CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Given how well Nathan Eovaldi did against the Reds a week earlier, he figured he might as well stick with what worked in the rematch. . It worked even better. The right-hander gave his second straight shutdown performance, holding Cincinnati to five hits over eight shutout innings, and Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 28th homer on Friday night, powering the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory. The Reds fell to 8-13 since the All-Star break, a slide that has them stranded in fourth place in the NL Central. Eovaldi (6-6) got his first victory since June 23, ending a streak of three losses and four no-decisions. He was coming off what was his best performance of the second half of the season -- seven innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Reds last Saturday. He didnt get the decision in that one. He was even tougher in Cincinnati. "Same approach: Keep attacking," he said. "I was able to throw the ball well against them (in Miami). I didnt change my approach." He threw 112 pitches, his last one clocked at 99 mph. Eovaldi walked one and struck out six while going eight innings for the second time this season. "He was great," manager Mike Redmond said. "He mixed in just enough breaking balls to keep them off balance." Devin Mesoraco doubled home a run in the ninth off Steve Cishek, who then fanned Zack Cozart with two runners aboard to get his 28th save in 31 chances. Todd Frazier had three of Cincinnatis seven hits. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the sixth inning off Mike Leake (9-10) and Stanton connected in the seventh, ending the right-handers perfect career mark against the Marlins. Leake had been 3-0 in three starts against them with a 1.93 ERA. Casey McGehee hit his second double of the game with one out in the sixth, and Leake walked Garrett Jones and hit Marcell Ozuna to load the bases for Saltalamacchias run-scoring fly to centre. Stanton homered with two outs in the seventh. Cincinnatis Brayan Pena singled in the second inning, giving him a 12-game hitting streak that matches his career high. His left hamstring tightened after he reached base, and he left the game as a precaution after the inning. . The Cubs made the moves before Thursdays game against Arizona. They promoted left-hander Zac Rosscup and right-hander Neil Ramirez from Triple-A Iowa and optioned righty Blake Parker to their top minor league team. . It was just time for him to make a big play. Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 18 points, and the Trail Blazers overcame poor-shooting nights by two of their best players in a 94-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday.CHICAGO - Semyon Varlamov was busy all night, but he was thankful his teammates made sure he could see the puck.Nathan MacKinnon scored and set up a goal by Maxime Talbot in the opening 1:17, Varlamov finished with 54 saves for his third shutout of the season and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Tuesday night.Colorado was outshot by 30 but held on for its third win in four games behind Varlamovs 16th career shutout. The Avalanche improved to 7-3-2 in their last 12 as they avoided screening their goalie and quickly cleared loose pucks.The good thing is, the guys werent staying in front of me, Varlamov said. They were giving me a chance to see the puck all the time. That was key.And they played very well on the rebounds, he added. The Ds and forwards played very well in front of me.Varlamov has three straight wins against Chicago and has won four of his last five games against the Blackhawks. In the four wins, hes allowed just five goals.(Varlamov) had plenty of work out there, Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. If we want to have a chance to get back in the playoff picture, its going to start from him.MacKinnon, who won the Calder Trophy last season as the NHLs rookie of the year, scored 53 seconds into the game with just his second goal in his last 22 games. He had 24 goals and 39 assists in 2013-14 as an 18-year-old, but has just seven goals and 17 assists this season.We pressed early, MacKinnon said. Maybe we got a couple of shots that werent really quality shots, but thats OK.Corey Crawford finished with 22 saves for the Blackhawks, who had a season high in shots and dominated the pace as the game progressed. However, Chicago was blanked for the third time this season.The Blackhawks have given up the first goal in five straight games, and they admit poor starts have become an issue.Just a slow start, a couple of chances against and its in the back of the net, Chicago forward Patrick Sharp said. Its been a couple of games weve done that and we need to fix it quickly.After defenceman Johnny Oduya fell down, John Mitchell sent MacKinnon in alone andd he opened the scoring on a rising shot. . .The first shot goes in a lot lately, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. Weve got to make sure than cant happen.Colorado made it 2-0 just 24 seconds later as MacKinnon got past Niklas Hjalmarsson and broke in alone on Crawford again. He skated to edge of the crease and slipped a short pass to Talbot, who buried a shot from only a few feet out.The Blackhawks picked up their pace midway through the period and outshot the Avalanche 17-11 for the period.Chicago dictated the play for most of the scoreless second, outshooting Colorado 20-5, but the Blackhawks had limited close-in, screened and rebound attempts.Chicagos best chance came 5:40 into the period during a power play when Varlamov stopped Bryan Bickell on a rebound of Brad Richards shot from the blue line.Chicagos Brandon Saad hit the post with a shot 10 seconds into the third. The Blackhawks had the puck for most of the period, but Varlamov continued to stop initial shots and Avalanche cleared loose pucks.The third period, we put everything at the net, including bodies, which we didnt do a good job of the first 40 minutes, Quenneville said. But he made a couple of big saves in the third period with traffic.Saad poked a rebound under Varlamov with 2:17 left in the third, but the goal was disallowed because the whistle had blown.NOTES: Blackhawks F Kris Versteeg missed his second game with a left hand injury thats expected to keep him out a month. According to a statement from team physician, Dr. Michael Terry, Versteeg underwent a procedure today to further stabilize a metacarpal fracture in his left hand. We do not anticipate any significant changes in his return to play timetable and we continue to anticipate a full recovery. ... F Daniel Carcillo was a healthy scratch for the second straight game after not recording a point in his previous eight. His pace hasnt been the same as it was most of the year, Quenneville said. ... D Tim Erixon also was a healthy scratch. ... Colorado D Zach Redmond was a healthy scratch after skating in the warmups. ' ' '