Barnhart slam sparks Reds to win over Marlins


By Mark Schmetzer - Associated Press



The Reds’ Tucker Barnhart (16) is congratulated by third base coach Billy Hatcher as he heads for home after hitting a grand slam home run Tuesday night against Miami starting pitcher Jose Urena in Cincinnati.


CINCINNATI — Cutting down on batting practice is working for Tucker Barnhart.

Barnhart’s first career grand slam capped the Cincinnati Reds’ five-run first inning, giving Anthony DeSclafani all the support he needed to beat his former team in a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

“I haven’t been hitting in the cage as much as I did early in the season,” Barnhart said. “I just take batting practice and get loose.”

Scott Schebler had three hits and Joey Votto a sacrifice fly as the Reds beat the Miami for the first time in five tries this season.

With Miami leading 1-0, the Reds loaded the bases with three straight two-out singles in the first against Jose Urena (1-4), who was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans earlier Tuesday.

Ivan De Jesus Jr.’s walk forced in the tying run. Barnhart’s seventh home run this season extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games.

“That first inning was tough,” Urena said. “I was trying to keep the ball down, but I couldn’t find it. I was hanging too many breaking balls.”

Urena gave up five runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings.

“We get our run and get off on a good foot with the two quick outs, but then they score five,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

Coming off his first loss this season, DeSclafani (7-1) appeared to injure his left ankle making a sudden stop while running the bases in the fourth. He allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings with no walks and six strikeouts.

“I rolled my ankle a little bit,” he said. “It’s swollen and sore right now, but I’ve rolled it in games before and knew if moved around and kept it loose, I would be OK.”

DeSclafani made his major league debut with Miami in 2014 before being traded to the Reds for pitcher Mat Latos.

Miami’s Christian Yelich hit a solo homer in the eighth off Raisel Iglesias, the first extra-base hit allowed by Iglesias in 23 2/3 innings.

Tony Cingrani worked around Ichiro Suzuki’s leadoff triple and a walk in the ninth to get his 14th save in 19 chances.

We’re No. 1: DeSclafani’s balk with Dee Gordon on third base in the third inning was the major league-leading ninth balk committed by the Reds this season.

Finally: Ichiro Suzuki’s ninth-inning leadoff triple was his first hit in 11 at-bats at Great American Ball Park, giving him at least one hit in every existing major league stadium.

Training room

Marlins: An MRI on Monday ruled out any Achilles tendon problems for infielder Justin Bour, according to manager Don Mattingly. Bour hasn’t played since July 3 because of a right high ankle sprain.

Reds: LF Adam Duvall, CF Billy Hamilton and 2B Brandon Phillips were sidelined with various nagging injuries, manager Bryan Price said.

Up next

RHP Andrew Cashner (4-9) starts for the Marlins on Wednesday in the third game of the four-game series. He is 0-2 in his last six appearances, one in relief. Reds RHP Homer Bailey (2-1) is scheduled to make his fourth start since coming off the DL, his first in Cincinnati since Aug. 7, 2014.

The Reds’ Tucker Barnhart (16) is congratulated by third base coach Billy Hatcher as he heads for home after hitting a grand slam home run Tuesday night against Miami starting pitcher Jose Urena in Cincinnati.
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_08.17.16.nureds-1.jpgThe Reds’ Tucker Barnhart (16) is congratulated by third base coach Billy Hatcher as he heads for home after hitting a grand slam home run Tuesday night against Miami starting pitcher Jose Urena in Cincinnati.

By Mark Schmetzer

Associated Press

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