4/20/2013 7:05 P.M. ET
Ruggiano appreciates road home run
By Tony Meale / Special to MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- It's a good thing for the Marlins that their series with the Reds is in Cincinnati this weekend. Otherwise, Justin Ruggiano's game-winning home run off Reds closer Aroldis Chapman on Friday night might not have cleared the fence.
"Oh, it was one of those [home runs] where [because] I did it here, I knew I had a chance," Ruggiano said. "I wasn't sure if it was going to go, but if it had been at our ballpark, I would have been taking a right turn."
Said Marlins manager Mike Redmond, "We're probably still playing."
Instead, Ruggiano's homer, estimated at 418 feet, cleared the fence in left-center.
"That's one of the advantages of playing on the road in a small park," Redmond said. "We finally got that big hit we've been talking about, that we needed. Hopefully it'll be a spark for our offense."
With the home run, Ruggiano -- 0-for-3 with two strikeouts until that point -- extended his hitting streak to a team-high five games. He is batting .421 (8-for-19) during the streak.
"He's a guy who can hit in the middle of our order," Redmond said. "We don't have a lot of power in our lineup, but he's one of the guys that we've got who can hit the ball out of the ballpark. He's done a nice job. He's given us good at-bats."
Ruggiano is hitting .259 (14-for-54) this season. He has more home runs (three) than the rest of Miami's offense combined (two).
Green garners another start after hot-hitting debut
CINCINNATI -- After a 3-for-4 performance against the Reds on Friday night, Nick Green was back in Miami's starting lineup on Saturday afternoon.
"He might even hit fourth," Marlins manager Mike Redmond joked before the game.
Actually, Greg Dobbs batted cleanup, while Green was slotted sixth between Justin Ruggiano and Miguel Olivo.
Green singled to left field, right field and center field on Friday night, and had half of the six hits allowed by Reds starter Mat Latos. Even more impressive, Green did so in rainy, low-40s temperatures against a pitcher who finished with 10 strikeouts in seven innings.
"It was a cold night; you could see early on there probably wasn't going to be a whole lot of offense," Redmond said. "He put together some good at-bats and put the ball in play and got a couple hits."
Green's big night couldn't have come at a better time. He was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans after shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a right elbow bruise.
Redmond has been searching for offense on a team that has scored one run or fewer in eight of its 17 games, and on Friday, Green delivered.
"We're looking for guys that produce," Redmond said, "and obviously he had a good day, so we'll run him back out there and see if he can do it again."
• With a 12th-inning single to left field, Ruggiano extended his hitting streak to six games on Saturday. He finished 1-for-4, including striking out in the second inning against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. It was Arroyo's 1,000th strikeout with Cincinnati.
• Steve Cishek allowed a run for the first time in his career against Cincinnati (eight games, six innings pitched).
• Through 18 games, only one Marlins starting pitcher -- Alex Sanabia -- has notched a win this season. Sanabia, in fact, has two. He's 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA.
Tony Meale is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.