For the second night in a row, Ryan Ludwick got the big hit just when the Reds needed it. But this time we're talking about it.

Ludwick hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to give the Reds a lead and a 5-2 victory over the Marlins, securing the Reds' first non-losing series since the All-Star break.

"I feel like the baseball gods were on my side because the at-bat before where I lined out to third base," Ludwick said.

Ludwick also had the go-ahead single in Thursday's 3-1 victory, but that was overshadowed by what preceded it -- the controversial call that Marlins catcher Jeff Baker violated Rule 7.13 regarding blocking the plate.

There was no controversy on Thursday, even if a replay call once again went the Reds' way.

After a Marlins lead was negated in the fifth inning by an overturned call, the Reds regained their lead in the sixth following a walk to Jay Bruce and a single that bounced off of Marlins starter Jarred Cosart by Todd Frazier and a walk to Devin Mesoraco.