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CINCINNATI -- Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek was the victor in Sunday's 10-6 win over the Marlins after striking out the side in a perfect seventh inning. Ondrusek did it with his best stuff, throwing 17 pitches.

"I was effectively wild," Ondrusek, who struck out the only batter he faced in Monday's 5-4 win, said. "The command wasn't as good as it's been the previous games. The results, I'll take them every time. Overall, it's been a positive as far as throwing more strikes and feeling comfortable and everything. Right now, that's what I'm looking for."

Following a subpar Spring Training, Ondrusek was sent to Double-A Pensacola to work on some things with pitching coach Tom Brown. A couple of mechanical flaws were spotted and improvements were made to Ondrusek's cutter, one of his primary pitches.

"[Brown] had me for a little over two years in Florida. He said I was similar to before but I had more of a head tilt because my arm was getting too high," Ondrusek said. "Whenever I get that [cutter] going, everything falls into place."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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