All of Miami's struggles were evident during the 7th inning of their 10-6 loss to the Reds on Sunday afternoon.
After a decent start by Alex Sanabia, Jon Rauch struggled to record outs. On a line drive hit his way, Giancarlo Stanton bobbled the ball in right field. And in the top of the inning, the team struggled to make contact with the ball, as Logan Ondrusek struck out the side.
Cincinnati got off to a quick start against Alex Sanabia. Shin-Soo Choo was hit by pitch, and after Xavier Paul grounded into a double play, Joey Votto crushed a Sanabia changeup to right field to give the Reds an early 1-0 edge.
Miami was able to tie the game in the top of the second against Homer Bailey. With one out, the Marlins hit three consecutive singles off of Bailey, with the third being an RBI hit for former Red Chris Valaika to tie the game at one.
Sanabia got into trouble again in the third inning. Bailey and Choo led off the inning with consecutive singles, and after getting Paul to pop out, Sanabia gave up a single to Votto. Bailey was being held at third, though after Justin Ruggiano bobbled the ball in center field, the Red were able to regain the lead.
For the second time on the afternoon, Chris Valaika was able to tie the game. Rob Brantly led off the sixth with a double, and Nick Green put down a sacrifice bunt which moved Brantly to third. With the infield in, Valaika singled to center, making it a 2-2 game.
Sanabia got into trouble that he would be unable to get himself out of in the seventh. Shin-Soo Choo walked to open the inning, and Xavier Paul and Votto both singled, loading the bases.
Sanabia ended up going six innings and giving up five runs while walking five.
Jon Rauch relieved Sanabia, however he struggled to make it out of the inning. The Reds scored eight in the frame and took a 10-2 lead.
Giancarlo Stanton got his first RBI of the year on Sunday, as he singled and drove home Austin Kearns in the top of the 9th. Miguel Olivo also homered against Cincinnati reliever Manny Parra, which made it a 10-6 game before Parra got Ruggiano to fly out to end the game.
Miami will look to bounce back as they play their first interleague series of the year against the Twins in Minnesota on Monday.