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CINCINNATI – Adam Dunn got Cincinnati’s offense rolling with his eighth homer, and left-hander Brandon Claussen pitched seven shutout innings Monday night, leading the Reds to a 9-1 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Dunn extended his week-long power surge with a two-run homer in the first inning – his last six hits have been homers. Austin Kearns also had a solo shot, and Brandon Phillips drove in four runs with a double and a pair of singles.

The Reds have 26 homers in their first 13 games, coming off a season in which they led the NL in homers. Twenty-three homers have been hit overall in seven games at Great American Ball Park, which yielded the most in the majors last year.

The youthful Marlins have only three victories this season, the fewest in the league. Florida opened the season with 11 rookies on the roster.

Claussen (1-1) has dominated the Marlins in two career appearances. Last season, he allowed only three hits in 5 1-3 shutout innings of a 2-1 victory in Miami.

The left-hander was even better on Monday, giving up five hits and striking out seven in seven innings. He also had a defensive play that saved a run, jumping and stretching to get Josh Willingham’s comeback grounder with two runners aboard in the sixth.

Willingham grounded into a double play that scored the Marlins’ run in the eighth inning off reliever Mike Burns.

Brian Moehler (0-3) had another bad night in his uncharacteristically rough April. Heading into this season, the right-hander had a winning career record in April – his only such month.

Moehler gave up eight runs in five-plus innings, falling to 0-3 in three starts with a 13.14 ERA. Moehler has given up at least six runs in each of his starts.

Center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. was out of the Reds’ lineup for the fifth straight game because of tightness behind his right knee. He ran on a treadmill for 12 minutes before the game and reported improvement. He was available to pinch-hit if needed.

Notes: The Marlins put RHP Carlos Martinez (strained elbow) and OF Jeremy Hermida (sore hip) on the 15-day DL. RHP Randy Messenger and OF Matt Cepicky were called up from Triple-A Albuquerque. … Messenger got into the game in the sixth and gave up an RBI single, and Cepicky got into the game as part of a double switch in the eighth. … Moehler is 0-4 in five career games against the Reds, for whom he played in 2002. … CF Reggie Abercrombie went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, extending his slump to 0-for-20. … In his last seven games, Dunn is 6-for-23 with six homers. … Kearns’ homer extended his hitting streak to five games. … Phillips’ four RBIs matched his career high.