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Marlins 7, Reds 6

August 27, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ Mike Lowell homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Florida Marlins overcame five RBIs by Dante Bichette to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 Sunday.

The Reds, who had won three straight, blew a 6-3 lead in the eighth inning a stranded a season-high 14 runners.

Lowell hit his 18th homer on a 3-1 pitch from Denny Graves (10-5) as Florida snapped a three-game losing streak.

Dan Miceli (6-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

Florida tied the game with three runs in the eighth inning. Lowell and Derrek Lee singled, and pinch-hitter Mark Smith followed with an RBI double. The Marlins made it 6-5 when third baseman Chris Stynes bobbled Kevin Millar’s grounder for an error. Luis Castillo’s grounder deflected off Stynes’ glove for a game-tying single.

It was just Castillo’s 10th RBI of the year. He is trying to avoid the major league record for fewest RBIs in a season with a player with at least 450 at-bats. San Diego’s Enzo Hernandez set the record with 12 in 1971.

Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin left the game after dislocating the middle finger on his left hand batting in the fifth inning. X-rays were negative and his status is day to day.

Bichette hit a three-run homer, sandwiched between a disputed ruling and a bench-clearing confrontation, which put Cincinnati ahead 5-3 in the seventh inning. Bichette also had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.

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