CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Urena had a tough time keeping the ball down in the first inning, then lasted long enough to earn another start.
Urena allowed Tucker Barnhart’s first career grand slam in a five-run first inning for the Cincinnati Reds, 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.
“That first inning was tough,” said Urena, recalled from Triple-A New Orleans before the game. “I was trying to keep the ball down, but I couldn’t find it. I was hanging too many breaking balls.”
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.
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.
“Obviously, that hurts you a little bit,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “We get our run and get off on a good foot with the two quick outs, but then they score five. He bounced back, but he didn’t get out of the inning. You’ve got to make a pitch.”
“In this ballpark, you think you have a chance,” Mattingly added.
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.
DeSclafani made his major league debut with Miami in 2014 before being traded to the Reds for pitcher Mat Latos.
Urena (1-4) gave up five runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings.
“After the first inning, he was good,” said Mattingly, adding that Urena would stay in Miami’s rotation for now.
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: Anthony 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.
BIG LEAGUE CHEW: Plate umpire D.J. Rayburn ejected Miami assistant hitting coach Frank Menechino in the ninth inning for what Mattingly said was throwing his gum on to the field.
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.
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.
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