Ureña (1-4) was called up for the emergency start after Adam Conley went on the DL Sunday. In his last start before being sent down, the 24-year-old righty gave up eight runs in just over four innings against St. Louis.
Unfortunately for Miami, Ureña didn’t fare much better early on Tuesday night. After Christian Yelich opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first, Tucker Barnhart slammed home the loaded bases to give the Reds an early 5-1 lead.
Barhnart’s grand slam continued his hit streak to 12 games, as the catcher hasn’t gone hitless in a game since July. All five of Cincinnati’s first-inning runs came after Ureña earned two quick outs to start his game.
Dee Gordon brought the game into three-run territory when he manufactured a run in the top of the third. Gordon singled, stole a base, advanced to third on a groundout, and then scored on an Anthony DeSclafini (7-1) balk to bring the score to 5-2.
But that’s all the damage the Fish would do against DeSclafini. The former Marlins struck out six over six, while scattering seven hits.
Yelich collected his second RBI of the night on a solo shot off of Raisel Iglesias in the eighth, breaking a six-game streak where he had failed to drive in any runs.
An Ichiro triple and Adeiny Hechavarria walk brought up Chris Johnson as the potential tying run, but the pinch hitter grounded out sharply to third to induce the game-ending double play.
Miami will have two more chances to top the lowly Reds and increase their Wild Card lead before flying to Pittsburgh for a key series. Miami is now half a game in front of Pitt for the final NL Wild Card spot.