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Sunday, August 3
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (55-55) at Miami Marlins (54-56), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Mike Leake (8-9, 3.53)
Miami - Jacob Turner (4-6, 5.69)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds haven't been winning a lot lately,
but it hasn't been the fault of the starting pitchers.
Right-hander Mike Leake can prolong the recent game-opening success on Sunday
afternoon when he and the Reds head to Marlins Park for the finale of a four-
game series with the Miami Marlins.
Each of the first three games have seen a Cincinnati starter go seven innings
and allow one run. Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos were winners after doing so in
games one and two, while Homer Bailey got a no-decision in the Reds' extra-
inning loss in on Saturday.
"These last three nights we've faced some pretty good pitchers so we're
battling, we're grinding, I think you see guys trying to put some good at-bats
together and we've hit some balls hard and not gotten some breaks," Marlins
manager Mike Redmond said.
Leake, for his part, is 2-0 with a 2.13 earned run average in two starts
He was a 3-0 winner over Arizona in his most recent start, striking out eight
batters in 7 2/3 scoreless innings and driving in a run with a single.
"He was on the attack," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "There's a certain
element to him -- a competitiveness, a fierceness to the kid -- that makes him
better than his stuff, and he's got good stuff."
Cincinnati's starting offense had five singles in 10 innings on Saturday. As a
result, the Marlins were able to win 2-1 after Christian Yelich's RBI single
in the 10th.
"Had some chances in the past and wasn't able to do it, so when you're able to
come through like that it was a big win for us," Yelich said.
Miami starts right-hander Jacob Turner, who's won two straight starts since
July 22 while posting a 2.53 ERA. A warning, however, that right-handed
hitters have a .350 batting average against him in 2014.
In one career start against the Reds, in September 2012, he was a 4-0 winner
with seven scoreless innings of two-hit work. In his last six turns at Marlins
Park, though, he's 0-3 with a 6.91 ERA.
Cincinnati won six of its seven meetings with the Marlins last season.
08/03 10:35:04 ET