MIAMI -- The review was interminable. The outcome was unconscionable.
When crew chief Mike Winters shed the headset and signaled safe, that set off manager Mike Redmond into a justifiable cap-throwing, profanity-spewing boil. Instead of an inning-ending 9-2 double play and the Marlins taking a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth, the out call at the play was overturned.
Not only did the Reds tie the game, they added two more on a Ryan Ludwick single and hung on to top the Marlins 3-1 in front of a livid Marlins Park crowd Thursday.
Though Giancarlo Stanton's one-bounce throw from right field arrived well before the tagging Zack Cosart, the replay officials determined catcher Jeff Mathis did not provide a lane to the plate. Cosart was within his right to bowl over Mathis, but instead sidestepped the contact and turned his palms upward as if asking "Where am I supposed to go?"
The umpires reviewing plays back in New York bought it. After 6-minute, 10-second delay, they sent word to Winters, who ejected Redmond moments after he emerged. His jersey untucked, Redmond returned to the dugout looking like he'd just wrestled a gator.
Making the loss sting all the more was that Tom Koehler outpitched Reds' ace Johnny Cueto through seven innings. Cueto served up a solo homer to Stanton in the first and hung zeroes through the remainder of his outing. Koehler needed just 77 pitches to complete seven scoreless.
Koehler retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced, the exception being Cueto, who reached on an infield hit with two out in the third. The only Reds' hitter that got into scoring position off Koehler before the eighth was Brayan Pena. Koehler stranded him at second after his leadoff single in the fifth.
In the eighth, Cozart reached on what was ruled a Jordany Valdespin error. The second baseman sprinted back for a pop in short center and couldn't make the running catch. Two batters later with men on first and second, reliever Mike Dunn flubbed a Billy Hamilton sacrifice bunt, loading the bases with no out.
Bryan Morris struck out Kris Negron for the first out and appeared to disarm the threat on the Frazier fly ball to Stanton.
Stanton's 25th homer, his second in as many days put literally put a dent in Cueto's stats. The 93-mph inside fastball he lined over the left-field wall struck the ribbon board above the visitors' bullpen displaying Cueto's 2014 numbers.
Of the 10 National League leaders in earned run average through Wednesday, Stanton has homered off four of them. In addition to Cueto, he's also taken Cole Hamels, Julio Teheran and Tanner Roark deep.
His last six dating back to a June 19 blast off Cubs' right-hander Jake Arrieta have been solo shots, and five of those have come at home.
Stanton's homer was the first of four hits the Marlins totaled off Cueto. They finished with five for the game and went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
The two teams began the series with identical 53-54 records. For the Marlins, they've lost back-to-back games for the first time since July 18-19.
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