MIAMI – The Cincinnati Reds benefited from Major League Baseball’s new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking the plate in a 3-1 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto (12-6) struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings and Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 25th home run for Miami, and Tom Koehler (7-8) took the loss allowing two unearned runs in seven innings.
With the Marlins leading 1-0 in the top of the eighth, the Reds loaded the bases with one out. Bryan Morris got Todd Frazier to fly out to right fielder Stanton, whose throw to the plate easily beat Zack Cozart for what appeared to be the final out of the inning when catcher Jeff Mathis tagged out Cozart, who trotted in without a slide.
However, after a 6-minute, 10-second instant replay review, the call was overturned because Mathis was ruled to be blocking the plate and Cozart was called safe tying the game 1-1.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond was immediately ejected after throwing his hat to the ground and arguing with the umpires.
Redmond kicked his hat on his way back to the dugout for good measure.
Ludwick took advantage of the good fortune and followed with a two-run single to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.
Jonathan Broxton struck out Stanton to end the eighth with two runners on base.
CUBS 3, ROCKIES 1: In Chicago, Jake Arrieta (6-2) allowed one run and three hits and struck out seven in seven innings for his first victory since June 30 at Boston. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has a 1.73 ERA in his last 11 starts, holding opponents to a .162 batting average.
The Cubs won three of four in a matchup of last-place teams. The Rockies have lost four of five and 11 of 15 overall.
CARDINALS 6, PADRES 2: In San Diego, Shelby Miller and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer for St. Louis, which avoided a three-game sweep.
Miller (8-8) held San Diego to two runs and three hits in six innings, struck out five and walked none. He earned his first win since June 7.
PHILLIES 10, NATIONALS 4: In Washington, Ben Revere tied a career-high with four hits and Philadelphia won despite starter Cliff Lee leaving in the third inning with an elbow injury.
ROYALS 6, TWINS 3: In Kansas City, Missouri, Alcides Escobar hit a two-run triple to highlight a four-run seventh, and Yordano Ventura pitched seven effective innings for Kansas City.
Ventura (8-8) limited the Twins to two runs on five hits, while striking out seven.
MARINERS 6, INDIANS 5: In Cleveland, Mike Zunino’s two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted Seattle to the win.
Bryan Shaw (4-3) walked Kyle Seager to start the inning before Zunino hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his 17th home run.
BLUE JAYS 6, ASTROS 5: In Houston, Nolan Reimold hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the ninth, and streaking Toronto rallied for its ninth win in the past 10 games.