Alcantara fans 12, Sánchez homers as Marlins beat Reds 6-1

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MIAMI (AP) — Sandy Alcantara, buoyed by uncharacteristic run support, had a career-high 12 strikeouts in seven innings Saturday night to help the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds for the first time in six meetings this year, 6-1.

Alcantara (8-12) allowed one run and achieved a career high in strikeouts for the second start in a row, with both coming against the Reds. He increased his season strikeout total to 158, surpassing his previous career high.

Jesús Sánchez hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning against Vladimir Gutiérrez (9-5). The Marlins had totaled one run in Alcantara's past two starts and have struggled to score for him all season.

Jorge Alfaro also drove in three runs to help Miami improve to 2-11 against Cincinnati over the past three seasons. Jazz Chisholm Jr. had the first three-hit game of his career and scored twice.

Alcantara gave up six hits but retired the last 11 batters he faced, seven by strikeout.

Tyler Naquin doubled home the Reds’ run in the third. He has the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 17 games.

Cincinnati third baseman Mike Moustakas left the game in the second inning due to a tight right hip. The Reds began Saturday two games ahead of San Diego in the race for the second NL wild card.

The first eight Marlins reached base against Gutiérrez, who needed 35 pitches to retire a batter. Alfaro drove in the first two runs with a single, and Sánchez made it 5-0 with his fifth homer.

It was the Marlins’ highest-scoring first inning since 2017.

Gutiérrez allowed five runs in three innings, the rookie's shortest outing this year.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Art Warren (left oblique strain) will report to Louisville next week to start a rehab assignment. ... RHP Brad Brach (right shoulder impingement) threw another side Saturday and appears close to being activated.

Marlins: The rehab progression for RHP Pablo López (shoulder) at Triple-A Jacksonville has been slowed down as a precaution. He hasn’t pitched for the Marlins since July 11, but they still hope to get him back before the end of the season, manager Don Mattingly said.

ASSESSING DAMAGE

Chisholm broke the chain on his necklace running the bases. The Reds’ Tucker Barnhart angrily busted his bat over his thigh after he struck out.

ROSTER MOVES

The Reds optioned to Triple-A Louisville and assigned to the taxi squad INF Jose Barrero to make room on the roster for INF Asdrúbal Cabrera, who was claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

UP NEXT

RHP Tyler Mahle (10-4, 3.69) is scheduled to start in the rubber game of the series Sunday for the Reds against LHP Jesús Luzardo (4-7, 7.91).

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Steven Wine, The Associated Press

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