Reds 9, Marlins 1

By Times Staff
Published April 18, 2006

CINCINNATI - Adam Dunn got the Reds offense rolling with his eighth homer, and left-hander Brandon Claussen pitched seven shutout innings.

Dunn extended his weeklong power surge with a two-run homer in the first. His past six hits have been homers. Austin Kearns also homered, and Brandon Phillips drove in four with a double and two singles.

The Marlins have only three wins, the fewest in the league.

QUOTABLE: "I love this team," said Phillips, obtained in a trade with Cleveland. "Everybody's laid back and cool. There's a lot of jokesters on this team. I think I fit in real well."

NOTABLE: The Reds have 26 homers in their first 13 games, coming off a season in which they led the league in homers. Twenty-three HRs have been hit overall in seven games at Great American Ball Park, which yielded the most in the majors last season. ... Marlins CF Reggie Abercrombie went 0-for-4, extending his slump to 0-for-20.