Jonathan India’s first career grand slam helps Reds beat Marlins 11-2

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CINCINNATI — Jonathan India hit his first career grand slam and Brandon Drury connected for a three-run shot, helping the Cincinnati Reds pound the banged-up Miami Marlins 11-2.

India and Donovan Solano each had three hits as last-place Cincinnati improved to 9-4 in its last 13 games. Since starting the season 3-22, the Reds have gone 34-36.

India returned to the lineup as the designated hitter after he was scratched ahead of Sunday’s 6-3 victory over St. Louis because of a bruised left thigh. He got hurt on a headfirst slide on Saturday.

Miami had 15 players on its injured list, hurting its chances for staying in the NL wild-card race. The Marlins dropped to 3-12 against the Reds over the past two seasons.

Cincinnati rookie Nick Lodolo (3-3) struck out a career-high nine over six innings. The left-hander allowed two unearned runs and five hits.

The Marlins loaded the bases with none out in the third and failed to score. Jesus Aguilar struck out swinging before Avisail Garcia lined to first baseman Joey Votto, who caught Miguel Rojas off second to complete an inning-ending double play.

The Reds then went ahead to stay with three runs in the bottom half. Kyle Farmer singled in Drury and Solano doubled home two more.

Drury, who could be on the move ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline, hit his 19th homer in the fourth – a two-out drive to left against Trevor Rogers that made it 6-2.

Rogers (4-10) was charged with six runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

India went deep in the fifth. It was India’s sixth homer this season.

Marlins second baseman Willians Astudillo took over on the mound in the eighth and pitched a scoreless inning with a walk.

TRAINERS ROOM

Marlins: RHP Max Meyer, placed on the 15-day injured list on Sunday with a right elbow sprain, is awaiting the results of an MRI he had Monday morning. … LHP Jesus Luzardo (left forearm strain) is expected to throw five innings and 75 pitches at Triple-A Jacksonville on Wednesday. … RHP Zach Popp left in the fifth with an apparent injury after meeting with trainers on the mound.

UP NEXT

Hard-throwing rookie Hunter Greene (3-11, 5.78 ERA) makes his 19th start for Cincinnati. Greene leads the majors with 23 home runs allowed. Pablo Lopez (6-5, 3.14 ERA) pitches Tuesday night for Miami. Lopez is 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA in two career starts against Cincinnati, both in 2019.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.