MIAMI (AP) - By one measure, the Reds endured their worst inning since 1961. Cincinnati happened to reach the World Series that year, which was absolutely no consolation to the 2015 team.
Two pitchers combined to give up 10 hits in the seventh inning Saturday, matching the Reds record set 54 years ago, and they lost to the Miami Marlins 14-3.
The Marlins set a franchise record with nine consecutive hits and scored eight runs.
“That was some damage,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen nine consecutive hits before.”
Manny Parra started the inning. All five batters he faced reached on hits and scored, and his ERA rose from 1.65 to 4.41.
“Manny threw the ball over the plate for the most part,” Price said, “but the quality of his strikes wasn’t what we’ve been used to seeing.”
Pedro Villarreal replaced Parra and gave up four consecutive hits before retiring a batter.
“If you go back and look at that inning and see how many base hits were on good, quality, well-located pitches, there weren’t many,” Price said.
The first hit in the inning was an infield single by All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, who dislocated his left thumb sliding headfirst to beat out the hit.
Gordon will miss the All-Star Game but might be sidelined only a week or two. X-rays were negative, and there was no apparent ligament damage, the Marlins said.
After Gordon left the game, J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, Christian Yelich had a double and a single, and reliever Mike Dunn singled for his first career hit in seven seasons.
“I looked up after I got the X-ray and saw Dunn’s hit,” Gordon said. “I said, ‘Dunn?!’ It was cool. We needed that, man.”
The Marlins had a season-high 21 hits, and their run total was a season high after they had scored just 12 runs in the past seven games.
Raisel Iglesias (1-2) took a shutout into the fifth but retired only one more batter and allowed five runs. He had been sidelined with a strained left oblique and was activated before the game from the disabled list.
“The game was good until the fifth inning,” Iglesias said through a translator. “And in the fifth, I was doing the same things I was doing before. Nothing different in that inning.”
Rookie Adam Conley (1-0) went five innings to earn his first major league victory in his first start. Following the spot start, he was optioned back to Triple-A New Orleans.
The Marlins finished 11 for 19 with runners in scoring position.
“Their pitchers were getting base hits - that’s how confident they were by the time the smoke cleared,” Price said.
Eugenio Suarez hit his fourth home run for the Reds.
Major league stolen base leader Billy Hamilton increased his total to 44 by swiping two bases, including one on a delayed steal of third that caught the Marlins in a lackadaisical moment and led to a run. Following a pitch, catcher Realmuto lobbed the ball back to Conley, and Hamilton stole third without a throw.
Reds: Price said he has not determined the order for his rotation after the All-Star break. He said ace Johnny Cueto, who pitches Sunday, will likely throw a side session on Thursday or Friday and pitch in one of next weekend’s games against the Cleveland Indians. Price said he remains confident RHP Anthony DeSclafani will miss only one start.
Cueto (6-5, 2.61) is scheduled to start Sunday against Dan Haren (6-5, 3.34). Cueto is 6-1 with a 4.04 ERA in seven career starts against Miami.
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