MIAMI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds benefited from Major League Baseball’s new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking the plate in a 3-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto (12-6) struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings and Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 25th home run for Miami and Tom Koehler (7-8) took the loss allowing two unearned runs in seven innings.
With the Marlins leading 1-0 in the top of the eighth, the Reds loaded the bases with one out. Bryan Morris got Todd Frazier to fly out to right fielder Stanton whose throw to the plate easily beat Zack Cozart for what appeared to be the final out of the inning when catcher Jeff Mathis tagged out Cozart, who trotted in without a slide.
However, after a 6-minute, 10-second instant replay review, the call was overturned because Mathis was ruled to be blocking the plate and Cozart was called safe tying the game 1-1.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond was immediately ejected after throwing his hat to the ground and arguing with the umpires. Redmond kicked his hat on his way back to the dugout for good measure.
Ludwick took advantage of the good fortune and followed with a two-run single to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.
Jonathan Broxton struck out Stanton to end the eighth with two runners on base.
Reds reliever Manny Parra (stiff back) has not pitched since July 20. “He is improving,” manager Bryan Price said. “He played catch today. It’s as day-to-day as it comes. It always seems like it’s a day away from him actually being a piece of what we’re doing.”
Price added that Parra could potentially be placed on the disabled list if the issue lingers and with outfielder Jay Bruce expected to rejoin the team on Friday after going on the bereavement list on Tuesday following the death of his grandfather.
The Reds’ Mat Latos (2-3, 3.31) will start Friday’s game against the Marlins’ Jacob Turner (4-6, 5.69). Latos is 0-3 with a 5.26 ERA in seven starts against the Marlins. Turner will be making his first start at Marlins Park since May 31 against Atlanta.