Final in 10

Series: Game 3 of 3

Montreal won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 5
Montreal 8Final
Cincinnati 7
Game 2: Saturday, April 6
Montreal 5Final
Cincinnati 2
Game 3: Sunday, April 7
Montreal 5Final
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Cincinnati 6

Expos 5

(3-3, 2-1 away)

Reds 6

(3-3, 3-3 home)

    1:15 PM ET, April 7, 2002

    Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: S. Sullivan (1-0)

    L: G. Lloyd (0-1)

    Reds nip Expos, but Junior dislocates kneecap

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Even after a dramatic win, the Cincinnati Reds were not about to celebrate. Not when they didn't know how badly Ken Griffey Jr. was hurt.

    Ken Griffey Jr.
    Griffey Jr.

    Griffey partially dislocated his right kneecap during a rundown and left the Reds' 6-5, 10-inning win over the Montreal Expos on Sunday.

    Griffey, who also strained the patella tendon in his right leg, is expected to be out 3-to-6 weeks.

    Griffey was to undergo an MRI test. He was not scheduled to leave Cincinnati with the Reds for their road trip, which starts in Pittsburgh on Monday.

    The All-Star center fielder, who was bothered during spring training by tendinitis in the same knee, was hurt as he was being tagged by Expos third baseman Chris Truby in the seventh inning.

    "I didn't hear anything," Truby said. "I didn't see what happened. He said something about his knee."

    Griffey went down holding his knee and was briefly attended to by Cincinnati medical personnel before limping gingerly off the field.

    Last year, the All-Star center fielder missed most of the first three months because of a partially torn left hamstring.

    "I hope he's OK," said first baseman Sean Casey, whose 10th-inning single with two outs and the bases loaded gave the Reds the win.

    "You could see that he was in pain. That's the last thing you want to see. I know his knee's been bugging him for the past week or so. We don't need that cycle to start again," he said.

    Griffey's first home run of the season, a solo shot down the right-field line, had given the Reds a 2-0 lead in the third inning.

    Cincinnati led 4-1 in the eighth, but Montreal came back against Scott Williamson and Danny Graves. Williamson opened the eighth by allowing two singles and walk before giving way to Graves.

    Pinch-hitter Henry Rodriguez's RBI grounder, pinch-hitter Lee Stevens' two-run single and Vladimir Guerrero's broken-bat, bloop RBI single put the Expos ahead 5-4.

    Wilton Guerrero, batting for Graves, retied it in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out RBI single off Graeme Lloyd.

    After Scott Sullivan (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 10th, Jason LaRue singled off Lloyd (0-1) leading off the bottom half.

    Reggie Taylor sacrificed, LaRue advanced on Todd Walker's grounder, and Barry Larkin and Brady Clark were intentionally walked, bringing up the left-handed hitting Casey against the left-handed Lloyd.

    Casey lined the first pitch, a curveball, up the middle for the winning hit.

    "I expected them to walk those guys to get to Casey," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "It sets up the force and the lefty-lefty, but I don't worry about that with him. If you put it over home plate, he's going to hit it."

    Casey was hoping to get a chance to hit.

    "Boonie came up to me in the dugout and said, 'What if they walk these two guys?"' he said. "I said, 'Game's over. Let's go to Pittsburgh."'

    Lloyd has no excuses.

    "We got the matchup we wanted," said Lloyd, who earned saves in the first two games of the series. "He went down and got a good pitch. It was a pitch right where I wanted to throw it."

    Game notes


    The Reds avoided getting swept at home by Montreal in a three-game series for the first time since 1992. ... Pitcher Joey Hamilton's fourth-inning single was his first hit since last July 14. ... Hamilton now has stranded 18 opposing runners in 12 innings over two starts. ... Griffey's 461st homer left him one short of tying Jose Canseco for 22nd place on the career list. ... LaRue tied his career high with three hits. ... The Reds, who were tied with Atlanta for the most errors and lowest fielding percentage in the National League going into the game, committed two more errors to give them eight on the season, including six in the three-game series with Montreal. ... The Expos were charged with five errors in the sloppily played series.

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