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Marlins Rally for 3-2 Win over Reds in NL Wild-Card Matchup

The Miami Marlins secured a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in a crucial clash between NL wild-card contenders. In the seventh inning, Jorge Soler smashed a two-run home run off reliever Lucas Sims, narrowly eluding center fielder TJ Friedl's leap. This pivotal hit ended the Marlins' five-game losing streak and brought them within half a game of the Reds for the final wild-card spot. Meanwhile, the Reds suffered their seventh loss in eight games.

Pitcher Braxton Garrett started for the Marlins and gave up two runs and six hits over six innings, striking out three batters. In the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Joey Votto drew a walk, but Miami reliever David Robertson struck out Christian Encarnacion-Strand to secure the win and his second save for the team.

Miami took the lead in the second inning with back-to-back doubles from Jake Burger and Joey Wendle. Reds starter Luke Weaver allowed another hit and loaded the bases but managed to escape the jam by inducing a ground ball from Nick Fortes.

The Reds responded in the second inning when Friedl hit a double to bring in their first run. In the fifth inning, Stuart Fairchild capitalized on a blooper, turning it into a triple and scoring on an errant throw to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.

Notably, Fairchild's baserunning was impressive as he sprinted home from third after an offline throw by second baseman Luis Arraez, wearing a Viking-style helmet as a dugout home run celebration.

Furthermore, Reds rookie Elly De La Cruz has had a recent struggle with strikeouts, accumulating at least one in each of the last 15 games. In Tuesday's game, he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, bringing his season total to 81.

In terms of injuries, Marlins center fielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. returned to the lineup after an MRI revealed no major damage to his right hamstring. He had previously missed 21 games due to the injury. The Reds are anticipating the return of right-handed pitcher Hunter Greene on August 28 after a bout of hip soreness. Additionally, second baseman Jonathan India, who has been on the injured list since July 30, participated in batting practice and is expected to be back in the lineup on Friday.

The upcoming finale of the three-game series will feature Johnny Cueto as the starting pitcher for the Marlins, while Graham Ashcraft will take the mound for the Reds.