Castro drives in 3, Marlins beat Reds 6-0 to even series

CINCINNATI (AP) The Miami Marlins didn't know when spring training began whether Caleb Smith would be a better fit as a starter or as a left-hander out of the bullpen. Right now, he's as good as they've got in the rotation.

Smith gave his third straight impressive performance Saturday night, and Starlin Castro drove in three runs with a homer and a double, leading Miami to a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins will try to win their fourth straight series on Sunday.

Miami got Smith (2-3) from the Yankees in the offseason as part of a deal for right-hander Michael King. The left-hander has been stingy in his last three starts, allowing only two runs and seven hits in 18 2/3 innings with 26 strikeouts.

''I feel like a kid,'' said Smith, who made two starts and seven relief appearances for New York last season. ''It's awesome.''

Against the Reds, he gave up three hits and fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings, escaping threats created by a couple of Marlins errors. Three relievers completed a four-hitter.

Smith had a couple rough starts in April. Marlins coaches talked to him about throwing more strikes and challenging hitters, and it's made the difference.

''He was OK in spring training,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''We thought he deserved an opportunity to see what he could do. It was his time. We had an opportunity to find out whether he'd be a starter or a reliever. Right now, he's a starter.''

Miami's struggling offense got the early lead with a pair of homers off rookie Tyler Mahle (2-4). Martin Prado doubled in the first and Castro followed with his 100th career homer . Justin Bour added a solo shot in the sixth inning, his team-leading sixth homer.

''I didn't really settle in,'' Mahle said. ''The one pitch they got to hit they hit well, but I continued to make just average pitches.''

Castro's RBI double started a three-run rally in the eighth. Brian Anderson singled home two more.

Miami's J.T. Realmuto went 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch, ending a 12-game hitting streak that was the longest active in the NL.

The Reds fell to 8-25, matching the second-worst start in club history from 1934. They were shut out for the fifth time, tied with Miami for second-most in the NL behind Milwaukee.

WHAT'S UP DOC?

Mattingly received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Evansville. Evansville President Thomas A. Kazee traveled to Milwaukee when the Marlins played there last month to privately present the degree , which was announced Saturday as part of the school's commencement.

Mattingly grew up in Evansville, and two brothers attended the school. He went into the Yankees' organization after high school.

''I'm excited about it,'' Mattingly said. ''I had two brothers go to that school, so since I was a kid I would go to their games.''

CASTRO'S PLACE

Castro's first homer in the majors also came at Great American Ball Park. He homered in his first big league plate appearance off Homer Bailey on May 7, 2010, with the Cubs.

SLIGHT DELAY

The game started 10 minutes late because of rain, which fell steadily through the early innings.

SCOOTER BACK

Second baseman Scooter Gennett was back in the Reds' lineup after being limited to pinch-hitting in the previous four games because of a sore throwing shoulder. He went 0 for 3 with pair of strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: RHP Michael Lorenzen threw 40 pitches without problem at the Reds' spring training complex. He has been sidelined since the start of the season with a strained pitching shoulder. He's scheduled to throw batting practice on Monday.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Dan Straily (0-0) makes his second start since returning from an inflamed right forearm. He has lost both of his career appearances against his former team.

Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (0-2) has been the victim of blown saves in each of his last two starts. The Reds have lost all of his four starts this season.

