MLB: Cincinnati 7, Florida 5

Sept. 22, 2008 at 6:16 PM
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CINCINNATI, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Jerry Hairston Jr. was 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored Monday when the Cincinnati Reds beat Florida 7-5 and hurt the Marlins' slim playoff hopes.

Florida is 5 1/2 games back of the New York Mets for the NL wild card with only six games left.

Joey Votto was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and two RBI and Andy Phillips added a pinch-hit two-run single for the Reds, who have won three of their last four games.

Aaron Harang (6-16) won his second straight start as he gave up four runs on eight hits in seven innings.

Jeremy Hermida and Josh Willingham each hit a solo home run for the Marlins, who have dropped three straight after a nine-game winning streak.

Florida starter Ricky Nolasco gave up three runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six-plus innings.

Andrew Miller (6-10) was charged with the loss.

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