Cincinnati at Miami

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MIAMI -- Shin-Soo Choo's first home run landed in the nightclub beyond the left-field fence, catching by surprise revelers distracted by the Miami Heat on TV.

His second homer dropped into the right-field bullpen amid Marlins relievers, who saw ball coming.

Clearing the hard-to-reach fence both ways, Choo went 4 for 5 Wednesday and helped the Cincinnati Reds extend their winning streak to a season-best five games by beating Miami 4-0.

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Mike Leake and three relievers combined on an 11-hitter for the Reds.

Choo hit solo homers in the fourth and sixth inning, giving him nine this season. His ninth career multihomer game came in a spacious stadium where sluggers tend to struggle.

"This ballpark is big," Choo said. "Some balls fly, some don't. I'm not thinking about hitting homers. I'm just swinging hard."

The two-homer effort was his second in eight days, but he came into the game batting only .225 in May.

"I haven't been feeling great," he said, "but tonight I hit the ball on the barrel."

Leake (3-2) went 6 2/3 innings, pitched around nine hits and lowered his ERA to 3.72. Reds ace Johnny Cueto is expected to return next week after being sidelined since mid-April by a sore arm, and manager Dusty Baker bristled when asked if Leake's performance saved his spot in the rotation.

"Who's talking about keeping his spot?" Baker said. "He's doing better than some of the guys on our staff. I don't understand why it was coming down between him and somebody else anyway. Leake has pitched well. It shouldn't have been thought of. We'll worry about that when we get there."

Leake walked one and hit a batter. The Marlins had 14 baserunners but stranded 12 and hit into two double plays.

"I definitely was out of the stretch quite a bit," Leake said. "They hit a few balls hard, but a few of them weren't hit too hard."

Miami managed three infield hits among their 10 singles but went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

"We're just not getting it done," manager Mike Redmond said. "I don't know how to dress it up any more than that. I'm trying to be patient, but at the end of the day, somebody's got to step up and get a hit with a guy in scoring position."

With the home team giving the crowd of 14,866 little to cheer about, the biggest roars came when highlights of the Heat's playoff victory over the Chicago Bulls two miles away were shown on the video scoreboard.

The Marlins were shut out for the seventh time, most in the majors. Cincinnati climbed a season-high eight games above .500 and improved to 5-1 against Miami, which has lost four in a row.

The Marlins fell to 0-10 this year with the retractable roof open in their stadium. The ball carries better in those conditions, and Choo twice sent it flying off Alex Sanabia (2-6).

Choo also led off the game with a single and scored on a double by NL RBI leader Brandon Phillips. Joey Votto added two hits and an RBI for the Reds, who improved to 20-6 when they score first.

Choo's four hits tied a career high, and he raised his average to .322. He improved to 5 for 5 lifetime against Sanabia.

"Other than that he's batting like 1.000 off me, there's not much to say," Sanabia said. The right-hander allowed four runs in six innings and has lost five consecutive starts.

The Reds led 4-0 in the seventh when Miami mounted a threat. With runners at second and third, Sean Marshall came on and struck out rookie Derek Dietrich with a 3-2 curve to end the inning.

Miami put two runners aboard again in the ninth. Aroldis Chapman then threw seven fastballs of at least 100 mph to Dietrich, who finally struck out looking on a changeup.

"That guy can bring it," Dietrich said. "He made a great pitch when he needed to."

The Marlins rank last in the majors in wins at home, where they're 5-13.


Cincinnati 3B Todd Frazier, batting .229, was given the night off. ... Reds starters have allowed one earned run in 22 1/3 innings over the past three games. ... ... Miami's Chris Coghlan singled in the seventh to improve to 6 for 18 as a pinch hitter. ... Cincinnati RHP Mat Latos will try to win his fifth consecutive decision in the series finale Thursday against rookie Jose Fernandez.

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Players of the Game

S. Choo
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 2

J. Votto
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Cincinnati Reds
Shin-Soo Choo, CF5342010 .322
Cesar Izturis, SS4110111 .167
Joey Votto, 1B4021112 .327
Brandon Phillips, 2B5021003 .286
Jay Bruce, RF4020012 .264
Xavier Paul, LF3000103 .258
    Derrick Robinson, LF0000000 .304
Jack Hannahan, 3B3000103 .235
Devin Mesoraco, C4000003 .229
Mike Leake, P3000010 .250
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   a- Donald Lutz, PH1000000 .250
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Marshall in the 8th
2B - Cesar Izturis (1, Sanabia), Brandon Phillips (10, Sanabia), Jay Bruce (13, Sanabia)
HR - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (9, Sanabia, Sanabia)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (19), Joey Votto (17), Brandon Phillips (34)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (7)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Hannahan-B. Phillips-Votto, Izturis-B. Phillips-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Mike Leake (W,3-2) 6.2900160 3.72
Sean Marshall (H,5) 0.1000010 1.59
Sam LeCure 1100020 1.50
Aroldis Chapman 1100120 2.50
HBP - Polanco (by Mike Leake)
WP - Sean Marshall (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 92-60, Sean Marshall 6-3, Sam LeCure 19-12, Aroldis Chapman 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 8-4, Sam LeCure 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 29, Sean Marshall 1, Sam LeCure 4, Aroldis Chapman 5
Miami Marlins
Juan Pierre, LF4010012 .241
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1010000 .125
Placido Polanco, 3B4010005 .237
Derek Dietrich, 2B5020035 .400
Marcell Ozuna, RF4010022 .296
Justin Ruggiano, CF3000113 .218
Greg Dobbs, 1B4020000 .211
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4000012 .187
Rob Brantly, C3020011 .250
   b- Miguel Olivo, PH0000100 .186
Alex Sanabia, P2000011 .071
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Coghlan, PH1010000 .217
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Nick Green, 1B1000011 .250
a-singled for Pierre in the 9th
b-walked for Brantly in the 9th
c-singled for Webb in the 7th
2B - Derek Dietrich (2, Leake)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Hechavarria-Dietrich-Dobbs, Polanco-Dietrich-Dobbs
Miami Marlins
Alex Sanabia (L,2-6) 6944332 5.00
Ryan Webb 1200000 1.64
Chad Qualls 1000000 3.86
Mike Dunn 1000120 1.93
IBB - Hannahan by Alex Sanabia
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Sanabia 109-67, Ryan Webb 12-9, Chad Qualls 10-6, Mike Dunn 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Sanabia 8-6, Ryan Webb 2-0, Chad Qualls 3-0
Batters Faced - Alex Sanabia 29, Ryan Webb 4, Chad Qualls 3, Mike Dunn 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14866
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor