Castillo stays on a roll, Ks eight as Reds beat Marlins 5-3

by | Jul 27, 2022 | Sports

CINCINNATI — Luis Castillo pitched seven effective innings in likely his final start with Cincinnati, leading the Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.Castillo is one of the top players on the market ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline. The Reds are last in the NL Central, and the talented right-hander could help push a contender over the top.“It’s been an absolute pleasure to be around Luis,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He is a Cincinnati Red. That’s how I see it. I absolutely love him and so does every one else in the clubhouse. But we know it’s a business and none of us will stay together forever.”Castillo (4-4) allowed three runs — including JJ Bleday’s first big league homer — and six hits. He also struck out eight and walked one in his first start since July 14.“He’s the talk of this trade deadline and you see why,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. Castillo gave Cincinnati fans one last moment after Jesús Sánchez’s RBI double for Miami left runners on second and third with none out in the seventh.He responded with three straight strikeouts — all swinging. He walked off the mound to a standing ovation, took off his cap, and gestured to the crowd. “Everything turned out as well as it could have,” Castillo said through a translator. “That last inning was marvelous, two runners on and I was able to punch out the last t …

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