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Infante lifts Marlins over Reds

Apr 8, 2012 - 4:30 AM Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Omar Infante finished a single short of the cycle as the Miami Marlins picked up their first win of the season, an 8-3 takedown of the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI while Hanley Ramirez and John Buck each launched two-run homers in the win.

Ricky Nolasco (1-0) tossed eight frames, scattering six hits and giving up three runs while striking out five and walking none. Heath Bell pitched a perfect ninth in his Marlins debut.

"It's nice to see the guys build some confidence," said Ozzie Guillen, who got his first win as Marlins manager.

Mat Latos (0-1) was touched for four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon each offered up two runs in relief.

"It just felt like once when they got runners on base I tried to do too much, make too much of a perfect pitch," said Latos. "I tried to be too fine."

Joey Votto gave Cincinnati a brief lead with his two-run homer in the fourth inning and Zack Cozart added a solo shot in the eighth.

Stanton opened the scoring in the top of the second with a double after Emilo Bonifacio stole second.

Votto followed in the bottom half with his first home run since signing a 10- year, $225-million extension, an opposite-field blast that scored Cozart.

But Infante immediately tied the game a half-inning later with a solo shot, and Stanton gave the Marlins a lead they did not relinquish with a bases- loaded single a bit later that scored Bonifacio and Jose Reyes.

Ramirez was 0-for-10 on the season before belting a two-run homer in the seventh, and Buck hit a ball out to left-center after Infante's triple in the eighth.

Cozart, who finished 3-for-4, got one back by sending Nolasco's 1-1 fastball into the left-field seats in the bottom of the eighth.

Infante had a chance to become the first Marlin to hit for the cycle when he came to the plate in the ninth, but flied out to Drew Stubbs.

Game Notes

Cozart was a double shy of the cycle...The Marlins and Padres remain the only major league teams to have never had a player hit for the cycle...Miami was 3- for-11 with runners in scoring position.

  • MIAMI: 8

    Apr 7 10:11 PM

  • Zack Cozart two-out, solo Home Run (1) to left. Joey Votto is due up.

    Marlins 8, Reds 3  Bot 8, 2 OutsApr 7 9:46 PM

  • John Buck none-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left-center scored Omar Infante. Ricky Nolasco is due up.

    Marlins 8, Reds 2  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 7 9:37 PM

  • Giancarlo Stanton lined out to short. None on with one out and Logan Morrison due up.

    Marlins 6, Reds 2  Top 7, 1 OutApr 7 9:22 PM

  • Giancarlo Stanton singled to center scoring Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio. On the play, Hanley Ramirez advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Logan Morrison due up.

    Marlins 4, Reds 2  Top 5, 2 OutsApr 7 8:40 PM

  • John Buck grounded out third to first. None on with one out and Ricky Nolasco due up.

    Marlins 2, Reds 2  Top 5, 1 OutApr 7 8:25 PM
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    Marlins 2, Reds 2  Top 5, 1 OutApr 7 8:25 PM

  • Joey Votto none-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left scored Zack Cozart. Scott Rolen is due up.

    Marlins 1, Reds 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 7 8:15 PM
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    Marlins 1, Reds 0  Mid 4Apr 7 8:09 PM

  • Giancarlo Stanton doubled to left scoring Emilio Bonifacio. Runner on second with one out and Logan Morrison due up.

    Marlins 1, Reds 0  Top 4, 1 OutApr 7 8:05 PM

  • MIAMI: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Apr 7 7:12 PM
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