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Ruggiano waited for a high fastball from Chapman and got it, connecting for a solo homer in the ninth inning that sent the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory on Friday night and snapped the Cincinnati Reds' winning streak at four games.
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Stunning all around for the Marlins, who have the worst record in the majors at 4-13 and had managed a total of only four homers combined - also worst in the majors -when Ruggiano came to the plate in the ninth.
"The one thing I didn't want to do is get beat on a high fastball," Ruggiano said.
Cincinnati's spotless closer threw one 94 mph and Ruggiano was right on it, driving a 3-1 pitch to center field for his third homer of the season. No other Marlin has more than one.
Chapman (2-1) hadn't allowed a run in his eight previous appearances, giving up only three hits while fanning 13. It was only the seventh homer Chapman has allowed during his four seasons in the majors.
Ruggiano joined Albert Pujols, Luke Scott, Matt Dominguez, Jose Lopez, Asdrubal Cabrera and Josh Willingham with homers off Chapman. Five of the seven off the left-hander have come at Great American Ball Park.
"You get so used to him being perfect, but that happens a couple of times a year," manager Dusty Baker said. "It doesn't happen very often. That guy took a good pitch to get it to 3-1. He hit a high fastball, trying to catch up to it."
Nick Green had three singles and scored the Marlins' first run on a raw, wet night. It was 46 degrees at the first pitch, and showers moved through during the game. Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton wore a ski mask under his cap.
Reds starter Mat Latos remained winless in four starts this season, which include two blown saves behind him. He allowed one run on six hits and struck out 10, fanning pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs with runners on second and third to end the Marlins' seventh inning and keep it tied.
"It's just frustrating that we got a loss," Latos said. "I did the best I could. The second through the fourth innings, in the cold and rain, you didn't want to be out there. I gave us a chance to win. It's one of those things."
Marlins starter Kevin Slowey remained winless in the majors since 2010, a streak that includes 10 losses, several injuries and very little help from his offense. The Marlins were shut out in his first two starts this season, and managed only one run in his third - after he'd left the game.
This time, the major leagues' least-productive offense got two runners thrown out at the plate and managed one run while Slowey was in the game. He left after six innings, having allowed four hits.
Slowey held down an offense that had scored 11 runs in each of its last two games. Shin-Soo Choo opened the Reds' first with a triple and scored on Joey Votto's sacrifice fly. That was it for Cincinnati.
By contrast, the Marlins got chances against Latos and wasted them.
Miami got him a run in the third, but could have had more. Nick Green and Donovan Solano singled, and Slowey advanced them with a sacrifice bunt. Placido Polanco singled to right for one run, but Solano was thrown out at home by Jay Bruce.
Juan Pierre opened the sixth with a double and advanced on a fly out. He was out at the plate when he tried to score on Stanton's grounder to shortstop Zack Cozart with the infield drawn in. Pierre lowered his shoulder, but catcher Ryan Hanigan held on after making the tag.
|Miami's Justin Ruggiano hit a solo homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning to send the Marlins to victory. (USATSI)|
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|Juan Pierre, LF||4||0||1||0||0||3||2||.210|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.305|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.162|
|Joe Mahoney, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a- Chris Valaika, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.259|
|Rob Brantly, C||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.174|
|Nick Green, SS||4||1||3||0||0||1||0||.750|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.228|
|Kevin Slowey, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|b- Greg Dobbs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.235|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Mahoney in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Slowey in the 7th|
|2B - Juan Pierre (2, Latos)|
|HR - Justin Ruggiano (3, Chapman)|
|SH - Kevin Slowey (2)|
|RBI - Placido Polanco (5), Justin Ruggiano (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (3)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Green-Solano-Mahoney|
|Mike Dunn (W,1-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.25|
|Steve Cishek (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||5.68|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Slowey 82-54, Chad Qualls 13-8, Mike Dunn 11-7, Steve Cishek 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Slowey 4-9, Chad Qualls 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Slowey 22, Chad Qualls 4, Mike Dunn 2, Steve Cishek 4|
|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.339|
|Zack Cozart, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.246|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||2||1||.264|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.313|
|Jay Bruce, RF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.296|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.305|
|Chris Heisey, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.161|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.079|
|Mat Latos, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.111|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Xavier Paul, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Aroldis Chapman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Broxton in the 8th|
|2B - Mat Latos (1, Slowey)|
|3B - Shin-Soo Choo (1, Slowey)|
|SF - Joey Votto (1)|
|RBI - Joey Votto (4)|
|CS - Todd Frazier (1, 2nd base by Qualls/Brantly)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Jay Bruce 1|
|Aroldis Chapman (L,2-1)||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||1.08|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 105-75, Jonathan Broxton 9-7, Aroldis Chapman 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 7-3, Jonathan Broxton 2-0, Aroldis Chapman 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Mat Latos 27, Jonathan Broxton 3, Aroldis Chapman 4|
|Attendance - 26112|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 46|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Field Culbreth|