Wade Miley, Tyler Naquin lead the way

MIAMI – Wade Miley’s teammates pointed at him from the dugout and Miley cracked a smile when he stood atop second base.

Sure, everyone knows how well he can pitch. This was a chance to show his athletic side.

After the Miami Marlins opted to intentionally walk Max Schrock to put two runners on base with two outs in the fourth inning Friday, Miley slapped a first-pitch cutter down the third-base line for an RBI double.

"He calls a homer every time he goes up to the plate, but we’ll take the double," Reds manager David Bell said, laughing. "We’re waiting for the homer to come."

Miley outscored the Marlins by himself during the Cincinnati Reds’ 6-0 victory at loanDepot park. The Reds have won all five of their games against Miami this season and 10 of their last 11, dating back to the 2019 season.

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Aug 27, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA;  Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley (22) scores a run in the fourth inning on a throwing error as Miami Marlins catcher Alex Jackson (23) looks on at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds, improving to 12 games above .500 to match a season-high, sit two games ahead of the San Diego Padres in the wild-card race. 

With the way Miley was pitching – tossing seven shutout innings – the Reds gave him more than enough run support during a four-run fourth inning. After Joey Votto hit a leadoff double, Mike Moustakas laced an RBI double over the right fielder’s head on a ball with a 111-mph exit velocity. Moustakas added a 427-foot solo homer in the eighth inning, a no-doubter to right field.

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