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Reds 4, Marlins 0

July 29, 1997

MIAMI (AP) _ Joe Oliver’s three-run homer broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning and John Smiley combined with two relievers on a shutout to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Florida Marlins 4-0 Monday night.

The Marlins lost their third in a row and fell into third place in the NL East. They are 8-9 since the All-Star break.

Reggie Sanders led off the ninth with Cincinnati’s third hit, a double against Jay Powell (1-2), and took third on a groundout. Willie Greene was intentionally walked and Oliver followed with his ninth home run.

Mike Kelly followed Oliver’s home run with a solo shot, his fifth.

Smiley and Al Leiter dueled for 7 1/2 innings and departed for pinch hitters with the game scoreless. Stan Belinda (1-2) pitched one scoreless inning and Jeff Shaw followed with a scoreless ninth.

Smiley, who may have been pitching his last game for Cincinnati, allowed seven hits and no walks in seven innings. The trading deadline is Thursday, and the left-hander has been the subject of recent talks with the Seattle Mariners.

Leiter allowed only two hits in eight innings and had 11 strikeouts, matching a career high achieved three other times. The strikeout total was a season high for Florida.

Leiter also allowed four walks, hit a batter and threw 132 pitches.

Florida’s best threat came with the game still scoreless in the eighth. Edgar Renteria walked with two out, stole second and took third on a throwing error, but Belinda struck out Kurt Abbott to end the inning.

Marlins center fielder Devon White, playing for the first time since being sidelined with a pulled calf muscle June 7, went 0-for-4.

Notes: Cincinnati pitcher Dave Burba, who left Sunday’s game in the second inning because of recurring back trouble, received treatment Monday and is scheduled to make his next start Saturday. ... The Marlins head into the final 60 games of the season with four rookie pitchers _ Livan Hernandez, Tony Saunders, Felix Heredia and Rob Stanifer. ... Reds radio play-by-play announcer Marty Brennaman turned 55 Monday, and color commentator Joe Nuxhall turns 69 Wednesday. ... The game ended Smiley’s streak of victories in four consecutive starts. ... Leiter struck out 10 of the final 16 batters he faced.

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