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Penny returns, Marlins beat Reds 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm •  Published: August 9, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Nearly 10 years had passed since Brad Penny pitched for the Marlins. His former catcher is now Miami's manager.

When they got together again Saturday, it sure felt like old times.

Penny rejoined the Marlins for the first time in 10 years and pitched five solid innings to get a notable win Saturday night, 4-3 over the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

"It's been a long time," Penny said. "I'm lucky to get another opportunity to pitch at this level."

And now, more good times for the 36-year-old pitcher, who helped the Marlins win the World Series in 2003. Called up earlier Saturday, Penny (1-0) put the Marlins in position for their second straight win over Cincinnati, which is 8-14 since the All-Star break.

Penny gave up Jay Bruce's solo homer and an unearned run in five innings, fanning three while throwing 95 pitches. During breaks, he and manager Mike Redmond — who was his catcher back in the day — had some familiar-sounding chats about how he was doing.

"During the course of the game, we had a couple of conversations like we had when I was back catching him," Redmond said. "We laughed.

"He was the same guy out there, for sure. Just a little bigger in that jersey."

Penny enjoyed Redmond's between-inning critiques.

"He used to yell at me a lot more when he was a catcher," Penny said. "He's nicer as the manager."

Bryan Morris gave up two hits and a run in the eighth. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 29th save in 32 chances.

Christian Yelich had two hits, scored a run, and drove in two with a groundout and a sacrifice fly off reliever Sam LeCure (1-4). Giancarlo Stanton also had a sacrifice fly, and Donovan Solano doubled home the final run.

Starter Alfredo Simon has epitomized the Reds' struggles after the All-Star break. Since his first All-Star selection, he is 0-4 with a no-decision, going five innings or less four times. On Saturday, he allowed two runs and matched his season high with five walks in five innings.

It was a big night for Penny, who was 48-42 with the Marlins from 2000-04. His last start for them was July 28, 2004.

He moved on to play for the Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants, Cardinals and Tigers. He hadn't played in the majors since 2012 when he signed a minor league deal with the Marlins in June.

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