Hero Of The Game: Jose Reyes (.238 WPA)
Goat Of The Game: Carlos Zambrano (-.320 WPA)
Play Of The Game: With a runner on second and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Jose Reyes doubled which allowed Austin Kearns to score and tied the game at 4. (.333 WPA)
Trying to win three games in a row for the first time since the beginning of July, the Marlins battled back to tie the game before Carlos Zambrano gave up the go ahead run in the eleventh, as Miami was unable to win game three of the series.
Cincinnati got on the board first against Ricky Nolasco in the top of the second. Todd Frazier and Dioner Navarro both singled, setting the Reds up with runners on first and third with one out. Didi Gregorious then singled to right field to give the Reds an early one run lead.
Reds starter Mat Latos and Nolasco had both settled in, until the Reds scored another run in the fourth. Navarro and Gregorious both singled to begin the inning, and following a Latos sacrifice bunt, second baseman Brandon Phillips hit a ground ball to third base that allowed Navarro to score and gave the Reds a 2-0 lead.
Offensively, Miami was able to cross the plate twice against Latos in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Lee both walked before third baseman Greg Dobbs hit a ball well to right field for a triple that tied the game at two.
Cincinnati continued to add on against Nolasco, as they put up another run in the fifth. Navarro singled to center field to allow Joey Votto to score, giving the Reds another one run lead.
Nolasco went five innings and gave up ten hits and three runs while striking out four and not issuing any walks.
Ryan Webb replaced Nolasco in the sixth, and gave up a run to a Reds lineup that for some time consistently scored runs without Joey Votto. Brandon Phillips singled and stole a base with one out, and two batters later, Ryan Ludwick singled to give the Reds a two run advantage.
Miami, despite being shut down by Latos throughout the early innings, was able to tie the game after scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh and eighth. Carlos Lee doubled and scored on a ground ball off the bat of Donovan Solano in the seventh, and Austin Kearns singled and scored on a Jose Reyes double in the eighth to tie the game at four and chase Latos out of the game.
After Webb, Miami's bullpen kept the Marlins in the game, as Daniel Jennings, A.J. Ramos, and Chad Gaudin, Mike Dunn, and Steve Cishek all pitched well in relief.
Carlos Zambrano entered the game to pitch the 11th, and got into some trouble. Chris Heisey led off the inning with a single, and Zambrano subsequently walked Joey Votto. Ryan Ludwick then singled to give the Reds a 5-4 lead.
Jonathan Broxton worked around a two out walk to Donovan Solano and shut the Marlins down in the bottom of the 11th, allowing the Reds to salvage a game of the three game series.
The Marlins will look to bounce back on Monday when they play the first of three games against the Braves at Marlins Park.