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CINCINNATI -- Brandon Phillips made the Miami Marlins pay for using some good strategy. Stephen Curry 2 Shoes . Right-hander Nick Wittgen walking left-handed Joey Votto with two outs and the tying run on second base made perfect sense.Until Phillips drove in two runs with his second double of the game and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.Billy Hamilton was on second base and Votto on first after being walked intentionally in the seventh inning. Phillips lined a fastball to the gap in right-center field to drive in the go-ahead runs.I was looking for a pitch out over the plate and I finally got it, said Phillips, who missed the previous two games with contusions on both knees.Wittgen (3-2) had no problem with manager Don Mattinglys decision.We had a righty against a lefty, and you dont want that, Wittgen said. I didnt make my pitches. I got behind, and he knew a 3-1 fastball was coming. He got good wood on it.Josh Smith (2-1) set up the comeback with two innings of scoreless relief after the Marlins had taken a 2-1 lead on third baseman Eugenio Suarezs two-out error of Marcell Ozunas routine grounder in the fifth. That allowed Christian Yelich to score from second.Blake Wood pitched a perfect eighth and Tony Cingrani retired the side in the ninth for his 15th save in 20 chances and second in two games.The loss cost Miami a chance to move into a three-way tie with San Francisco and Pittsburgh behind St. Louis in the National League wild-card standings.It doesnt always come easy, Reds manager Bryan Price said. (The Marlins) battle. Theyre in the race for a reason.Andrew Cashner was in line for his first win for Miami in his fourth start since being acquired from San Diego on July 29. Cashner, who was 0-2 with a 6.61 ERA with the Marlins, allowed five hits and one run with four walks and one strikeout.Homer Bailey, making his fourth start overall and first at home since coming back from Tommy John surgery in May 2015, left trailing 2-1 after five innings. He gave up all six Miami hits and one earned run -- Ozunas 21st homer leading off the fourth -- with one walk and six strikeouts in his first start in Cincinnati since Aug. 7, 2014.Phillips and Suarez tied the score with consecutive doubles in the fourth.LONG TIMEOzunas home run was the first allowed by Bailey since the Brewers Aramis Ramirez took him deep on April 23, 2015, at Milwaukee. Bailey underwent Tommy John surgery the next month.SERIES-OUSMiamis Martin Prado singled in his first at-bat to improve to 6 for 10 in the series. Phillips had to make a leaping catch of Prados hard line drive in his next at-bat. Prado finished 6 for 12 in the series.HOTTOVotto singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to nine games (16 for 36, .485).NOTTOTucker Barnhart went 0 for 3 with a walk to see his hitting streak stopped at a career-high 12 games.TRAINING ROOMMarlins: Miami will be careful not to overuse 42-year-old RF Ichiro Suzuki with Giancarlo Stanton on the DL. Its important that we dont run him into the ground, Mattingly said. I dont know if he wants to hear that or not. Hes probably in the best shape of anybody on the team.Reds: LF Adam Duvalls left foot is immobilized in a walking boot to help him heal after fouling a ball off it on Monday. Price expects Duvall to be out a couple of days.UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Jose Fernandez (12-6), Thursdays scheduled Miami starter in the finale of the four-game series in Cincinnati, didnt allow an earned run or a walk and finished with eight strikeouts in seven innings against Cincinnati on July 8.Reds: Cincinnatis projected Thursday starter, RHP Dan Straily (8-6), is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break. Under Armour Steph Curry 3 . -- Arizona knocked off some quality opponents, rolled over a few overmatched ones and grinded out victories even when things didnt go so well. Under Armour Scorpio . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. . LOUIS -- Mike Smith is used to facing plenty of shots, so this was nothing new. After all the New Zealand talk that a one-off Test would be exciting, theyve actually decided they would have preferred a few more matches after they lost at SuperSport Park.Its a shame, really, to just play the one Test and for that to be the decider, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.Centurion became a shoot-out because of the Durban abandonment and, in a bid to strike the first blow, Williamson chose to bowl first. He saw grass on the Centurion pitch - more grass than we sometimes see at the height of the summer - and he had heard that it would be soft and spongy and would get easier for batting as the sun baked the surface. It turned out that Faf du Plessis would have done exactly the same thing, even though hindsight showed it would have been a mistake.It was a good toss to lose and unfortunately I won it, Williamson said, as he admitted he second-guessed himself by the end of the first session on the first day. Naturally when they are 130 without loss, it crosses your mind. But there was enough in the wicket to have restricted them to a below-par total. History shows wickets fall in clumps and we werent able to do that.New Zealands short-ball strategy was one of the reasons South Africa scored a quickly and Williamson conceded that was a strategic error. Youre right. That first session, we were a little short, he said.That, combined with a poor track record on DRS and umpiring errors, left New Zealand having to work much harder than they did in Durban, where they dismissed South Africa for 263. But that was oonly the half of it. Curry 1 Under Armour. When South Africa unleashed their rejuvenated pace pack on New Zealand, it was clear there was a difference in quality between the two sides. New Zealands openers could not cope with the moving ball, their big guns did not fire and their long tail could not delay the inevitable.Williamson chose to look at the challenge as a lesson for New Zealand, particularly for their younger batsmen. Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander are two world-class bowlers and they have shown it. Then you throw Kagiso Rabada into the mix and on surfaces that are offering, they will find anything, Williamson said. Its a challenge the batters were excited to come up against. In terms of experience, there is no better to move your game forward.Henry Nicholls benefited the most from that experience with 76 in the second innings. Only Williamson himself, who scored 77 in the first, managed more runs but he is also still learning in terms of his new leadership role. It is very enjoyable, he said. Theyre a great bunch of guys and its nice to be a part of this unit and lead the side. Its better when you are winning.He would know. He now has a series loss and a series win to his name and was as gracious in defeat in South Africa as he was in victory in Zimbabwe, although, ultimately, he wanted a few more matches. The better team won but it would have been great to play another game or another two. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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