CINCINNATI — Brandon Phillips drove in two runs with his second double of the game and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
Billy Hamilton was on second base and Joey Votto on first after being walked intentionally in the seventh inning when Phillips lined a pitch from Nick Wittgen (3-2) to the gap in right-center field to drive in the go-ahead runs.
Josh Smith (2-1) set up the comeback with two innings of scoreless relief after the Marlins had taken a 2-1 lead on third baseman Eugenio Suarez’s two-out error of Marcell Ozuna’s routine grounder in the fifth. That allowed Christian Yelich to score from second.
Blake Wood pitched a perfect eighth and Tony Cingrani retired the side in the ninth for his 15th save in 20 chances and second in two games.
The loss cost Miami a chance to move into a three-way tie with San Francisco and Pittsburgh behind St. Louis in the National League wild-card standings.
Andrew Cashner was in line for his first win for Miami in his fourth start since being acquired from San Diego on July 29. Cashner, who was 0-2 with a 6.61 ERA with the Marlins, allowed five hits and one run with four walks and one strikeout.
Homer Bailey, making his fourth start overall and first at home since coming back from Tommy John surgery in May 2015, left trailing 2-1 after five innings. He gave up all six Miami hits and one earned run — Ozuna’s 21st homer leading off the fourth — with one walk and six strikeouts in his first start in Cincinnati since Aug. 7, 2014.
Phillips and Suarez tied the score with consecutive doubles in the fourth.