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.
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.
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.
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.
Marlins right-hander Elieser Hernandez (0-0, 2.84 ERA) will be on the mound Friday night against Reds right-hander Sonny Gray (4-6, 4.47). Hernandez was effective last time out in just his third start of the season. He allowed four hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Cubs last Sunday. Gray allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a Reds win over the Phillies on Sunday.
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