MIAMI -- The Marlins' bats have come alive. After scoring 14 runs on Saturday, Miami took an early lead against Johnny Cueto and topped the Reds 8-1 behind a quality start from Dan Haren in front of 23,842 at Marlins Park on Sunday afternoon.
"Just a tremendous performance the last couple days by our offense," Manager Dan Jennings said. "Our guys grinded, had a great approach, and hit the ball all over the place. Good to see the quality at-bats they're giving us."
Cincinnati took a quick lead against Haren in the first, as Brandon Phillips doubled to open the game and scored on a Todd Frazier RBI single.
But the Marlins tagged Cueto for three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Chrisitan Yelich singled and Justin Bour doubled with one out before Casey McGehee's two-RBI double gave the Marlins an edge. J.T. Realmuto grounded out which plated another run and pushed Miami's lead to two.
Miami got to Cueto again in the bottom of the fifth, as Justin Bour's two-out, two RBI double gave the Marlins a 5-1 edge.
"I'm proud of these guys," Jennings said. "We would love to carry this into the second half. We did a nice job with runners in scoring position. Last night we were 12-for-19 situational hitting and tonight we were very good."
The Marlins knocked Cueto out after five innings during which he allowed five runs (three earned) while walking one and striking out a pair.
Haren pitched well through six innings, allowing one run while walking and striking out three.
"It's a good way to finish the half," Haren said. "I was able to make some good pitches and get some strikeouts. I was in jams a couple of times but was able to pitch out of it. [The first half] has been pretty smooth. I think a lot of that has to do with the good defense behind me."
Mike Dunn tossed a scoreless top of the seventh and the Marlins added three runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Eugenio Suarez throwing error and Justin Bour single to right field. Carter Capps pitched an inning of scoreless relief before A.J. Ramos kept the Reds off the board in the ninth.
"If we can get everybody back to the way this was put on paper in the winter, we have a chance to come out right away and play our best baseball," Jennings said. "Very promising pitching and I think things can improve. It's good to see."
- Christian Yelich has reached base in 15 consecutive games.
- Casey McGehee has a hit in every game since joining the Marlins on Friday night.
- Ichiro Suzuki now has 494 career stolen bases, the most among any active players.
- Carter Capps has struck out at least one batter in 22 of 23 contests this season.
Hero of The Game: Justin Bour (+.208 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Ichiro Suzuki (-.086 WPA)
Play of The Game: Casey McGehee doubled in the fourth inning, driving in a pair of runs. (+.177 WPA)