MIAMI (AP) — Rookie Hunter Greene won for the first time in nearly two months, allowing a hit in six scoreless innings to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the shocked Miami Marlins 3-1 Monday night.
Albert Almora Jr. had three hits, including two doubles, in his first game off the injured list. Joey Votto walked twice and scored a single for the Reds, who won their third in a row as they began a 10-game four-city journey.
Cincinnati outfielder Tommy Pham was on the original roster, then was pulled and traded to Boston for a name-or-pay player.
“Tommy Pham, just a great guy in this team,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He’s handled everything very well since the first day he arrived here. I think he’ll finish strong. I’m very happy for him from that point of view.
Miami has lost eight straight home games and 11 of 15 overall.
Greene (4-12) struck out eight and didn’t walk. He was 0-5 in eight starts since beating Arizona on June 6.
“I felt like all of my pitches were activated. They all felt good,” Greene said. “When all of these things come together, I’m not going to say easy, but it helps a lot.”
For Greene, facing the same opponent in back-to-back starts is another step on his learning curve. Greene allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings against Miami on July 26.
“Knowing how to approach a team when you’ve just seen them or having to face two or three more times is just the reality of the game,” Greene said.
Reiver Sanmartin, Ian Gibaut and Hunter Strickland completed the five batters. Strickland allowed a two-out single to slugger Nick Fortes, then retired Jacob Stallings on a flyout for his seventh save in 10 chances.
Three hitters hit Greene, who topped 100 mph with six pitches and averaged 98.6 mph with his fastball. Charles Leblanc isolated the 22-year-old right-hander with one out in the third, and Green hit a pair of pitchers, Jesús Sanchez in the fifth and Stallings in the sixth.
Jesús Luzardo (2-4) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings and struck out five. It was the first major league outing since May 10 for the 24-year-old southpaw, who was sidelined with a left forearm injury.
“It was amazing to be back on the mound,” Luzardo said. “A few months ago, I didn’t know where I would be in terms of health. The first week (after the injury) was extremely frustrating, then I stopped feeling sorry for myself.
Almora played his first big league game since July 10 after a stint on the COVID-10 injured list and snapped an 0-for-17 slide with a two-point brace in the second that landed on the home run. right field warning.
Jonathan India added a two-out RBI single in the seventh against Steven Okert.
THE IMMEDIATE REPLACEMENT OF PHAM
Matt Reynolds was told he would replace Pham in the lineup 15 minutes before the game. And when he took left field, Reynolds was quickly tested by catching Joey Wendle’s flyball to lead first.
“That’s how baseball works,” Reynolds said. “I swear. once you get started in the game, the ball finds you.
Votto tied Eddie Murray with 1,333 steps for 38th.
Reds: Hunter Strickland reinstated from the mourners list. OF Stuart Fairchild and RHP Ryan Hendrix have been opted for Triple-A Louisville.
Marlins: Selected contract RHP Aneurys Zabala from Triple-A Jacksonville and opted for RHP Nick Neidert at the same club. LHP Jake Fishman was nominated for the assignment.
Reds: C Tyler Stephenson (broken right collarbone) has been moved to the 60-day injured list. … INF Max Schrock was scheduled to join the club on its Miami series taxi squad before fracturing his right kneecap during a Saturday game in Louisville.
Marlins: RHP Max Meyer (torn right elbow ligament) will undergo Tommy John surgery on August 8 in Los Angeles. … RHP Cole Sulser (right side strain) pitched an inning in a rehab game Sunday at Class A Jupiter and is expected to join Triple-A Jacksonville on Thursday. … RHP Jordan Holloway (right elbow impact) was moved to the 60-day injured list.
The Reds RHP Graham Ashcraft (4-2, 4.64) will kick off Game 2 of the series on Tuesday while the Marlins go with LHP Braxton Garrett (2-4, 3.96).
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Hunter Greene of the Cincinnati Reds throws to Charles Leblanc of the Miami Marlins in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Hunter Greene of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Hunter Greene of the Cincinnati Reds throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)