Ruggiano's HR in 9th sends Marlins over Reds 2-1

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 20 at 4:07 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Justin Ruggiano hit a solo homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning Friday night, sending the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory that snapped the Cincinnati Reds' winning streak at four games.

It was a stunning moment for the Marlins, who have the worst record in the majors at 4-13 and had only four homers — fewest in the majors — when Ruggiano connected off the Reds' spotless closer for his second homer in two games.

Chapman (2-1) hadn't allowed a run in his eight previous appearances. Ruggiano connected on a 3-1 pitch, driving it deep to center for his third homer.

Left-hander Mike Dunn (1-0) retired the last two batters in the eighth. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for the Marlins' first save of the season.

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