MIAMI -- Mike Leake dominated the Marlins in 2015. After tossing seven shutout innings against Miami in Cincinnati at the end of June, he pitched eight scoreless on Friday night as the Reds topped the Marlins 1-0 in front of a crowd of 22,222 at Marlins Park.
"It was just a pitching duel," Manager Dan Jennings said. "David Phelps threw the ball outstanding. He did a great job first time back in the rotation for us. We were a little short."
Jay Bruce gave the Reds a one run edge that would not be lost after opening the second inning with a first pitch solo home run against David Phelps.
Phelps pitched well through six innings, allowing five hits and one run while walking a batter and striking out four.
"They're all tough," Phelps said. "It's frustrating. [Bruce] was seeing the ball out of my hand pretty well. I throw a lot of first pitch fastballs. "
Miami had an opportunity to score in the sixth, as Ichiro Suzuki opened the frame with a pinch hit single and was in scoring position following a Dee Gordon sacrifice bunt. But Mike Leake got Christian Yelich and Adeiny Hechavarria to ground out to end the threat.
Leake was dominant over eight innings, allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out ten. He has tossed 15 scoreless innings against the Marlins this season.
"[Leake] had great command of his cutter," Jennings said. "It looks like the fastball but has some late life at the plate. He's tough to square up. He's had success against us over time."
Casey McGehee doubled with two outs in the eighth but Leake struck Dee Gordon out to end the frame.
Bryan Morris pitched well in two innings of scoreless relief, walking one and striking out four. Sam Dyson tossed a scoreless top of the ninth and despite an Hechavarria one-out single against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth, the Marlins were unable to tie the contest at one.
"Our two best power bats had an opportunity to run into something," Jennings said. "It was just a tremendous pitching duel."
- Christian Yelich has reached base in 13 consecutive contests and is batting .381 over that span.
- Ichiro Suzuki has nine pinch hits in 2015, tied for second in all of baseball.
- Adam Conley will take the mound in game three on Saturday at 4:10 EST.
Player of The Game: David Phelps (+.169 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Dee Gordon (-.176 WPA)
Play of The Game: Jay Bruce homered in the second inning to give the Reds a one run lead that would not be lost.