Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Scott Rolen. Scott Rolen's Homers helped Scott Rolen's Reds win this game. The veteran third sacker went 3-5 with two home runs, three RBI, and two runs scored. Honorable mention goes to Dan Uggla, who went 4-4 with two doubles and a HBP.
- To the surprise and delight of their fans, the Reds got on the SunLife scoreboard first in the second inning. Scott Rolen hit the first of his home runs, and Jay Bruce finally got one of his hits to drop, ringing up a double. Laynce Nix got the RBY by driving Bruce in with a single.
- The Marlins did a good job of having long, professional at-bats off of Johnny Cueto, which caused some nerve-wracking moments. In the third inning, he hit Dan Uggla, and gave up back to back singles to John Baker and Cody Ross, which loaded the bases. Gaby Sanchez hit a grounder back to third base and the Reds opted to turn the double play, but let the run score. Reds lead, 2-1.
- Cueto's defense didn't necessarily help him out. In the third inning, Orlando Cabrera couldn't get to a ball hit by Cameron Maybin. Hanley Ramirez drew a walk, and then a wild pitch from Cueto put runners on second and third with one out. Former Red Jorge Cantu then did what he tends to do against us and hit a double, giving the Fish the lead. Cantu took third on a balk, but it didn't matter because Uggla hit a double. Fortunately, the Reds erased Uggla on a fielder's choice by John Baker, because Cody Ross then singled. But with runners on first and second, Cueto struck out Sanchez to end the inning. Marlins lead, 4-2.
- In the fourth inning, Scott Rolen homered again to keep the Reds within shouting distance. 4-3.
- The top of the Reds order got in on the action in the fifth inning. Drew Stubbs led off with a single, and then frustrating Orlando Cabrera made up for some of his woes in the field with a two run homer to give the Reds the lead again. Reds lead, 5-4.
- Cueto was over 100 pitches, so Mike Lincoln came in and pitched a scoreless sixth, then ran into some trouble in the seventh. With two outs, Cantu worked a walk, and then Uggla hit a broken bat single that moved him to third. An unlucky break for Lincoln, but Dusty needs to learn that Lincoln struggles in his second inning of work. Anyway, Danny Ray Herrera came in and promptly gave up a single to Jersey Shore soundalike Ronnie Paulino. Tie game.
- The Reds nearly pulled out the game in the eighth. Brandon Phillips took advantage of Cantu playing deep at third by putting down a bunt, then went to second on the error. Rolen professionally moved him to third with a grounder, but after a walk to Jay Bruce, pinch hitter Johnny Gomes hit a pop up to first, and Ramon Hernandez grounded out to short.
- The Marlins took their turn at winning it in the ninth, with a one out single from Ramirez, a walk to Cantu, and an infield single from Uggla when Joey Votto couldn't beat Uggla to the bag. Nick Masset was covering first, but Joey didn't make the toss. With the bases loaded and only one out, Masset then struck out Paulino and got former Red Cody Ross to ground out. Tie game, bonus baseball!
- With hero of the game Scott Rolen due up in the tenth inning, you sensed the game wouldn't last too much longer. And indeed it didn't. Votto started the inning with a walk, and cleanup hitter Phillips sacrificed him to second. Rolen then hit a single on a soft liner to right field, which was enough to score Votto and give the Reds a 6-5 victory!
- The Reds have won games started by every pitcher except Aaron Harang, but none of the starters have a win.
- Jorge Cantu has had a hit and an RBI in every game this season.
- This was Rolen's first multihomer game since Sept. 15, 2006. His three homers this season lead the Reds, and he's OPSing 1.127.
- The Reds are over .500 for the first time since July 4, 2009.
- Announced attendance on a 72 degree night in Miami was 10,119, but estimates put the actual attendance closer to 3,000.
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|WP: Nick Masset (2 - 0)
SV: Francisco Cordero (3)
LP: Burke Badenhop (0 - 1)