CINCINNATI - Brandon Phillips didn't want to let his bobblehead day go by without doing something good.
He did just that with a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 13th inning, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
Facing Steve Cischek (1-2), Miami's seventh pitcher of the game, Shin-Soo Choo led off the 13th with an opposite-field liner down the left field line that bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double, his sixth time on base in seven plate appearances - he walked three times. Zack Cozart sustained an apparent right-hand injury while trying to bunt, getting hit on his index and middle fingers with the pitch. X-rays were negative, he said after the game.
Cesar Izturis pinch-hit for Cozart and moved Choo to third with a fly ball to center field. Joey Votto was intentionally walked, and Phillips lofted the fly to center field.
"It's a beautiful thing when you get the game-winning sacrifice fly on your bobblehead day," said the Reds second baseman, who leads the team with 20 RBIs. "It took long enough. I'm tired as hell. I didn't want it to take that long. I was happy with the win. Choo gets us started. I try to finish it."
Votto had four hits, including his first home run in Cincinnati in almost 10 months, as the Reds picked up their major-league leading ninth home win and fifth victory in their last six games since a five-game losing streak.
They had to overcome going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and leaving 17 runners on base, the most since they left 17 runners on against Philadelphia in a 19-inning game on May 25, 2011. Manager Dusty Baker was happy to see his team finally cash in on an opportunity.
"The key is opportunities," he said. "We wanted to win long before that. That was a big get-'em-over Izturis had - huge. Brandon did what he's supposed to do."
Alfredo Simon (1-1) retired the Marlins in order to get the win.