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  • W: C. Smith (2-3)L: T. Mahle (2-4)
  • HR: MIA - S. Castro (1), J. Bour (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Realmuto C31000002.316.381.544.9252.0
M. Prado 3B41100002.185.214.222.4372.0
S. Castro 2B42231000.308.363.392.75511.0
J. Bour 1B31111021.240.342.448.7905.0
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Maybin PH-LF10000002.214.316.310.6260.0
B. Anderson RF40120000.265.363.368.7303.0
Y. Rivera SS00000000.125.192.125.3170.0
D. Dietrich LF-1B40100001.234.279.344.6231.0
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Ziegler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
L. Brinson CF40000031.168.233.299.532-1.5
M. Rojas SS-1B40100010.233.287.367.6530.5
C. Smith P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Shuck LF-RF21100010.239.286.283.5681.5
  • a-grounded out for Steckenrider in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker RF30000101.300.413.378.7911.0
J. Peraza SS40100011.297.319.398.7170.5
J. Votto 1B40200002.267.394.405.8003.0
E. Suarez 3B40000024.300.411.6001.011-1.0
A. Duvall LF30000010.162.242.369.611-0.5
S. Gennett 2B30000021.283.328.392.720-1.0
S. Schebler CF30100010.290.343.484.8270.5
D. Mesoraco C20000112.225.295.350.6450.5
T. Mahle P10000000.111.111.111.2220.0
a- A. Blandino PH10000010.241.317.296.613-0.5
A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Floro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. Herrera PH10000011.167.167.167.333-0.5
K. Shackelford P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Mahle in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Floro in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Castro (7)
  • HR - S. Castro, J. Bour (6)
  • SH - C. Smith (2)
  • RBI - S. Castro 3 (13), J. Bour (15), B. Anderson 2 (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bour (10), B. Anderson 2 (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (4)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - S. Castro
FIELDING
  • E - S. Castro (3), M. Prado
FIELDING
  • E - J. Peraza (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (W, 2-3)5.23001703.671.1721.5
D. Steckenrider (H, 6)1.10000101.130.753.5
K. Barraclough1.00001101.981.242.5
B. Ziegler1.01000106.591.462.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (W, 2-3)5.2
D. Steckenrider (H, 6)1.1
K. Barraclough1.0
B. Ziegler1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle (L, 2-4)6.05330424.351.2510.0
A. Brice1.12330204.501.17-1.0
D. Floro0.21000000.731.22-1.0
K. Shackelford1.00000207.711.934.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle (L, 2-4)6.0
A. Brice1.1
D. Floro0.2
K. Shackelford1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 98-62, D. Steckenrider 19-13, K. Barraclough 12-7, B. Ziegler 7-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 6-4, D. Steckenrider 1-2, K. Barraclough 1-0, B. Ziegler 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 21, D. Steckenrider 4, K. Barraclough 3, B. Ziegler 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Brice (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 95-59, A. Brice 23-15, D. Floro 8-7, K. Shackelford 10-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 8-6, D. Floro 2-0, K. Shackelford 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 23, A. Brice 7, D. Floro 3, K. Shackelford 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Realmuto C31000002.316.381.544.9252.0
M. Prado 3B41100002.185.214.222.4372.0
S. Castro 2B42231000.308.363.392.75511.0
J. Bour 1B31111021.240.342.448.7905.0
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Maybin PH-LF10000002.214.316.310.6260.0
B. Anderson RF40120000.265.363.368.7303.0
Y. Rivera SS00000000.125.192.125.3170.0
D. Dietrich LF-1B40100001.234.279.344.6231.0
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Ziegler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
L. Brinson CF40000031.168.233.299.532-1.5
M. Rojas SS-1B40100010.233.287.367.6530.5
C. Smith P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Shuck LF-RF21100010.239.286.283.5681.5
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  • a-grounded out for Steckenrider in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker RF30000101.300.413.378.7911.0
J. Peraza SS40100011.297.319.398.7170.5
J. Votto 1B40200002.267.394.405.8003.0
E. Suarez 3B40000024.300.411.6001.011-1.0
A. Duvall LF30000010.162.242.369.611-0.5
S. Gennett 2B30000021.283.328.392.720-1.0
S. Schebler CF30100010.290.343.484.8270.5
D. Mesoraco C20000112.225.295.350.6450.5
T. Mahle P10000000.111.111.111.2220.0
a- A. Blandino PH10000010.241.317.296.613-0.5
A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Floro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. Herrera PH10000011.167.167.167.333-0.5
K. Shackelford P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total29040021012-----
  • a-struck out for Mahle in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Floro in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Castro (7)
  • HR - S. Castro, J. Bour (6)
  • SH - C. Smith (2)
  • RBI - S. Castro 3 (13), J. Bour (15), B. Anderson 2 (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bour (10), B. Anderson 2 (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (4)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - S. Castro
FIELDING
  • E - S. Castro (3), M. Prado
FIELDING
  • E - J. Peraza (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (W, 2-3)5.23001703.671.1721.5
D. Steckenrider (H, 6)1.10000101.130.753.5
K. Barraclough1.00001101.981.242.5
B. Ziegler1.01000106.591.462.5
Total9.04002100---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (W, 2-3)5.2
D. Steckenrider (H, 6)1.1
K. Barraclough1.0
B. Ziegler1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle (L, 2-4)6.05330424.351.2510.0
A. Brice1.12330204.501.17-1.0
D. Floro0.21000000.731.22-1.0
K. Shackelford1.00000207.711.934.0
Total9.0866082---
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle (L, 2-4)6.0
A. Brice1.1
D. Floro0.2
K. Shackelford1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 98-62, D. Steckenrider 19-13, K. Barraclough 12-7, B. Ziegler 7-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 6-4, D. Steckenrider 1-2, K. Barraclough 1-0, B. Ziegler 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 21, D. Steckenrider 4, K. Barraclough 3, B. Ziegler 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Brice (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 95-59, A. Brice 23-15, D. Floro 8-7, K. Shackelford 10-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 8-6, D. Floro 2-0, K. Shackelford 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 23, A. Brice 7, D. Floro 3, K. Shackelford 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Anderson singled to right, Realmuto and Castro scored60
    Castro doubled to deep left, Shuck scored, Realmuto to third40
  • 6TH INNING
    Bour homered to center30
  • 1ST INNING
    Castro homered to center, Prado scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kevin Shackelford pitching
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Shuck struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Ziegler relieved Kyle Barraclough
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Votto singled to left
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Suarez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Votto out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Brice Pitching:
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Shuck singled to shallow right center
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Realmuto hit by pitch, Shuck to second
    • M. Prado: Ball, Foul, Prado lined out to center
    • S. Castro: Castro doubled to deep left, Shuck scored, Realmuto to third
    • Cameron Maybin hit for Drew Steckenrider
    • Dylan Floro relieved Austin Brice
    • C. Maybin: Foul, Strike looking, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Anderson singled to right, Realmuto and Castro scored
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Dietrich grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Barraclough pitching
    • Yadiel Rivera at shortstop
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mesoraco walked
    • Rosell Herrera hit for Dylan Floro
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Winker grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Mesoraco out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Derek Dietrich at first
    • D. Dietrich: Derek Dietrich facing Austin Brice
    • Austin Brice pitching
    • D. Steckenrider: Ball, Foul, Dietrich popped out to second
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Steckenrider Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Duvall popped out to second
    • S. Gennett: Strike swinging, Gennett grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Schebler struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Prado flied out to center
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Castro lined out to center
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bour homered to center
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Alex Blandino hit for Tyler Mahle
    • A. Blandino: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Blandino struck out looking
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Winker walked
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Peraza fouled out to first
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Votto safe at first on 2nd baseman Castro fielding error, Winker to second
    • Drew Steckenrider pitching
    • J.B. Shuck in left
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Suarez popped out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Rojas popped out to second
    • C. Smith: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Realmuto grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Duvall safe at first on 3rd baseman Prado fielding error
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Schebler singled to right, Duvall to second
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mesoraco grounded into double play third to first, Duvall out at third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to second
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Brinson lined out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Peraza reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • J. Votto: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Votto grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Peraza out at second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Prado grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Castro safe at first on shortstop Peraza fielding error
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Castro picked off at second, pitcher to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mesoraco struck out swinging
    • T. Mahle: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mahle grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Winker flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Dietrich singled to center
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Rojas singled to right center, Dietrich to third
    • C. Smith: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Smith hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Rojas to second
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Realmuto grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Duvall struck out looking
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Gennett struck out on foul tip
    • S. Schebler: Schebler grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto flied out to shallow center
    • M. Prado: Ball, Strike looking, Prado singled to right center
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro homered to center, Prado scored
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bour struck out looking
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Winker popped out to shortstop
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Peraza popped out to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto doubled to deep left
    • E. Suarez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)