Votto powers Reds to win over Marlins 6-1


Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins o Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins o Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)


Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto (19) celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of the tema's baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)


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By The Associated Press

Miami Marlins (51-71, fifth in the NL East) vs. Cincinnati Reds (66-57, second in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Friday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Elieser Hernandez (0-0, 2.84 ERA, .79 WHIP, 13 strikeouts) Reds: Sonny Gray (4-6, 4.57 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 113 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Reds -200, Marlins +171; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Miami Marlins travel to face the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

The Reds are 33-29 on their home turf. Cincinnati is slugging .433 as a unit. Joey Votto leads the team with a .574 slugging percentage, including 44 extra-base hits and 27 home runs.

The Marlins are 21-41 on the road. Miami hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .299 this season, led by Miguel Rojas with a mark of .330.

The Reds won the last meeting 6-1. Luis Castillo earned his seventh victory and Votto went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Cincinnati. Nick Neidert registered his second loss for Miami.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nick Castellanos is second on the Reds with 52 extra base hits and is batting .315.

Jesus Aguilar leads the Marlins with 106 hits and is batting .262.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 5-5, .243 batting average, 3.81 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs

Marlins: 4-6, .257 batting average, 6.21 ERA, outscored by 10 runs

INJURIES: Reds: Art Warren: (oblique), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brad Brach: (shoulder), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), Jesse Winker: (intercostal).

Marlins: Cody Poteet: (knee), Zach Pop: (finger), Pablo Lopez: (rotator cuff), Jorge Guzman: (elbow), Daniel Castano: (shoulder), Jeff Brigham: (undisclosed), Garrett Cooper: (elbow), Joe Panik: (undisclosed), Jose Devers: (shoulder), Jon Berti: (concussion).

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto slammed a three-run homer, Luis Castillo pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Thursday night.

Votto’s 428-foot shot into the seats in right-center — his team-leading 27th homer — highlighted the Reds’ four-run fourth after Miami right-hander Nick Neidert had faced the minimum in the first three innings.

“Joey Votto, every night he does something cool,” said Reds second baseman Jonathan India, who had two hits, an RBI and scored on the homer. “It’s so fun to watch, and he’s been a leader all year for us. When Joey goes, we go.”

Castillo (7-12), averaging 97 mph on his four-seam fastball and sinker, allowed eight hits and struck out seven. Michael Lorenzen retired the Marlins in order in the eighth, and Tony Santillan did the same in ninth.

“I felt spectacular today, commanding the zone and commanding all my pitches as well,” Castillo said.

Kyle Farmer also hit a run-scoring double for the Reds, who rebounded after dropping two in a row and the series to the depleted Chicago Cubs.

Cincinnati moved within a game of the San Diego Padres for the second NL wild-card slot.

“They’re all going to be really important the rest of the way,” Reds manager David Bell said. “I was just really happy with just our whole day today.”

Neidert (1-2) — who got his first win of the season Aug. 4 but was demoted to Triple-A Jacksonville right after — was recalled before the game to start. He allowed four runs and five hits through five innings.

“Outside of the fourth inning, I had a good outing,” he said. “Even in the fourth inning, if I could have minimized the damage it would have been a good night.”

Jorge Alfaro had an RBI single in the fourth for the last-place Marlins.

MOVING ON UP

The 37-year-old Votto is moving up the Reds’ all-time lists, and he’s surrounded by Hall of Fame company. He’s now tied with Johnny Bench with 1,091 runs scored, behind only Pete Rose (1,741) and Barry Larkin (1,329). His 322 homers trail only Bench (389) and Frank Robinson (324). Votto has homered 15 times since the All-Star break.

BRIGHT SPOT

The Marlins’ Miguel Rojas got two more hits. He has hits in 22 of 26 games in the second half, including 10 multi-hit games.

TRANSACTIONS

Besides promoting Neidert, the Marlins brought up RHP Bryan Mitchell, sent LHP Daniel Castano and 3B Deven Marrero back to Triple-A, and designated RHP Luis Madero for assignment.

TRAINERS ROOM

Marlins: Placed RHP Jorge Guzman (right elbow soreness) on the 10-day injured list. He was promoted from Triple-A last weekend and had a couple rough outings against Atlanta.

Reds: OF Jessie Winker (intercostal strain) may be out longer than initially expected. The 28-year-old All-Star went on the 10-day injured list on Monday after he aggravated a strain of the muscles in the rib cage the previous day. … The Reds reversed OF Nick Senzel’s option and placed him back on the injured list. He has fluid on his surgically repaired left knee and will go to the Arizona facility for rehab. There is no timetable for his return.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins o Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/08/web1_127123551-0e727f8c9fed4bf394a6678bdb687cfc.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins o Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto (19) celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of the tema’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/08/web1_127123551-4d54e08c55e44a0cafe409183d9b8b12.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto (19) celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of the tema’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/08/web1_127123551-7d485c2dc01e4b5caec96061485006ce.jpgCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

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By The Associated Press

Miami Marlins (51-71, fifth in the NL East) vs. Cincinnati Reds (66-57, second in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Friday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Elieser Hernandez (0-0, 2.84 ERA, .79 WHIP, 13 strikeouts) Reds: Sonny Gray (4-6, 4.57 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 113 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Reds -200, Marlins +171; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Miami Marlins travel to face the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

The Reds are 33-29 on their home turf. Cincinnati is slugging .433 as a unit. Joey Votto leads the team with a .574 slugging percentage, including 44 extra-base hits and 27 home runs.

The Marlins are 21-41 on the road. Miami hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .299 this season, led by Miguel Rojas with a mark of .330.

The Reds won the last meeting 6-1. Luis Castillo earned his seventh victory and Votto went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Cincinnati. Nick Neidert registered his second loss for Miami.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nick Castellanos is second on the Reds with 52 extra base hits and is batting .315.

Jesus Aguilar leads the Marlins with 106 hits and is batting .262.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 5-5, .243 batting average, 3.81 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs

Marlins: 4-6, .257 batting average, 6.21 ERA, outscored by 10 runs

INJURIES: Reds: Art Warren: (oblique), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brad Brach: (shoulder), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), Jesse Winker: (intercostal).

Marlins: Cody Poteet: (knee), Zach Pop: (finger), Pablo Lopez: (rotator cuff), Jorge Guzman: (elbow), Daniel Castano: (shoulder), Jeff Brigham: (undisclosed), Garrett Cooper: (elbow), Joe Panik: (undisclosed), Jose Devers: (shoulder), Jon Berti: (concussion).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.