at 8-2.

And, they've been on quite a splurge offensively. They've scored 22 runs with 27 hits in their last two games. It's the first time they've had back-to-back games with at least 11 runs since they beat Houston 12-2 and 15-6 at Great American Ball Park in 2010.

Cingrani didn't have to be sensational to come out a winner.

"He gave us what we needed, and we gave him what he needed," Baker said.

The 20-year-old Fernandez had allowed only one run in his first two major league starts, giving up a total of five hits to the Mets and Phillies. He fanned Choo on a 97 mph fastball to open the Reds' first, quite a start.

He didn't do so well the second time through the order. Choo and Zack Cozart singled with two outs in the third. Fernandez threw a wild pitch that allowed Choo to score from third.

It fell apart for Fernandez in the fourth, when Cincinnati sent eight batters to the plate for four runs. The Reds put together a walk, three singles, Choo's RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Devin Mesoraco for a 5-1 lead, ending Fernandez's outing.

"He's got great stuff," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "The big leagues are tough. It's tough to pitch. We've got scouts, we've got video. Believe me, it's not like he's a secret anymore. The word is out."

Todd Frazier added a two-run homer off John Maine as the Reds pulled away.

The Marlins came in with a .209 batting average, 32 runs and three homers, all the lowest marks in the majors. The series opener on Thursday represented a chance to nudge those numbers up -- facing a rookie pitcher in a homer-friendly ballpark with the wind blowing out to left field.

Ruggiano hit a solo shot to left in the fourth inning, making him the first Marlins player with more than one homer this season. He was the only Marlin to reach third base.

Cingrani made three relief appearances for the Reds last September and was first in line for a promotion if the Reds needed a starter. He took the place of Johnny Cueto, who went on the 15-day disabled list.

Notes

  • Miami put SS Adeiny Hechavarria on the 15-day DL with a sore throwing arm and called up INF Nick Green from Triple-A New Orleans.
  • The Reds optioned reliever Justin Freeman to Triple-A Louisville to open a roster spot for Cingrani.
  • Redmond on what it would be like if Great American had a home run sculpture like the one at Marlins Park: "That thing would be going nonstop. They'd have to have a backup generator."
 
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Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo slides in safely under the tag of Marlins starter Jose Fernandez. (USATSI)
Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo slides in safely under the tag of Marlins starter Jose Fernandez. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Miami

J. Ruggiano
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

T. Frazier
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, LF4020011 .161
Chris Valaika, SS4000022 .250
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3010120 .182
Placido Polanco, 3B3000114 .309
Greg Dobbs, 1B4000025 .240
Justin Ruggiano, CF3121110 .260
Rob Brantly, C4000011 .186
Donovan Solano, 2B4010011 .222
Jose Fernandez, P1000011 .250
    John Maine, P0000000 .000
   a- Austin Kearns, PH1000000 .125
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
Totals31161312  
a-grounded out for Maine in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (1, Cingrani)
HR - Justin Ruggiano (2, Cingrani)
SH - Jose Fernandez (3)
RBI - Justin Ruggiano (8)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Solano-Valaika-Dobbs
E - Giancarlo Stanton 2 (3, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Fernandez (L,0-1) 4655340 3.60
John Maine 2466531 12.27
Jon Rauch 1000020 4.70
A.J. Ramos 1200020 3.72
IBB - Mesoraco by John Maine
WP - Jose Fernandez (1), John Maine (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Fernandez 79-46, John Maine 57-28, Jon Rauch 10-8, A.J. Ramos 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Fernandez 6-2, John Maine 1-1, A.J. Ramos 1-0
Batters Faced - Jose Fernandez 21, John Maine 14, Jon Rauch 3, A.J. Ramos 5
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF4221110 .345
Zack Cozart, SS4022110 .246
Joey Votto, 1B3010202 .280
Brandon Phillips, 2B5110034 .333
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Jay Bruce, RF2310210 .294
   a- Derrick Robinson, PH-RF1000011 .286
Todd Frazier, 3B3322110 .298
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Simon, P00000001.000
   b- Cesar Izturis, PH-2B1010000 .250
Xavier Paul, LF3111003 .294
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   c- Jack Hannahan, PH-3B2000012 .462
Devin Mesoraco, C2101110 .235
Tony Cingrani, P2000001 .000
   d- Chris Heisey, PH-LF2011010 .170
Totals3411128811  
a-struck out for Bruce in the 8th
b-singled for Simon in the 8th
c-struck out for LeCure in the 6th
d-singled for Cingrani in the 5th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (4, Fernandez)
HR - Todd Frazier (5, Maine)
SF - Devin Mesoraco (1)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (8), Zack Cozart 2 (10), Todd Frazier 2 (14), Xavier Paul (7), Devin Mesoraco (4), Chris Heisey (4)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (1), Zack Cozart (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Cozart-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tony Cingrani (W,1-0) 5511381 1.80
Sam LeCure 1000020 1.50
J.J. Hoover 1000010 5.40
Alfredo Simon 1000010 5.63
Jonathan Broxton 1100000 9.53
Pitches-Strikes - Tony Cingrani 102-65, Sam LeCure 17-11, J.J. Hoover 11-8, Alfredo Simon 11-8, Jonathan Broxton 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony Cingrani 4-3, J.J. Hoover 2-0, Alfredo Simon 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Tony Cingrani 23, Sam LeCure 3, J.J. Hoover 3, Alfredo Simon 3, Jonathan Broxton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14916
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Adrian Johnson