CINCINNATI -- The way Omar Infante sees the play, he was just returning the favor.
Infante, who had three hits and was a single shy of completing the cycle, also made the defensive play of Saturday night when he went airborne to snare Brandon Phillips' hard grounder.
The outstanding play came in the eighth inning, as Infante dove, collected the ball and threw Phillips out at first in Miami's 8-3 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
"With that guy, I wanted to make that play," Infante said. "That guy, he makes a lot of plays, too.
"He said, 'Hey, let me get a hit, Papa.' I said, 'You make those plays too,'" Infante said, recanting their brief conversation.
Phillips is a National League Gold Glove Award-winning second baseman, and Infante has Gold Glove aspirations. Marlins bench coach Joey Cora, who works with the infielders, says Infante is an under-the-radar performer who makes a big impact.
"For everything we heard when we came over, he had a terrific year defensively last year," said Cora, previously on manager Ozzie Guillen's White Sox staff. "I think it helped him in the fact that he is only playing second base and not moving around like he used to.
"He can be as good as anybody in the game, defensively. He's got good range, good arm, good hands. We expect good things from him defensively."
Guillen, Marlins try to take pressure off Hanley
CINCINNATI -- Don't try to do too much is the message that's been delivered to Hanley Ramirez.
There was a sense that Ramirez was pressing in his first two games, as the Miami third baseman went 0-for-8.
Manager Ozzie Guillen spoke with Ramirez about relaxing.
"I talked to Hanley. He was watching videos," Guillen said. "When people get anxious, I talk to them."
Ramirez broke out of an 0-for-10 slide in thunderous fashion, crushing a two-run homer in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Reds.
"He's a piece of the puzzle," Guillen said of the three-time All-Star. "We don't have to wait for him to carry this ballclub. He can't carry this ballclub by himself."
Ramirez has responded to the Marlins' new manager.
From the start of Spring Training, Guillen has stressed the importance of keeping an open line of communication with his players.
Ramirez is going through a transition, switching from shortstop to third base. There will be growing pains and missteps along the way.
The Marlins are being patient with Ramirez.
"[Ozzie's] been like that the whole spring," Ramirez said. "He loosens up everybody. We've got a lot of confidence. He's always got our backs. We're going to go out there and play the game the way it's supposed to be played. We're playing hard."
Ozzie gets bench involved; Dobbs, Hayes start
CINCINNATI -- Limited to one pinch-hit opportunity in the first three games, Greg Dobbs was given his first start of the young season on Sunday.
Dobbs started for the Marlins at first base in the series finale with the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Brett Hayes also was given his first start, as he caught in place of John Buck.
"Dobbs, I need to get him some at-bats," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I can't leave a guy on the bench for a couple of weeks and expect him to get a hit. That's why we did it."
Dobbs is the Marlins' primary left-handed pinch-hit option. He started in place of Gaby Sanchez, who is 1-for-11.
"Gaby, I think is a little anxious," Guillen said. "From my perspective, he's a little anxious, trying to do too much. He tries to put a lot of pressure on himself."
Guillen made it clear that Sanchez was sitting on Sunday only to give Dobbs some action.
"He's not playing because I need to get Dobbs to get some at-bats," the manager said. "[Sanchez] needs to relax a little bit and stay with his program. This ballclub is about 25 guys, it's not about one.
"We need 25 to contribute. Nobody on this ballclub is that good to carry the ballclub. One day, one guy. One day, another guy."
The Marlins will be playing back-to-back afternoon games, with a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Philadelphia on Monday.
Left fielder Logan Morrison is expected to get the day off then. Morrison had surgery on his right knee in early December, and he is getting periodic off-days.
"Everybody on this ballclub can contribute," Guillen said. "We don't have to wait for Hanley [Ramirez] to get hot, or [Emilio] Bonifacio to steal four bases. Everybody here has a chance to contribute every day. That's what we want."