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09/13/2002 00:19 am ET
Reds rally past Cubs in slugfest
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Todd Walker's bases-loaded double capped a four-run eighth inning and ended a topsy-turvy evening Thursday for the Cincinnati Reds, who outlasted the Chicago Cubs, 15-12.
The Reds (72-74) overcame a 5-0 deficit and Chicago's 22 hits, the most the Reds have allowed since yielding that many on June 3, 1988, at Los Angeles. But they emerged with their fourth victory in five games by generating the third lead change in the final four innings.
Jose Guillen opened Cincinnati's big eighth off Kyle Farnsworth (3-6) with a single, his third hit of the night. After Russell Branyan doubled with one out, Farnsworth intentionally walked pinch-hitter Ken Griffey Jr., who was replaced by pinch-runner Danny Graves.
Jason LaRue struck out, but Farnsworth's 0-1 pitch to Reggie Taylor, the next batter, was wild, scoring Guillen and advancing the runners. Taylor walked to re-load the bases.
Up came Walker, Cincinnati's hottest hitter of late. He drilled a full-count pitch to left field, scoring all three runners. Walker has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .520 (26-for-50) in that stretch.
John Riedling (2-2) retired the final Cubs batter in the eighth inning to earn the decision before Scott Williamson pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
Trailing 11-9, the Cubs had leapfrogged the Reds with three runs in the top of the eighth inning.
Mike Mahoney doubled to open the inning off Reds reliever Joey Hamilton. He scored one out later on Bobby Hill's fourth hit, a single to left field. Jose Guillen misplayed the ball, enabling Hill to reach third base.
Hill scored on Corey Patterson's double to right-center field, a grounder that scooted under diving second baseman Todd Walker's glove and died in the outfield grass. After Sammy Sosa drew an intentional walk, left-hander Bruce Chen replaced Hamilton and yielded Fred McGriff's RBI single for the go-ahead run.
Neither starting pitcher lasted long. Cincinnati's Shawn Estes failed to escape the second inning for the second outing in a row, yielding six runs and five hits in one-plus inning. Chicago's Steve Smyth vanished after two complete, having allowed four runs and five hits.
The Cubs jumped on Estes for five first-inning runs. After walking Hill to open the game, Estes hit Patterson with his next pitch. Sosa walked to load the bases. Moises Alou and Kevin Orie then each singled home a run.
With two outs and the bases still loaded, Mahoney drilled a double off the left-center field wall, delivering all three runners.
The Reds scored once in their half of the inning on consecutive doubles by Barry Larkin and Aaron Boone.
Chicago countered with a run in the second on Hill's double and Patterson's RBI single, before the Reds scored three times in their half of the inning to trim the difference to 6-4.
Back-to-back home runs by Russell Branyan and Wily Mo Pena began Cincinnati's surge. Branyan's blast landed in the right-field upper deck, only the 35th "red-seat" shot in the stadium's 33 seasons. Pena, a 20-year-old rookie who was recalled Tuesday from Double-A Chattanooga, celebrated his second Major League at-bat by driving the first pitch over the right-center field barrier. LaRue doubled, was sacrificed to third and scored on Walker's groundout for the inning's final run.
Each team scored a run in the fifth. Chicago generated a run against Reds reliever Jared Fernandez on singles by Kevin Orie, Alex Gonzalez and Hill. The Reds responded with Guillen's third homer in five games, a drive to right field off Pat Mahomes.
Trailing 7-5, Cincinnati stormed ahead with a four-run sixth off Cubs reliever Will Cunnane. The Reds loaded the bases with one out on Taylor's double, Walker's infield single and Larkin's walk. One out later, Guillen singled to right field, sending home Taylor and Walker. Ruben Mateo's double chased Larkin and Guillen across.
Chicago forged a 9-9 tie with two runs in the seventh but could have enjoyed a more fruitful inning against reliever Joey Hamilton. After Mark Bellhorn tripled off the heel of Taylor's glove in deep center field and Hill bounced an RBI single over third base, the Cubs proceeded to fill the bases on Patterson's double and Sosa's walk. Moises Alou lined an RBI single before Hamilton recovered to retire Fred McGriff on a fly to shallow center, pinch-hitter Chris Stynes on a pop-up and Gonzalez on a strikeout.
