By Joe Frisaro and Steve Wilaj
MLB.com |@JoeFrisaro |
MIAMI -- The Marlins had a breakout game at the plate on Saturday, setting a club record with nine straight hits in an eight-run seventh inning in a 14-3 win over the Reds at Marlins Park. But the mood in Miami was somber because All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, who had three of the hits, suffered a dislocated left thumb.
Gordon, voted in by the fans as an All-Star starter, was injured sliding headfirst into first base while beating out an infield single, which opened the string of nine straight hits in the seventh.
"It's very unfortunate for Dee and for us," Miami manager Dan Jennings said. "It kind of dampers a big day for us.
The 10 hits overall in the seventh matched a team mark, now done three times, the most recent one in the third inning on Aug. 20, 2012, at Arizona. The Marlins got homers from Cole Gillespie and J.T. Realmuto in the game and set season highs with the 14 runs on 21 hits.
The Marlins, shut out 1-0 on Friday night, snapped a string of 16 straight scoreless innings by scoring five times in the fifth in which they sent 10 men to the plate. Lefty Adam Conley, making an emergency start for Mat Latos (bruised toes), picked up his first MLB win, giving up two runs in five innings.
Eugenio Suarez had a home run in the second inning and Todd Frazier added a sacrifice fly, which gave the Reds a two-run lead in the third inning. But Cincinnati starter Raisel Iglesias allowed five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Miami's eight-run seventh broke the game wide open. It started with the infield single by Gordon, and down the line, even reliever Mike Dunn had a single, the first hit of his career.
"It was kind of a weird inning," said Casey McGehee, who had two hits and two RBIs. "It was good that everybody contributed."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Hamilton swipes two more: After a leadoff single in the third inning, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton did what he does best. First, he stole second base with no throw for his 43rd steal of the year. He then swiped third on a delayed steal when Marlins catcher Realmuto lobbed the ball back to Conley. Hamilton's 44 steals lead the Majors, and he eventually scored on Frazier's sacrifice fly for a 2-0 advantage.
Gillespie makes Mays-like grab: Cole Gillespie is making the most of his limited opportunities since being called up from Triple-A New Orleans. In the second inning, Gillespie made an over-the-shoulder grab in center field to rob Marlon Byrd of extra bases. The grab brought back memories of legendary Willie Mays' basket catch to take a hit away from Vic Wertz in the 1954 World Series.
"I tried to run to a spot that I thought it was going to land," Gillespie said. "It started to kind of curve on me. I was able to stay with it." More >
Gordon dislocates thumb: Gordon's injury spoiled an otherwise breakout game for Miami. The speedster, who leads the Majors with 122 hits, dislocated his thumb on first base. Gordon's batting .338 and he's swiped 33 bases. His 122 hits is a franchise record for a Marlins hitter before the All-Star break. The All-Star won't be able to showcase his skills at the Midsummer Classic. More >
Reds pitching unravels: Iglesias was cruising for the first four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth when he was forced to exit with only one out after allowing three runs. Burke Badenhop came on in relief, but surrendered a two-out, two-run single to McGehee to make it 5-2. The Reds' bullpen then came apart in the seventh, allowing an eight-run inning as Manny Parra was charged with five runs without recording an out and Pedro Villarreal gave up three.
"There's a lot of elevation mistakes," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "If you go back and look at that [seventh] inning, you see how many base hits were on good, quality, well-located pitches -- there weren't many. To their credit, a lot of good pitches to hit get fouled off and they didn't miss them."
"[Jose] Fernandez ran up to me and said, that's the most we'd scored all year. Maybe even last year, too. This lineup is capable of doing those kinds of things. Me knowing that, going out there and pitch, it made it easy. Just stay within myself, pitch to my strengths and know those guys have the ability to string hits and score runs." -- Conley, the beneficiary of a big offensive night
"They started swinging the bats, boy, from the fifth to the eighth. They did some damage. That was some damage. I don't think I've ever seen nine consecutive hits before." -- Price on the Marlins' offense
After the game, Conley was optioned back to Triple-A New Orleans. Infielder Donovan Solano will be recalled from New Orleans.
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The last time the Reds surrendered 10 hits in an inning was on Aug. 21, 1961, vs. San Francisco in a 14-0 loss. In that game, Cincinnati's pitchers gave up 10 hits in the ninth inning.
WHAT'S NEXT Reds:Johnny Cueto (6-5, 2.61 ERA) -- with a 2.05 ERA in his past seven outings -- sends the Reds into the All-Star break as he gets the call for the series finale at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday. He's coming off a shutout win at Washington on Tuesday.
Marlins: Closing out the first half, the Marlins are going with right-hander Dan Haren (6-5, 3.34) in Sunday's contest at Marlins Park. Haren, the subject of trade speculation, has been Miami's most consistent starter in the first half.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.