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7 - 5 Final
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Freel's home run reels Reds past Marlins

Jul 20, 2007 - 5:50 AM MIAMI (Ticker) -- The Florida Marlins' relievers were able to get off the hook in the seventh inning. They weren't as lucky an inning later.

Ryan Freel blasted a three-run homer in the eighth to propel the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Marlins on Thursday.

With Florida nursing a 5-3 lead in the seventh, Taylor Tankersley and Justin Miller defused a bases-loaded, none-out jam with a pair of strikeouts and a harmless flyout.

The Reds quickly put runners on the corners in the eighth, and against Armando Benitez, they responded in a big way.

Norris Hopper's single to right plated Javier Valentin to halve the deficit. After Jeff Keppinger's sacrifice put two runners in scoring position, Freel belted his third home run of the season to give the Reds their fourth straight win.

"I hit it good," Freel said. "I didn't know where I hit. I actually saw the ball today as opposed to the last three months. I have just been closing my eyes and swinging."

Benitez (2-5) allowed four runs and four hits in one inning, blowing his fourth save opportunity of the season.

"We've got to get through the eighth inning with him," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Todd Coffey (2-1) picked up the win by pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings and David Weathers worked around a walk in the ninth to notch his 19th save for Cincinnati, which improved to 10-4 under interim manager Pete Mackanin.

The Reds got out of the blocks quickly as Adam Dunn's RBI double highlighted a three-run first inning. Florida right fielder Jeremy Hermida lost the ball in the sun and was charged with an error, allowing Scott Hatteberg and Brandon Phillips to score.

Valentin plated Dunn with a double to cap the rally.

The Marlins got back a run in the second, when Hanley Ramirez singled home Miguel Olivo. Florida's catcher tied the game in the fourth with a two-run homer, and Dan Uggla's double to left-center later in the frame put the Marlins ahead, 4-3.

In the fifth, Josh Willingham blasted a solo home run, his 15th of the season, for a two-run advantage.

That effectively ended the evening for Cincinnati starter Matt Belisle, who allowed five runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Florida starter Sergio Mitre overcame a sluggish start to reach the sixth inning for the sixth consecutive outing. He yielded three runs and nine hits with four strikeouts and a walk but did not factor in the decision.

"I wasn't as effective today," Mitre said. "It was pretty much a battle, but fortunately a lot of hard hit balls were hit at people."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 7 13 2
    FLORIDA 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 5 13 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - MATT BELISLE, JARED BURTON (5TH), JON COUTLANGUS (7TH), TODD
    COFFEY (7TH), DAVID WEATHERS (9TH) AND JAVIER VALENTIN
    FLA - SERGIO MITRE, TAYLOR TANKERSLEY (7TH

    Jul 19 10:21 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN FREEL (3) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF ARMANDO BENITEZ SCORED EDWIN ENCARNACION AND NORRIS
    HOPPER.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 7, FLORIDA 5
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: S HATTEBERG (.306, 0-FOR-2, 2 BB)

    Reds vs. MarlinsJul 19 9:44 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NORRIS HOPPER SCORED JAVIER VALENTIN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N HOPPER ON FIRST, E ENCARNACION ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 4
    FLORIDA 5 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J KEPPINGER (.238, 1-FOR-1)

    Reds vs. MarlinsJul 19 9:41 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOSH WILLINGHAM (15) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF MATT BELISLE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3, FLORIDA 5
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J HERMIDA (.245, 1-FOR-2)

    Reds vs. MarlinsJul 19 8:29 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DAN UGGLA SCORED ALFREDO AMEZAGA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D UGGLA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    FLORIDA 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M CABRERA (.330, 1-FOR-2)

    Reds vs. MarlinsJul 19 8:18 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIGUEL OLIVO (8) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF MATT BELISLE SCORED JEREMY HERMIDA.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3, FLORIDA 3
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: A AMEZAGA (.273, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds vs. MarlinsJul 19 8:10 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HANLEY RAMIREZ SCORED MIGUEL OLIVO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H RAMIREZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    FLORIDA 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D UGGLA (.241, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds vs. MarlinsJul 19 7:46 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 3 3 3 0
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - MATT BELISLE
    FLA - SERGIO MITRE

    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.328, 15 HR, 39 RBI)
    D UGGLA (.242, 17 HR, 54 RBI)
    M CABRERA (.329, 22 HR, 66 RBI)

    Reds vs. MarlinsJul 19 7:17 PM
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    roots
    Ryan Added 5 roots

    Reds vs. MarlinsJul 8 6:47 PM