Devin Mesoraco launched two home runs, including his third grand slam of the season, and Johnny Cueto picked up his 14th win in the Reds 7-2 victory over the Marlins on Sunday to avoid a sweep.
Mesoraco slammed his first homer in the first inning with the Reds trailing 1-0 after a Giancarlo Stanton solo shot off Cueto. Mesoraco followed up that two-run blast with a grand slam in a five-run fifth inning off the Marlins' Brad Hand. Mesoraco accounted for six of the Reds seven runs in their 7-2 win.
"We took advantage of [Brad Hand], who lost his feel a little bit," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "Then here comes Devin with the big blow. It was a big day for a lot of our guys."
"I'm not going to jump around and skip or fist bump or anything like that, but I'm definitely excited whenever I hit [grand slams]," said Mesoraco. "That's a pretty big situation because it gave us a lot of room there with Johnny [Cueto] on the mound."
Cueto (14-6) struck out nine in eight innings of work, giving up five hits on two earned runs. Cueto has had a winning decision in eight of his last ten starts and is tied for most wins in the majors with 14.
"The innings that he's throwing, especially in the National League, is unbelievable," said Mesoraco. "He's as close to automatic as it gets."
Cueto was hit with a line drive to his right arm early in the game, but battled through in a big time effort lowering his ERA to 2.05.
"It felt like when you put hot cream on [your arm] and it itches," said Cueto. "After that, there was no problem and I knew I had to keep going."
The Reds (60-58) have Monday off before they welcome the Red Sox to Cincinnati for a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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