Cincinnati grabbed its temporary lead with two runs in the seventh off rookie right-hander Francis Beltran. LaRue singled and moved to second on Taylor's walk. Bellhorn fielded Walker's bunt toward third and made a one-hop throw to first base that trickled away from Hill, the second baseman who was covering the bag. That enabled LaRue to score and resulted in a hit for Walker. Taylor went to third on the play and scored on Larkin's sacrifice fly.
Chris Haft covers the Reds for MLB.com and can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Cincinnati Reds 15, Chicago Cubs 12|
|a-Flied out for Smyth in the 3rd. b-Popped out for Cruz in the 7th. c-Batted for Beltran in the 8th. d-Struck out for Echevarria in the 8th. e-Flied out for Mahoney in the 9th.|
|2B: Mahoney 2 (3, Estes, Hamilton), Hill (6, Estes), McGriff (27, Fernandez), Patterson 2 (27, Hamilton, Hamilton).|
3B: Bellhorn (4, Hamilton).
RBI: Alou 2 (58), Orie (3), Mahoney 3 (3), Patterson 2 (54), Hill 3 (14), McGriff (99).
2-out RBI: Mahoney 3, Hill, McGriff.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Smyth, Hundley, McGriff, Patterson 2, Mahoney 2, Gonzalez 2, Choi.
Team LOB: 15.
|PO: Patterson (1st base by Silva).|
|E: Bellhorn (11, throw).|
|a-Flied out for Silva in the 4th. b-Flied out for Sullivan in the 6th. c-Intentionally walked for Riedling in the 8th.|
|1-Ran for Griffey in the 8th.|
|2B: Larkin (34, Smyth), Boone (35, Smyth), LaRue (17, Smyth), Taylor (10, Cunnane), Mateo (5, Cunnane), Branyan (11, Farnsworth), Walker (36, Farnsworth).|
HR: Branyan (20, 2nd inning off Smyth, 0 on, 0 out), Pena (1, 2nd inning off Smyth, 0 on, 0 out), Guillen (7, 5th inning off Mahomes, 0 on, 1 out).
RBI: Boone (80), Branyan (46), Pena (1), Walker 4 (59), Guillen 3 (28), Mateo 2 (6), Larkin (47).
2-out RBI: Guillen 2, Mateo 2, Walker 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mateo, Pena, Dunn, Larkin.
Team LOB: 8.
|CS: Boone (8, 2nd base by Mahomes/Mahoney).|
|E: Guillen (1, fielding).|
Pickoffs: Silva (Patterson at 1st base).
||Estes pitched to 2 batters in the 2nd.|
Chen pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
IBB: Branyan (by Cunnane), Griffey (by Farnsworth), Sosa (by Hamilton).
HBP: Patterson (by Estes).
Pitches-strikes: Smyth 41-31, Mahomes 61-31, Cunnane 35-19, Cruz 3-2, Beltran 11-5, Farnsworth 39-21, Estes 39-21, Silva 45-28, Fernandez 23-18, Sullivan 11-7, Hamilton 47-25, Chen 1-1, Riedling 5-3, Williamson 16-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Smyth 2-1, Mahomes 2-4, Cunnane 0-2, Cruz 0-1, Beltran 2-1, Farnsworth 1-0, Estes 1-0, Silva 5-3, Fernandez 0-3, Sullivan 0-1, Hamilton 0-2, Chen 0-0, Riedling 0-0, Williamson 0-1.
Batters faced: Smyth 11, Mahomes 14, Cunnane 8, Cruz 1, Beltran 5, Farnsworth 8, Estes 11, Silva 12, Fernandez 9, Sullivan 3, Hamilton 14, Chen 1, Riedling 1, Williamson 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Cruz 2-0, Silva 1-0, Sullivan 2-0, Chen 2-1, Riedling 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Paul Emmel. 1B: Gary Darling. 2B: Steve Rippley. 3B: Paul Nauert.
Weather: 80 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to RF.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner