Puig returns with RBI double, Reds sweep Marlins 5-0

CINCINNATI (AP) For two days, Yasiel Puig sat and watched the Reds finally emerge from their deep slump. He felt pressure to do something important in his first game back.

Puig returned from a two-game suspension and doubled home a pair of runs, helping Cincinnati complete a reinvigorating three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 5-0 victory on Thursday.

The Reds entered the series with eight straight losses and the worst record in the NL. They came away with their first three-game sweep of the Marlins at Great American Ball Park since 2010.

Puig watched the Reds play better without him while taking the first two games of the series.

''I don't want to come back,'' he said. ''My team gets better with myself out. I said I need to hit something.''

Most of the 11,192 fans were chanting Puig's name after he ran into the outfield wall unsuccessfully trying to grab a foul in the first inning, and again in the fifth when his double off Pablo Lopez (1-2) put the Reds up 4-0. He also got his first stolen base.

Puig missed the first two games of the series as punishment for his role in an on-field confrontation with the Pirates at PNC Park on Sunday.

Eugenio Suarez had three hits, including a solo homer , as the Reds got the better of a matchup two of the NL's worst offenses. The Marlins have scored the fewest runs in the league (34). The Reds came in with the worst batting average (.194) despite a 14-0 win in the second game of the series.

Cincinnati scored 21 runs while sweeping the series, matching its total for the first nine games.

''Baseball's crazy,'' Puig said. ''We're losing a lot of games back-to-back, and now we sweep the Marlins.''

Miami managed only 12 hits and one run in the series. On Thursday, the Marlins got only one runner into scoring position.

''It's hard to explain,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''I know we're better than this. I don't think we're going to be a great offensive team, but I know we're better than this.''

Robert Stephenson (1-0) got the victory in relief of starter Sonny Gray, who finally got a run but still couldn't get a win because of an injury.

Gray grew up a Reds fan and attended his first major league game at Great American. The Reds obtained Gray in a trade with the Yankees after he agreed to a deal adding $30.5 million from 2020-22. Cincinnati was blanked 5-0 and 2-0 in his first two starts.

Miguel Rojas' line drive hit Gray on the left calf in the second inning. Gray limped around the mound, threw a few practice pitches, and stayed in the game for two more innings before leaving. It's unclear whether he'll have to miss a start.

''It was a great series for us,'' Gray said. ''We needed to come back home and win some games.''

Joey Votto had a pair of opposite-field singles against an infield shift that figured in both of Cincinnati's rallies, including an RBI in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: Catcher Jorge Alfaro won't change how he sets up behind the plate to avoid being hit. He was conked in the head in each of the first two games of the series by batters' follow-through on a swing, leaving him momentarily stunned. ''I like to be close to the plate,'' he said Thursday.

Reds: Outfielder Phillip Ervin will be Cincinnati's extra player for a two-game series in Mexico against the Cardinals. Teams are allowed to bring an additional position player for the series.

RUNNING INTERFERENCE

Miami's Lewis Brinson struck out in the second and was called for interference, resulting in a double play. Brinson stepped on the plate after his swing, interfering with catcher Curt Casali's throw to second base as Miguel Rojas tried to steal. Rojas was called out, too.

COMING UP EMPTY

Brinson fanned four times on Wednesday night and two more times on Thursday.

THINGS UNRAVELED

Lopez allowed only four singles over the first four innings. The Reds put together a walk, Votto's RBI single and Puig's two-run double, all with two outs in the fifth.

''I started having trouble with my breaking ball and changeup,'' Lopez said . ''I felt like I was yanking my changeup a little bit instead of just letting it go and letting the natural movement work.''

UP NEXT

Marlins: Sandy Alcantara (1-0) faces Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (1-1) as Miami begins a nine-game homestand.

Reds: Have a day off in Monterrey before playing the Cardinals at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey on Saturday. Tanner Roark (0-0) will oppose Adam Wainwright (1-0).

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  • W: R. Stephenson (1-0)L: P. Lopez (1-2)
  • HR: CIN - E. Suarez (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Granderson LF40000022.161.325.387.712-1.0
B. Anderson 3B30200110.178.260.200.4602.5
N. Walker 1B40000014.182.289.394.683-0.5
S. Castro 2B30100111.255.283.392.6751.5
M. Rojas SS40100002.250.314.313.6271.0
L. Brinson CF30000021.234.250.298.548-1.0
P. O'Brien RF20000020.111.200.222.422-1.0
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C. Wallach C30100000.308.400.385.7851.0
P. Lopez P10000000.250.250.250.5000.0
R. Herrera RF10000101.172.250.241.4911.0
  • a-struck out for Guerrero in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker CF-LF22100200.147.256.324.5804.0
J. Votto 1B41210021.244.340.415.7553.0
Y. Puig RF40120023.147.194.206.4005.0
E. Suarez 3B41321011.297.409.5951.0048.5
M. Kemp LF40000023.143.143.229.371-1.0
W. Peralta P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Peraza 2B30000022.205.225.308.5330.0
C. Casali C41300000.375.375.563.9385.0
J. Iglesias SS40000014.231.333.462.795-0.5
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D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Lorenzen CF00000000.000.333.000.3330.0
  • a-struck out for Stephenson in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Duke in the 6th
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson, N. Walker 2 (2), S. Castro, M. Rojas
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Puig (2), C. Casali (3)
  • HR - E. Suarez (3)
  • RBI - J. Votto (2), Y. Puig 2 (5), E. Suarez 2 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Votto, Y. Puig 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, J. Peraza 2 (2), J. Iglesias, S. Schebler 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig
  • CS - J. Winker
FIELDING
  • DP - (Anderson-Castro-Walker)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Casali; Iglesias-Peraza-Votto; Iglesias-Peraza-Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez (L, 1-2)4.27441506.601.40-2.5
N. Anderson1.11000201.591.243.0
T. Guerrero1.00001200.000.883.0
S. Romo1.021102111.251.501.0
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez (L, 1-2)4.2
N. Anderson1.1
T. Guerrero1.0
S. Romo1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gray4.02000602.031.0513.0
R. Stephenson (W, 1-0)1.00000101.420.6310.5
Z. Duke1.01001108.101.801.5
D. Hernandez2.01001204.762.295.0
W. Peralta1.01001000.001.291.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Gray4.0
R. Stephenson (W, 1-0)1.0
Z. Duke1.0
D. Hernandez2.0
W. Peralta1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - N. Anderson
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 84-53, N. Anderson 23-14, T. Guerrero 21-15, S. Romo 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 5-3, N. Anderson 2-0
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 21, N. Anderson 6, T. Guerrero 3, S. Romo 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 60-34, R. Stephenson 13-9, Z. Duke 21-13, D. Hernandez 37-22, W. Peralta 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 2-3, R. Stephenson 1-1, Z. Duke 1-1, D. Hernandez 2-1, W. Peralta 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Gray 13, R. Stephenson 3, Z. Duke 5, D. Hernandez 7, W. Peralta 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Granderson LF40000022.161.325.387.712-1.0
B. Anderson 3B30200110.178.260.200.4602.5
N. Walker 1B40000014.182.289.394.683-0.5
S. Castro 2B30100111.255.283.392.6751.5
M. Rojas SS40100002.250.314.313.6271.0
L. Brinson CF30000021.234.250.298.548-1.0
P. O'Brien RF20000020.111.200.222.422-1.0
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Riddle PH10000010.167.167.417.583-0.5
S. Romo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Wallach C30100000.308.400.385.7851.0
P. Lopez P10000000.250.250.250.5000.0
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  • a-struck out for Guerrero in the 8th
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J. Winker CF-LF22100200.147.256.324.5804.0
J. Votto 1B41210021.244.340.415.7553.0
Y. Puig RF40120023.147.194.206.4005.0
E. Suarez 3B41321011.297.409.5951.0048.5
M. Kemp LF40000023.143.143.229.371-1.0
W. Peralta P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Peraza 2B30000022.205.225.308.5330.0
C. Casali C41300000.375.375.563.9385.0
J. Iglesias SS40000014.231.333.462.795-0.5
S. Gray P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
R. Stephenson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Dietrich PH10000011.192.250.577.827-0.5
Z. Duke P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- S. Schebler PH10000002.189.268.378.6470.0
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Lorenzen CF00000000.000.333.000.3330.0
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  • a-struck out for Stephenson in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Duke in the 6th
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson, N. Walker 2 (2), S. Castro, M. Rojas
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Puig (2), C. Casali (3)
  • HR - E. Suarez (3)
  • RBI - J. Votto (2), Y. Puig 2 (5), E. Suarez 2 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Votto, Y. Puig 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez, J. Peraza 2 (2), J. Iglesias, S. Schebler 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig
  • CS - J. Winker
FIELDING
  • DP - (Anderson-Castro-Walker)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Casali; Iglesias-Peraza-Votto; Iglesias-Peraza-Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez (L, 1-2)4.27441506.601.40-2.5
N. Anderson1.11000201.591.243.0
T. Guerrero1.00001200.000.883.0
S. Romo1.021102111.251.501.0
Total8.010552111---
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez (L, 1-2)4.2
N. Anderson1.1
T. Guerrero1.0
S. Romo1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gray4.02000602.031.0513.0
R. Stephenson (W, 1-0)1.00000101.420.6310.5
Z. Duke1.01001108.101.801.5
D. Hernandez2.01001204.762.295.0
W. Peralta1.01001000.001.291.0
Total9.05003100---
PITCHERSIP
S. Gray4.0
R. Stephenson (W, 1-0)1.0
Z. Duke1.0
