August 28, 2019 / 2:59 AM / 22 days ago

Castillo fans 11 as Reds top Marlins

Luis Castillo struck out 11 batters in six innings to beat his former team as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the host Miami Marlins 8-5 on Tuesday night.

Aug 27, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Austin Dean (44) looks on after taking batting practice prior to the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Catcher Curt Casali had a big game for the Reds, tying the score 3-3 with a solo homer in the fourth inning and giving Cincinnati a lead it did not relinquish with a two-run single in the fifth.

The Reds also got two-run homers from Eugenio Suarez and Nick Senzel.

Suarez, who has a team-best and a career-high 37 homers, leads all National League players with 17 second-half dingers.

Senzel, Cincinnati’s center fielder and leadoff hitter, went 2-for-3 with a walk, a steal, an outfield assist, three RBIs and the homer.

Castillo (13-5), who was traded by the Marlins for the second time on Jan. 19, 2017, improved his career record against Miami to 3-0.

Still, he wasn’t entirely sharp, allowing seven hits, two walks and five runs.

Raisel Iglesias picked up his 27th save of the season, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He inherited a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth and retired the only batter he faced in the frame, Martin Prado, on a long fly out.

Iglesias then got out of a two-on, two-out predicament in the ninth, inducing a game-ending groundout from Neil Walker.

Caleb Smith (8-8) took the loss, allowing five hits, three walks and five runs in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five.

Smith, who finished August with a 1-4 record and a 7.11 ERA, got off to a poor start as Cincinnati hit three first-inning fly balls that reached at least the warning track. Only one went for a hit — Suarez’s two-run homer.

Miami tied the score 2-2 in the bottom of the first. Jon Berti hit a leadoff double to left, Walker drew a two-out walk, and rookie Isan Diaz drove them both in with a double off the wall in center. Diaz was then thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple, ending the rally.

The Marlins took a 3-2 lead in the second as their first three batters all singled, with the RBI going to Austin Dean, who ripped a first-pitch, 96 mph fastball to center.

That’s when Casali took over. He pulled a 3-2 fastball to left in the fourth for his seventh homer of the season, and he added his two-run single in the next frame.

Senzel and Miami’s Jorge Alfaro traded two-run homers in the sixth. Senzel’s RBI single gave Cincinnati an 8-5 lead in the seventh for the final margin.

—Field Level Media

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