Marlins Break Red Curse

Win in Cincinnati for the first time since 2006

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    John Baker hit the winning RBI in the ninth inning Friday to help the Marlins beat the Reds for the first time since 2006.

    The Florida Marlins finally won in Cincinnati, something they haven’t been able to do since 2006.

    And it took them nine innings to even score in this game, coming alive in the ninth inning after trailing 2-0 to win the game 4-3, snapping their nine-game losing streak against the Reds.

    The Reds were 57-0 when leading after eight innings, the only NL team left with a perfect mark. Manager Dusty Baker decided to try to protect a 2-0 lead by having Francisco Cordero (2-6) pitch for the fifth day in a row.

    Turned out to be one too many.

    The Marlins sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, which started with left fielder Wladimir Balentien's error — he misplayed Chris Coghlan's liner. Uggla's run-scoring grounder tied it, and John Baker's hit put the Marlins ahead. Florida had four hits off Cordero, who retired only two batters.

    "His velocity was there," Uggla said. "It just so happened he had a tough break with Coghlan getting on base first. After that, we found some holes. It's not that he was bad or anything — he threw pretty good."