September 23, 2018 / 2:04 AM / 2 months ago

Dean homers again as Marlins breeze past Reds

Rookie left fielder Austin Dean homered and drove in three runs to lead the Miami Marlins to a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

It was Dean’s fourth homer since making his major-league debut on Aug. 15. The three RBIs marked a career high for Dean.

The Reds were led by pinch hitter Gabriel Guerrero, who hit his first major league homer, an eighth-inning blast that ended Miami’s hopes of a shutout.

Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett, trying to catch Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich for the National League batting title, went 1-for-4 and is hitting .316.

Jose Urena (8-12) beat the Reds for the second time in as many career starts against them, allowing three hits, one walk and no runs in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two and got seven ground-ball outs, but he was forced to leave the game due to an unspecified injury.

Urena got relief help from Jarlin Garcia, Nick Wittgren, Adam Conley and Drew Steckenrider. They combined to hold the Reds to one run in 3 1/3 innings.

Former Marlins right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (7-7) took the loss, allowing six hits, one walk and five runs (three earned). He struck out a season-high 10 batters, including five straight between the first and second innings.

The only previous time DeSclafani struck out 10 batters was on Sept. 12, 2015.

However, DeSclafani made two errors in Saturday’s fourth inning, and that led to a pair of unearned runs that snapped a scoreless tie.

With one out and nobody on, J.T. Realmuto’s slow bouncer got between DeSclafani’s legs for the first error. Brian Anderson drew a two-out walk, and Lewis Brinson followed with an RBI single. Anderson then advanced to third when DeSclafani tried to pick him off of second, and Dean hit an opposite-field single.

Miami put up another crooked number in the sixth as Realmuto doubled, Anderson hit an RBI single and Dean slugged a two-run homer on a blast to left-center that had a 99 mph exit velocity.

The Reds got their run on the first pitch of the eighth as Guerrero hit his homer on an 86 mph slider from Wittgren.

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