It's rare that a Giancarlo Stanton home run isn't the highlight of an individual game performance for him. Friday, he hit his second in as many days, a towering, second-deck shot to left at Great American Ballpark that accounted for half of his team's run production.

Yet of equal importance to the Marlins' series-opening 2-1 win over the Reds was Stanton's glove. With two on, two out and the Marlins up 1-0 in the sixth, Stanton raced toward the right-field line and made a sliding catch to end the inning and rob Devin Mesoraco of a game-tying RBI.

That was one of two stellar plays for Stanton on defense, and starter Nathan Eovaldi was most appreciative. Thanks in part to Stanton's bat and glove, Eovaldi snapped a seven-game winless streak. He powered through the Reds' lineup for eight shutout innings, holding it to five hits.

Before Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier reached on back-to-back, two-out singles in the sixth, the Reds had not put a runner in scoring position. Mesoraco popped up a 99-mph, 2-2 fastball that Stanton turned into a web gem.

At 97 pitches through seven, Eovaldi went out for the eighth and threw his fastball as hard as he did in the first. Ten of his final 15 pitches registered between 96-99 mph. Billy Hamilton swung through a 98-mph heater for Eovaldi's sixth and final strikeout.