Reds-Marlins to play 2 ahead of storm

MIAMI -- An approaching hurricane is forcing a little rescheduling for the remainder of the series between the Florida Marlins and Cincinnati Reds.

No amount of rain, however, can wash away all of the Marlins' recent troubles.

In anticipation of Hurricane Irene, Florida and Cincinnati have scheduled a doubleheader for Wednesday in an attempt to complete their series before stormy weather arrives.

The series originally was scheduled to conclude Thursday, but with Irene predicted to near the eastern coast of Florida that day, the game was pushed up.

"We had a talk about it, and from all indications the weather is going to be severe on Thursday," manager Jack McKeon told the Marlins' official website.

The condensed series means Florida (57-71) gets to spend even less time at home, but depending how Wednesday goes, the team could be ready to get out of town.

The Marlins gave up four runs in the ninth inning in Tuesday's 8-6 loss, falling to 3-14 at home since the All-Star break. It was the sixth straight defeat overall for Florida, which has dropped 16 of 18.

"Personal goals aren't going to mean anything right now when the team is scuffling like this," said Tuesday's starter Ricky Nolasco, who became the club's career strikeout leader with 765.

Cincinnati can get back to .500 for the first time since July 6 with a sweep against Javier Vazquez (7-11, 4.67 ERA) and Chris Volstad (5-10, 5.66).

Reds manager Dusty Baker will give the ball to Homer Bailey (7-5, 4.48) in the first game and Bronson Arroyo (7-10, 5.28) in the nightcap.