MIAMI (AP) — Christian Yelich’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.
The Marlins snapped a three-game losing streak overall and a seven-game skid to the Reds.
Jeff Mathis, who was the center of Thursday’s controversy at the plate, doubled to left to lead off the 10th off Sam LeCure (1-3), advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Reed Johnson, and scored on the base hit to center by Yelich.
The Marlins’ Mike Dunn (9-5) struck out two batters in the top of the 10th after Chris Heisey delivered a pinch-hit triple.
Both starting pitchers, the Reds’ Homer Bailey and the Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi, pitched seven innings and allowed one run.
Yelich doubled in the third inning and Jordany Valdespin drove him home with a single to center to give the Marlins an early 1-0 lead.
Eovaldi issued a leadoff single to Ramon Santiago in the seventh inning, ending his night. Bryan Morris came on in relief and Billy Hamilton hit a bloop single to left to score Santiago, who slid in safely at home to beat Yelich’s throw and tie the game.
Mathis stayed back to wait for the throw, which could have affected the play. After the inning was over, Mathis was visibly frustrated in the dugout.
Giancarlo Stanton nearly hit a home run for the fourth consecutive game when he doubled off the right-field wall in the first inning.
Marlins All-Star Henderson Alvarez was placed on the disabled list on Friday, retroactive to July 30, with the hopes that he will just need the 15 days before his next appearance.
“It doesn’t appear to be a long-term thing, which is great news,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “It’s just a matter of him just getting himself feeling good, feeling healthy and getting back to playing catch and throwing again.”
Redmond added that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been dealing with a sore back, giving more opportunities to Mathis.
Mike Leake (8-9, 3.53) will start for the Reds in Sunday’s series finale against Jacob Turner (4-6, 5.69). Leake is coming off a win against Arizona on July 29, pitching 7 2-3 scoreless innings and striking out eight.