The Miami Marlins allowed two late runs in their 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Holding onto late leads has been a problem for Miami as of late. Along with an inability for the offense to add on runs early, the bullpen has faltered. Miami held a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh, before Cincinnati plated two runs to go ahead. The Reds would maintain that lead on the way to a second straight win.
This was a costly loss for the Marlins as the other Wild Card contenders were victorious. Miami is now a game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates and two games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card standings.
Marcell Ozuna continued his fine series with his 21st home run of the year. The homer was the second in the series for Ozuna, who also now has 62 runs batted in this season.
The Marlins had five other hits besides Ozuna's HR. All of those hits went for singles and Miami only had four runners in scoring position all game long. In those situations, the Marlins were 0-4. In total, Miami left eight men on base.
Andrew Cashner started the game for the Marlins and found himself in trouble multiple times. Cashner was able to work out of those innings however, and only ended up allowing one run. The Reds compiled five hits and four walks in Cashner's five innings on the mound.
The Marlins will turn to Jose Fernandez in the series finale on Thursday.