AP – Sandy Alcantara threw his major league-leading third complete game and the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Wednesday night.
The All-Star right-hander allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out three on 105 pitches for his third career shutout.
Alcantara (10-4) is the first Marlins pitcher to reach double-digit victories in a season since Caleb Smith won 10 in 2019.
Alcantara snapped a tie with Houston’s Framber Valdez for the league lead in complete games.
Luke Williams had three hits and stole three bases while Jesús Aguilar homered for the Marlins, who snapped a nine-game home losing skid.
The Reds loaded the bases with two out in the first, but Alcantara retired Donovan Solano on a force at home and Aristides Aquino on a fly to left field.
After Cincinnati forced him to throw 22 pitches in the inning, Alcantara needed 83 for the remainder of his outing.
Aguilar put Miami ahead 1-0 with his solo shot in the fourth.
He drove a slider from Reds starter Mike Minor into the seats in left for his 13th homer and the Marlins’ first lead in the series.
Garrett Cooper’s two-run double in the fifth made it 3-0.
Williams hit a one-out single, stole second, and was in the front end of a double steal after Billy Hamilton walked.
Minor (1-8) was lifted after 5 1/3 innings.
The left-hander allowed three runs, five hits, walked three, and struck out six.
The Marlins activated Cooper from the injured list while the Reds recalled SS José Barrero from Triple-A Louisville.
Reds: The return of C Aramis García will be delayed after an MRI revealed a fracture of his bruised left middle finger.
Marlins: OF Avisaíl García (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. García exited in the third inning Tuesday.
Neither club has announced the starter for the opener of its next series.
The Reds will continue their 10-game road trip Friday at Milwaukee, while the Marlins begin a three-game set Friday at the Chicago Cubs.