MIAMI — Rookie Hunter Greene won for the first time in almost two months, allowing one hit in six scoreless innings to lead the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 over the tumbling Miami Marlins on Monday night.
Albert Almora Jr. had three hits, including two doubles, in his first game from the injured list. Joey Votto walked and scored twice for the Reds, who clinched their third straight win as they began a four-city, ten-game journey.
Cincinnati outfielder Tommy Pham was in the original lineup, then was removed and traded to Boston for a nominated player or cash.
“Tommy Pham, just a great guy on this team,” said Reds manager David Bell. “From day 1 he’s handled everything he’s brought here great. I think he will finish strong. From this point of view, I am very happy for him.”
Miami has lost eight straight home games and lost 11 of 15 overall.
Greene (4-12) hit an eight and missed none. He had gone 0-5 in eight starts since his win against Arizona on June 6.
“I felt like all my pitches were on. They all felt great,” Greene said. “When all of these things come together, I’m not going to say it’s easy, but it helps a lot.”
For Greene, facing the same opponent in back-to-back starts is another step in his learning curve. Greene allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings against Miami on July 26.
“Knowing how to approach a team when you’ve just seen them, or have to face off two or three more times, that’s just the reality of the game,” Greene said.
Reiver Sanmartin, Ian Gibaut and Hunter Strickland finished the five-hitter. Strickland allowed pinch-hitter Nick Fortes’ two-out run-scoring single, then Jacob Stallings retired with a flyout for his seventh save in 10 chances.
Three hitters equaled Greene, who topped 100 mph in six pitches and averaged 98.6 mph with his fastball. Charles Leblanc grabbed the 22-year-old right-hander with an out in the third and Green hit two hitters with pitchers, Jesús Sanchez in the fifth and Stallings in the sixth.
Jesús Luzardo (2-4) gave up two carries and three hits in five innings and knocked out five. It was the first major league appearance since May 10 for the 24-year-old left winger, who was out due to a strain in his left forearm.
“It was incredible to be back on the hill,” said Luzardo. “A few months ago I didn’t know where I would be in terms of health. The first week (after the injury) was extremely frustrating and then I stopped feeling sorry for myself.”
Almora played his first big league game since July 10 after a stint on the COVID-10 injury list, breaking a 0 for 17 slide with a two-barreled double in second that landed in the warning lane in right field.
Jonathan India’ added a two-hit RBI single in the seventh against Steven Okert.
IMMEDIATE REPLACEMENT FROM PHAM
Matt Reynolds learned 15 minutes before the game that he would replace Pham in the lineup. And entering left field, Reynolds was quickly tested as he caught Joey Wendle’s flyball to lead the first.
“That’s how baseball works,” Reynolds said. “I swear. As soon as you are thrown into play, the ball finds you.”
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Votto tied Eddie Murray in 38th with 1,333 walks.
Reds: Reinstate Hunter Strickland from bereavement list. OF Stuart Fairchild and RHP Ryan Hendrix were selected to Triple-A Louisville.
Marlins: Selected the contract of Triple-A Jacksonville’s RHP Aneurys Zabala and optioned RHP Nick Neidert for the same club. LHP Jake Fishman was selected for the assignment.
Reds: C Tyler Stephenson (broken right collarbone) has been placed on the 60-day injured list. … INF Max Schrock was due to join the club in his Taxi squad for the Miami series before fracturing his right kneecap in a game in Louisville on Saturday.
Marlins: RHP Max Meyer (ruptured right elbow ligament) will undergo Tommy John surgery on August 8th in Los Angeles. … RHP Cole Sulser (right lat trunk) pitched an inning in a rehab game Sunday at Class A Jupiter and is expected to switch to Triple-A Jacksonville on Thursday. … RHP Jordan Holloway (right elbow impingement) has been placed on the 60-day injured list.
Reds RHP Graham Ashcraft (4-2, 4.64) will field the second game of the series on Tuesday while the Marlins will take on LHP Braxton Garrett (2-4, 3.96).