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Final: Reds 7 Marlins 3

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 03: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds high-fives teammates after scoring during the third inning of the game at Marlins Park on August 03, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Hits, 2-out hits, hits with runners in scoring position and runs? Who are these guys?
The Reds scored multiple runs in an inning three times and backed Mike Leake's pitching with 7 runs and 15 hits in a 7-3 win Sunday that gave the Reds 3 of 4 over the Marlins. The series win was the Reds first since the All-Star break, and coupled with a Milwaukee loss, pulled the Reds within 4.5 games of first place in the NL Central.

T3: Zack Cozart RBI 1B scored Devin Mesoraco, 1-0 Reds
T3: Bruce went other way for RBI 1B to score Hamilton, 2-0 Reds
T3: Ludwick smoked RBI 2B, 3-0 Reds
T4: Hamilton 2-out RBI 1B, 4-0 Reds (largest lead All-Star break).
T4: Frazier 2-out RBI 1B, 5-0.
B4: Jeff Mathis 2-out RBI 1B, 5-1 Reds
T6: Mesoraco 2-out 2 RBI 1B scores Leake and Hamilton, 7-1 Reds.
B8: Garrett Jones 2-run HR, 7-3 Reds

Final: Reds 7 Marlins 3 Boxscore
*Back over .500 at 56-55.
*Reds took 3 of 4 on road vs team that had won 6 of 7 and 9 of 11.
*7 runs most since July 7, 15 hits most since June 18.
*Nothing helps a struggling offenses like facing a starting pitcher with an ERA of 5.69.
*Reds had six 2-out RBI hits: Cozart, Ludwick, Hamilton, Frazier, Mesoraco 2.
*Reds 7 of 18 w/RISP.
*8 different players collected a hit.
*4 hit day Frazier, ties career high, 3 hits Mesoraco.
*2 hits: Bruce, Hamilton.
*Hamilton scored 3 runs in a game for first time in his ML career (119 games).
*Bruce's 1st 2 hit game since July 12...span 13 games.
*Giancarlo Stanton K'd 4 times, but the guy is a stud. How about the ground covered to rob Kristopher Negron?
*Billy Hamilton 43rd SB. Kristopher Negron 1st ML SB.
*Hamilton's 43 SB would have lead Reds in each past 16 seasons (56, Deion Sanders in 1997).
*Jay Bruce RBI 1B through hole at SS.
*Bruce career high 10th SB. Bruce's professional high in SB is 19 for  Dayton in 2006.
*Ryan Ludwick 5 RBI series...had 6 RBI previous 16 starts. 
*Todd Frazier picked off 1B to end 1st, after single.
*Bruce thrown out at 3rd after single (anyone read lips? What did he say to Steve Smith?). 
*Mike Leake as hitter 2010-12: 45 for 165 (.274).
*Mike Leake as hitter since Opening Day '13:  19 for 112 (.170).

Starting pitching:
Mike Leake: 6 IN, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K.
*Leake didn't allow hit until 4th inning...then got in bases loaded/0 out jam....FC, K of Stanton and ground out of McGehee.

JJ Hoover, 1-2-3 7th, 2 R, H, BB in 8th.
*Hoover has allowed at least a run in 4 consecutive appearances and 7 of last 8 appearances...12.2 IN, 14 H, 11 ER.
*Jonathan Broxton, 9th, allowed a triple and then 3 K. ERA 1.13.

NL Central
Brewers ---
Cards 1
Pirates 1.5
Reds 4.5

NL Central run differential
Brewers +29
Reds +17
Pirates +9
Cards +2

Reds offense last 16 games:
40 runs.....2.5 runs per game. Record: 5-11.
3, 1, 2, 2, 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 4, 3, 5, 1, 7.

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 03: Mike Leake #44 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the second inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 03, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

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