Harang Pitches Reds Past Marlins

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 11:46 PM CDT
Cincinnati Reds' Jeff Keppinger hits a two-run home run off Florida Marlins pitcher Taylor Tankersley in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 12, 2008, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 8-7.   (AP Photo/David Kohl)
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(Newser) – Jeff Keppinger and Brandon Phillips hit two-run homers in the seventh inning Monday night, breaking open a tied game and sending right-hander Aaron Harang to a long-awaited victory, 8-7 over the surging Florida Marlins. The Marlins arrived with a seven-game winning streak and the best record in the major leagues.

Things looked good early, when they piled up three solo homers off Harang (2-5), including another one by Dan Uggla. Finally, Cincinnati's wildly inconsistent offense came through for its No. 1 starter. Harang hadn't won since April 10, going 0-4 despite one solid performance after another. The Reds scored two runs or less in half of his first eight starts, the main reason for that ugly record.