Leake leads Reds over Marlins 1-0

LEAKE

MIAMI (AP) — Mike Leake allowed three hits and struck out 10 in eight innings, and Jay Bruce homered in the second inning to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 Friday.

Leake (6-5) walked one and threw 102 pitches. All-Star Aroldis Chapman gave up a single to Adeiny Hechavarria on a 103-mph fastball in the ninth but struck out the side to earn his 18th save in 19 chances.

Bruce’s 13th homer was the only run allowed by David Phelps (4-5), who pitched six innings.

The Marlins went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position. Their final threat against Leake came in the eighth when Casey McGehee, signed before the game to rejoin Miami, had a pinch-hit double with two outs. Dee Gordon then struck out to end the inning.

Gordon, who leads the majors with 119 hits, struck out a season-high three times. Justin Bour and Michael Morse each had three of the Marlins’ 13 strikeouts.

Miami and Cincinnati have combined to score three runs while splitting the first two games of the series.

Leake needed only six pitches to get through the first inning. He retired the first 10 batters before Christian Yelich walked. Derek Dietrich singled in the fifth for Miami’s first hit, and pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki singled in the sixth.

Leake improved to 5-1 in six career starts against the Marlins with an ERA of 1.33.

The Marlins have struggled to score without injured slugger Giancarlo Stanton, and they’ve totaled 12 runs in their past seven games.

Bruce led off the second with a homer and also doubled. The Reds totaled seven hits and won despite going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

REMEMBERING STABLER

Marlins manager Dan Jennings was a friend of former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, who died Wednesday. They were from the same part of Alabama, and Jennings became a Raiders fan because of the fun-loving Stabler.

“He opened a country and western bar in Mobile about the time I turned 21,” Jennings said. “I have some fond memories of that thanks to the Snake. My wife didn’t know that side of me, or I wouldn’t be married.”

UP NEXT

RHP Raisel Iglesias (1-1, 5.11) will come off the disabled list to make a spot start Saturday for Cincinnati against Miami RHP Mat Latos (3-6, 4.90).

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