Hero of the Game: Marcell Ozuna (0.449 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Steve Cishek (-0.435 WPA)
Play of the Game: Marcell Ozuna tripled to center in the ninth inning, scoring Adeiny Hechavarria (0.468 WPA).
The Miami Marlins staged an improbable ninth inning comeback against Mat Latos and Aroldis Chapman, but couldn't hold on in extra innings, eventually falling 5-3. The loss represented the Marlins' fifth consecutive loss, and their fifth time being swept this year.
Before the late-inning shenanigans, the Marlins and Reds engaged in a thrilling pitching duel between Jose Fernandez and Mat Latos. Juan Pierre got to Latos early, pulling a fastball out to right field and into the stands to lead off the bottom of the first.
The Reds' powerful left-handed batters finally managed to score off Fernandez in the fourth. Joey Votto hit a line drive that dropped in front of Pierre, which Votto stretched into a double. Jay Bruce later singled to left, scoring Votto. Pierre's weak arm strength hurt the Marlins twice in the same inning.
The Reds later took the lead in the sixth inning on a Brandon Phillips home run. Fernandez finished the game with seven innings pitched and two earned runs, pitching deeper into the game than in any previous start.
After failing to generate any offense against Latos for five innings, Adeiny Hechavarria and Derek Dietrich both reached base to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Manager Mike Redmond decided rather strangely to have Marcell Ozuna bunt the runners over.
Adeiny Hechavarria forced Latos out of the game by smashing a triple to center field in the ninth inning, bringing Aroldis Chapman into the game. Chapman turned out to be off his game for the second night in a row. Marcell Ozuna crushed a 98 mile per hour fastball over Shin-Shoo Choo's head for another triple, which tied the game 2-2.
The exciting come-back was quickly deflated by Steve Cishek's implosion in the tenth inning. Cishek allowed a single to Donald Lutz, then walked Choo to begin the inning. Cishek walked Votto to load the bases, hoping to setup a double play. No double play came. Instead, Brandon Phillips drove in Lutz on a sacrifice fly. Cishek wasn't finished, allowing a bases-clearing double to Jay Bruce.
The Marlins staged a two-out rally in the bottom of the tenth, but could only muster one run.