MIAMI (AP) — Martin Prado had three hits, including a double that put the Miami Marlins ahead to stay, and they beat the shaky Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Saturday.
Prado hiked his average to .323 and capped a rally in the fifth inning with a two-out, two-run double that right fielder Jay Bruce misjudged. J.T. Realmuto added two hits and scored three times.
All-Star Adam Duvall hit his 23rd home run for the Reds, and Brandon Phillips had two hits and an RBI with a broken left hand. Phillips played less than 24 hours after suffering a hairline fracture when he was hit by a pitch from Jose Fernandez.
Too often the last-place Reds hurt themselves. John Lamb (1-6) took the loss despite a career-high nine strikeouts in five innings, and defensive lapses contributed to all three runs against him, with one unearned.
In addition, conservative baserunning likely cost Cincinnati a run in the fifth. Catcher Ramon Cabrera led off with an apparent triple to right field, but third base coach Billy Hatcher stopped him at second.
Miami center fielder Marcell Ozuna threw out Phillips trying to advance from first to third on a single in the seventh. Phillips was initially ruled safe, but the call was reversed in a replay review, and the Reds failed to score despite three hits in the inning.
Cincinnati also dropped the ball on a rundown but still came managed the putout, however unsightly. It was scored 1-3-6-3-1-4.
Adam Conley (6-5) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He also singled to start a Miami rally, raising his average to .065.
Four relievers combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings. A.J. Ramos pitched around a walk in the ninth for his 27th save and was helped by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who made a leaping catch of a liner by Phillips.
Miami has won the first two games of the series while outscoring Cincinnati 7-3.
The Marlins took the lead for good in the fifth by scoring two runs after the first two batters were retired. Conley started the rally when he singled off Lamb’s glove. Realmuto also singled, and both runners scored on Prado’s double that eluded a retreating Bruce near the wall.
The Marlins scored an unearned run in the first inning when Realmuto came home from third on a passed ball. Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run in the eighth with a single that shattered his bat into at least four pieces.
Ozuna learned less than two hours before the game he will start in the All-Star Game because of injuries to other players.
“I feel awesome,” Ozuna said. “I never think of starting in the All-Star Game.”
Bruce was added to the NL roster and became a three-time All-Star.
Marlins: RHP Carter Capps is scheduled to begin throwing July 19 and remains on schedule in his comeback from Tommy John surgery.
Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (6-7, 4.40) is scheduled to start Sunday against LHP Cody Reed (0-3, 9.00).
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