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Reds beat Marlins, 7-3
Monday, August 04, 2014 11:00 AM
MIAMI (AP) - Todd Frazier had a season-high four hits Sunday, including three on one good foot.
Frazier hobbled after being spiked on his left foot on a play at first base in the third inning, but he stayed in the game to help the Cincinnati Reds break out of an offensive slump and beat the Miami Marlins 7-3.
Afterward, Frazier was smiling even though he said his foot was throbbing. The Reds improved to 5-11 since the All-Star break and scored more than five runs for the first time during that stretch.
"Everybody did a good job manufacturing runs," Frazier said. "We were hitting singles. We do have the power, but it goes to show you that we know how to get runs in doing little stuff."
Cincinnati totaled 15 hits, all but one a single. Billy Hamilton scored three times and Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run single as the Reds built a 7-1 advantage - the sort of cushion unfamiliar to them lately.
"It was great to get the separation and build the lead," manager Bryan Price said. "It's nice to have some wiggle room. It's a lot more fun."
Mike Leake (9-9) struggled with his control but allowed only one run in six innings to help the Reds take three of four games in Miami. They are 4 1/2 games behind NL Central leader Milwaukee.
"We're still in this," Leake said. "We've still got a chance. It's up to us ... to bear down."
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