One of the hottest teams in the Majors got a little bit hotter on Tuesday night, when Homer Bailey threw a complete game, striking out 10 while allowing just two runs to defeat the struggling Marlins.
While the Reds have won eight of their last 10, the Marlins have lost six of seven. Cincinnati will hope to keep the good times rolling when the club sends Mike Leake to the mound on Wednesday.
Leake hasn't yet found consistency this season, but he's kept the Reds in every game but one, while pitching at least six innings in five of his seven starts.
"It's definitely a goal to pitch deep into a game," said Leake, who has a 4.32 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP this season. "Sometimes you're not fortunate, but I try to keep focused and give them at least six innings every time out."
Leake will be facing a Marlins lineup that's been trying to find the right ingredients as it continues to remain last in Major League run production, with just 110 through 39 games (2.8 runs per game).
The Marlins went with a pair of rookies, Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna, as their third and fourth hitters in Tuesday's loss.
"We've used many combinations this year, and I'm sure you talk about it all the time and think I'm out of my mind -- and I might be -- we're looking for guys to produce," manager Mike Redmond said. "It seems like all these different combinations we use seem to produce the same thing.
"We'll go with a couple of young guys in the middle of that order I know will go up there and swing the bat and see what happens."
Alex Sanabia will get the start for Miami. He exited his last start in his hometown of San Diego with tightness in his right groin after 4 1/3 innings.
"It was more a precaution," he said. "There was a little bit of tightness. Everything feels fine."
The 24-year-old right-hander has 22 strikeouts to 20 walks in 39 innings with a 4.85 ERA this season.
Reds: Resting the regulars
With nine games in nine days, manager Dusty Baker is planning on getting his everyday players some much-needed time off. Jay Bruce got his first game off of the season Tuesday.
Joey Votto has yet to miss a game this season, while Todd Frazier and Shin-Soo Choo have played in 38 of the team's 39 games.
"I am going to try to get one to some of the guys that haven't had a day yet on this road trip," Baker said. "I am going to try to store up some energy on some guys who haven't had much time off."
Marlins: Mathis returns as third catcher
Jeff Mathis was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday as the Marlins plan on going forward with three catchers on their roster: Mathis, Miguel Olivo and Rob Brantly. The 30-year-old missed the first portion of the season with a broken collarbone and said he's still trying to build strength back.
Mathis is hoping to add some value to the lineup, as Miami catchers are hitting .216 this season, 24th in the Majors.
• Giancarlo Stanton has began running in the pool as he works his way back from a strained right hamstring, but the Marlins have yet to set a timetable on his return.
• Reds outfielder Chris Heisey re-strained his right hamstring while rehabbing with Class A Pensacola and is no longer expected to rejoin the team in time for the next series against the Phillies.
• Joey Votto had his fifth game with at least three hits this season, as he raised his average to .322.
• Miami right-hander Ryan Webb has the longest hitless streak by a reliever in the Majors this season, at 10 1/3 innings.