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Despite six-run ninth, Reds fall to Expos

4/5/2002

CINCINNATI (AP) -- With Montreal up 8-1 heading into the bottom
of the ninth, Expos reliever Graeme Lloyd figured there was little
chance he'd get in the game.

A half-hour later, he was on the mound for the deciding pitch.

The Cincinnati Reds put on a slapstick performance -- three
errors in one inning -- as the Expos pulled away, then scored six in
the ninth before Lloyd closed out a sloppy 8-7 victory Friday
night.

Lloyd got Todd Walker on a called third strike -- a fastball on
the corner -- with two runners aboard to end the 3-hour, 28-minute
game.

"I wasn't expecting to pitch, that's for sure," said Lloyd,
who got his first save. "That's the way baseball goes. I was
getting ready from the fifth inning on, but there's a difference
between being ready to pitch and expecting to pitch."

Manager Frank Robinson didn't expect to use his depleted bullpen
after the Expos rolled ahead 8-0 after four innings. Vladimir
Guerrero and Brian Schneider each drove in a pair of runs as the
Expos piled up 12 hits off Jimmy Haynes (0-1) and four relievers.

Robinson, who spent the first 10 years of his Hall of Fame
career with the Reds and has his No. 20 retired, didn't have many
tough decisions until the ninth inning, when two Expos throwing
errors helped the Reds rally.

The Expos traded reliever Scott Strickland to the Mets as part
of a deal for left-hander Bruce Chen before the game, leaving
Robinson with limited choices in the bullpen.

"It crept up on us a little bit, being short-handed," Robinson
said. "We had to sweat a little bit, but it was enjoyable in the
end. That's the main thing."

Until the ninth, the brightest spot for the chilled crowd of
17,123 was Jose Rijo's third-inning single through the hole at
shortstop -- the reliever's first hit since 1995, when he had the
first of five elbow operations that sidelined him until last
August.

Masato Yoshii (1-0) shut out the Reds until Aaron Boone hit a
solo homer in the sixth, Cincinnati's second homer in four games.
Yoshii gave up seven hits -- three by Juan Encarnacion -- walked two
and struck out five.

For the second time in four games, a Cincinnati starter failed
to make it to the fifth inning. The Expos batted around for five
runs in a sloppy second inning that brought catcalls from the
bundled crowd.

Lee Stevens led off with a double and scored when Chris Truby
singled to right and a charging Encarnacion tried to scoop the ball
and missed, letting it roll past him for an error.

Schneider doubled home another run and later scored when Haynes
tried to field Peter Bergeron's slow roller with his glove, but
knocked the ball away.

Bergeron stole second and came home on Jose Vidro's single, and
center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. completed the trilogy of errors by
failing to come up cleanly with Guerrero's double, allowing Vidro
to score from first.

Haynes lasted only 2 1-3 innings, giving up six hits and seven
runs, four earned. The Expos hit one line drive after another off
Haynes, who lost 17 games for Milwaukee last season.

"I didn't think he was very good. What did you think?" manager
Bob Boone said. "He was in the middle of the plate and he didn't
have much stuff. He didn't trick many people."

Haynes, one of two non-roster pitchers who made the rotation in
spring training, thought he was unlucky.

"I made some good pitches and I made some bad pitches," Haynes
said. "They just hit everything and found every hole."

Left fielder Adam Dunn had a bad moment in the third, when he
dove for Schneider's sinking line drive. Thinking he'd short-hopped
it, Dunn popped up, got in throwing position and reached into his
glove for the ball. He was puzzled to find the glove empty -- the
ball had deflected into the corner for an RBI double.

Brad Wilkerson's single scored Schneider to make it 7-0, and
Guerrero doubled home another run in the fourth off Rijo.

Game notes
Robinson said after the game that Chen will pitch out of
the bullpen. ... The Expos didn't steal a base in their series
against Florida, going 0-for-3. They stole three in the first two
innings off Haynes, who has a slow move to the plate. ... When
Yoshii came to bat, fans chanted, "USA! USA!" ... A banner
hanging from the upper deck said, "Save The Expos" ... Rijo's
last hit came off Chicago's Steve Trachsel on July 13, 1995. ...
Totals for the Reds' four starters this week: Joey Hamilton, 94
pitches, five innings; Elmer Dessens, 87 pitches, 3 2/3 innings;
Jose Acevedo, 107 pitches, six innings; Haynes, 66 pitches, 2 1/3
innings.