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Postby kaisy on Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:59 am

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Justin Ruggiano wasnt thinking of anything dramatic. All he wanted to do was avoid looking bad against one of baseballs hardest throwers. Ruggiano waited for a high fastball from Aroldis Chapman and got it, connecting for a solo homer in the ninth inning that sent the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory on Friday night and snapped the Cincinnati Reds winning streak at four games. Stunning all around for the Marlins, who have the worst record in the majors at 4-13 and had managed a total of only four homers combined -- also worst in the majors -- when Ruggiano came to the plate in the ninth. "The one thing I didnt want to do is get beat on a high fastball," Ruggiano said. Cincinnatis spotless closer threw one 94 mph and Ruggiano was right on it, driving a 3-1 pitch to centre field for his third homer of the season. No other Marlin has more than one. He may have gotten a little help from the setting -- Great American Ball Park is one of the most homer-friendly in the majors. "Hitting it here, I knew it had a chance," said Ruggiano, who homered for the second straight game at Great American. "If its a different ballpark -- in our ballpark -- I dont think Id be taking a right-hand turn (after crossing home)." Chapman (2-1) hadnt allowed a run in his eight previous appearances, giving up only three hits while fanning 13. It was only the seventh homer Chapman has allowed during his four seasons in the majors. Ruggiano joined Albert Pujols, Luke Scott, Matt Dominguez, Jose Lopez, Asdrubal Cabrera and Josh Willingham with homers off Chapman. Five of the seven off the left-hander have come at Great American. "You get so used to him being perfect, but that happens a couple of times a year," manager Dusty Baker said. "It doesnt happen very often. That guy took a good pitch to get it to 3-1. He hit a high fastball, trying to catch up to it." Left-hander Mike Dunn (1-0) retired the last two batters in the eighth. Steve Cishek gave up a hit in the ninth while earning the Marlins first save of the season. "It all came together perfect tonight," manager Mike Redmond said. Nick Green had three singles and scored the Marlins first run on a raw, wet night. It was 46 degrees at the first pitch, and showers moved through during the game. Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton wore a ski mask under his cap. Reds starter Mat Latos remained winless in four starts this season, which include two blown saves behind him. He allowed one run on six hits and struck out 10, fanning pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs with runners on second and third to end the Marlins seventh inning and keep it tied. Marlins starter Kevin Slowey remained winless in the majors since 2010, a streak that includes 10 losses, several injuries and very little help from his offence. The Marlins were shut out in his first two starts this season, and managed only one run in his third -- after hed left the game. This time, the major leagues least-productive offence got two runners thrown out at the plate and managed one run while Slowey was in the game. He left after six innings, having allowed four hits. "This is certainly one of the best stretches Ive had, feeling-wise," Slowey said. "Nothing is bothering me." Slowey held down an offence that had scored 11 runs in each of its last two games. Shin-Soo Choo opened the Reds first with a triple and scored on Joey Vottos sacrifice fly. That was it for Cincinnati. By contrast, the Marlins got chances against Latos and wasted them. Miami got him a run in the third, but could have had more. Nick Green and Donovan Solano singled, and Slowey advanced them with a sacrifice bunt. Placido Polanco singled to right for one run, but Solano was thrown out at home by Jay Bruce. "We havent scored a ton of runs," Redmond said. "Were trying to be aggressive in situations when we can be aggressive." Juan Pierre opened the sixth with a double and advanced on a fly out. He was out at the plate when he tried to score on Stantons grounder to shortstop Zack Cozart with the infield drawn in. Pierre lowered his shoulder, but catcher Ryan Hanigan held on after making the tag. NOTES: The Marlins designed struggling reliever John Maine for assignment and called up RH Tom Koehler from Triple-A New Orleans, where he was a starter. Hell move into Maines role as a long reliever for now. ... University of Cincinnati football coach Tommy Tuberville threw a ceremonial pitch. ... Latos doubled with two outs in the fifth -- his first hit in seven at-bats this season -- but was stranded. Cam Newton Jersey . The Big Miss, a tell all book by Hank Haney, Tiger Woods former swing coach, is now on the shelves and it contains many facts that shed light on the inner sanctum of one of the worlds most secretive athletes. Haney join Cybulski and Company on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto to discuss the 14-time Major golf tournament winner and his book, including the main reasons behind why he penned it in the first place. Cam Newton Youth Jersey . -- The Oakland Raiders waived linebacker Rolando McClain on Friday, less than three years after drafting him eighth overall to be the centerpiece of their defence. . The Australian stormed to pole on the last lap of qualifying, finishing just 0.074 seconds ahead of Vettel. Hamilton was third followed by championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. Lotus Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth, meaning the top five in the drivers championship standings fill the top five grid slots, raising the prospects of a vital shootout in Sundays race. Cam Newton Black Jersey . Hammel had been placed on the DL back on July 14 thanks to a right knee injury which required surgery. Acquired in the offseason -- along with reliever Matt Lindstrom -- from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, Hammel went 8-6 with a 3. camnewtonjerseys . The 34-year-old team captain pulled a ligament in his left knee and had to be substituted in Barcelonas 4-1 win at Getafe on Saturday.Canadas Mark de Jonge captured Olympic bronze in the mens K-1 200m on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Great Britains Ed McKeever, known as "Usain Bolt on water," won gold; Spains Saul Rivero Craviotto earned silver. The race was extremely close throughout; a photo finish was needed to determine silver and bronze, but de Jonges time of 36.657 seconds was enough to land him on the podium. Craviotto and de Jonge were also stroke-for-stroke during their semi-final race on Day 14, with de Jonge coming out on top. London 2012 marks the debut of all 200-metre events; they replace the mens 500-metre events. De Jonge, 28, entered the competition as a wildcard, having not competed in a major national competition this season. He broke a finger during a spring training session and was sidelined for the 2012 World Cup season. "I didnt know what to expect," said de Jonge after the race. "I just had to squeeze oout everything I had.ddddddddddddquot; Just a few years ago, de Jonge did not think he would even have a chance to compete in the Olympic Games, let alone earn an Olympic medal. After narrowly missing out on a trip to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games as part of the mens K-4 500m crew, the sprint specialist put down his paddle and started a new chapter of his life as a civil engineer in his hometown of Halifax, N.S. But soon after officials announced the Olympic event change from 500- to 200-metre, de Jonge knew he would be back. He was granted a leave of absence from his career and took to the water once again. This is Canadas 18th medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the third earned by a Canadian in a canoe/kayak event. Adam van Koeverden won silver in the mens K-1 1000m, followed by a bronze medal by Mark Oldershaw in the mens C-1 1000m on Day 12. Canada is now tied with its Beijing 2008 medal count. ' ' '
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