D. Hernandez2.0
W. Peralta1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - N. Anderson
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 84-53, N. Anderson 23-14, T. Guerrero 21-15, S. Romo 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 5-3, N. Anderson 2-0
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 21, N. Anderson 6, T. Guerrero 3, S. Romo 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 60-34, R. Stephenson 13-9, Z. Duke 21-13, D. Hernandez 37-22, W. Peralta 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 2-3, R. Stephenson 1-1, Z. Duke 1-1, D. Hernandez 2-1, W. Peralta 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Gray 13, R. Stephenson 3, Z. Duke 5, D. Hernandez 7, W. Peralta 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Suarez homered to left05
  • 5TH INNING
    Puig doubled to deep left, Winker and Votto scored04
    Votto singled to left center, Casali scored, Winker to third02
  • 4TH INNING
    Suarez singled to left, Winker scored, Votto to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Michael Lorenzen in center field
    • Wandy Peralta pitching
    • Br. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
    • N. Walker: Foul, Ball, Walker grounded out to second, Anderson out at second
    • St. Castro: Castro reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Rojas grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • JT Riddle hit for Tayron Guerrero
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Riddle struck out looking
    • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wallach singled to left
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera reached on fielder's choice to second, Wallach out at second
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Granderson fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Sergio Romo pitching
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Suarez homered to left
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp flied out to center
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • C. Casali: Casali doubled to shallow left
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • David Hernandez pitching
    • St. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to second, Castro out at second
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Brinson struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tayron Guerrero relieved Nick Anderson
    • J. Winker: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Winker walked
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Winker caught stealing second, catcher to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Zach Duke pitching
    • C. Wallach: Ball, Wallach grounded out to third
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera walked
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
    • Br. Anderson: Ball, Anderson singled to center, Herrera to third
    • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Walker lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Anderson Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peraza hit by pitch
    • C. Casali: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Casali singled to left, Peraza to second
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Peraza to third, Casali out at second
    • Scott Schebler hit for Zach Duke
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Schebler grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Robert Stephenson relieved Sonny Gray
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Rojas grounded out to second
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Foul, Brinson fouled out to first
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, O'Brien struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • C. Casali: Casali singled to right center
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias flied out to deep center, Casali to second
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Robert Stephenson
    • D. Dietrich: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Winker walked
    • J. Votto: Votto singled to left center, Casali scored, Winker to third
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Puig doubled to deep left, Winker and Votto scored
    • Nick Anderson relieved Peter O'Brien
    • Rosell Herrera in right field
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Puig stole third, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • Br. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Walker flied out to deep center
    • St. Castro: Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Winker singled to right center
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Votto singled to left, Winker to second
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Foul, Puig flied out to deep right, Winker to third
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suarez singled to left, Winker scored, Votto to second
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • C. Wallach: Strike swinging, Ball, Wallach flied out to deep center
    • P. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • C. Casali: Ball, Strike looking, Casali flied out to center
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to third
    • S. Gray: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gray grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rojas reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging, Rojas caught stealing second, catcher
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, O'Brien struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Suarez reached on an infield single to second
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp grounded out to second, Suarez out at second
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson fouled out to third
    • Br. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson singled to left
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • St. Castro: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Winker grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)