- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - Anthony DeSclafani’s fast start turned into a sour finish for the Cincinnati Reds.

DeSclafani was hit hard in Miami’s three-run fourth inning, and the Reds went on to a 5-0 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night.

DeSclafani (5-5) needed 33 pitches to get through the fourth after throwing a total of 37 while facing 10 batters through the first three. He lasted five innings against his former team, allowing three runs and four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. He also hit a batter.

“DeSclafani made some pitches he’d like to have back,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Justin Nicolino pitched seven innings for Miami in his major league debut, and Derek Dietrich homered twice. The Marlins snapped a three-game losing streak.

Nicolino was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to start in place of right-hander Tom Koehler, who was scratched with back and neck soreness. Nicolino roomed with DeSclafani in the minors.

“I’m happy for him,” DeSclafani said. “I know how hard he’s worked to get here.”

The Reds got just one runner past second base against Nicolino and relievers Carter Capps and A.J. Ramos while being shut out for the fifth time this season. They finished with just five hits.

The Marlins went hitless through the first three innings for the fourth consecutive game before Dietrich launched his second homer of the season 439 feet into the seats in right. The homer snapped an 0-for-8 slump by Dietrich.

Miami added two more runs in the inning. Justin Bour had a run-scoring groundout before J.T. Realmuto lined an RBI double over Marlon Byrd’s head in left field.

“I fell behind and made a mistake to Dietrich,” DeSclafani said. “I have to do a better job.”

Dietrich added a two-run homer off Manny Parra in the seventh for his first career multihomer game. Parra had retired 21 consecutive batters since coming off the disabled list on May 25 before being greeted by Dee Gordon’s double and Dietrich’s 342-foot line drive down the right-field line.

“Dietrich gave us the power,” manager Dan Jennings said. “It was huge to hit the ball the way he did. He got the head out and made the most of it.”


Marlins: RHP Bryan Morris, on the DL with a lower back strain, is expected to pitch a couple of innings Sunday for Single-A Jupiter on a rehab assignment, Jennings said.

Reds: RHP Raisel Iglesias (strained left oblique) and LHP Tony Cingrani (strained left shoulder), both on the DL, could be back before the All-Star break, Price said.


Marlins: RHP David Phelps (4-3) hopes to extend his hot streak when he starts the finale of the three-game series on Sunday. Phelps is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his last two starts, both at home against Colorado and the Yankees.

Reds: Rookie RHP Michael Lorenzen (2-2) will try to win consecutive starts for the first time. The appearance will be his first against the Marlins.


Reds C Devin Mesoraco is scheduled to have surgery on June 29 in New York City to repair his left hip impingement. Mesoraco, a 2014 All-Star, hasn’t caught since April 12 and has been on the disabled list since May 25. He is expected to be ready for spring training.


The Reds’ Saturday crowd of 36,755 pushed the team’s total to 1,005,710 in the 33rd home date, the fastest the franchise has reached seven figures in the 13-year history of Great American Ball Park.


DeSclafani lost the game but one-upped his former roommate at the plate. DeSclafani singled off Nicolino and struck Nicolino out.

“He was mad at me for throwing him three sliders,” DeSclafani said. “I got lucky on the hit. You have to do what you can to help your team win.”

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