Final in 12

Series: Game 1 of 3

Cincinnati leads 1-0 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Friday, September 6
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Milwaukee 3
Game 2: Saturday, September 7
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Milwaukee 9
Game 3: Sunday, September 8
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Milwaukee 4

Reds 5

(68-72, 34-35 away)

Brewers 3

(50-91, 28-42 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 6, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: D. Graves (6-3)

    L: M. DeJean (1-5)

    S: J. Hamilton (1)

    Reds' Larkin knocks in winning run in 12th

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- It's been a long season for Barry Larkin, and the Cincinnati Reds shortstop had another rough night.

    Barry Larkin

    But Larkin felt better after he singled in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning and the Reds stayed unbeaten at Miller Park this season by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Friday night.

    The Reds, swept at home by the Brewers last week, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 10th and improved to 7-0 in Milwaukee this year.

    "It's been a tough year and it's been very frustrating,'' said Larkin, who was 0-for-5 before driving in the decisive run.

    Aaron Boone drew a one-out walk from Mike DeJean (1-5) in the 12th, moved to third on a single by Todd Walker and scored on Larkin's single.

    Walker and Larkin advanced on a wild pitch before Adam Dunn was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jose Guillen's RBI grounder made it 5-3.

    Danny Graves (6-3) pitched two scoreless innings, and Joey Hamilton worked the 12th for his first save in 229 major league appearances.

    "He's been pitching very well,'' manager Bob Boone said. "His velocity is up 3 mph since he moved to the 'pen. It's a role that suits him very well.''

    The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the 10th against Graves but failed to score when Ryan Thompson's soft liner to shortstop was turned into a double play.

    "We got ourselves into position to win the game and didn't do it,'' Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster said. "We've been doing the job in that situation and didn't do it tonight. I've seen it all year. I'm sick and tired of it.''

    The game was a pitcher's duel between Ben Sheets and Elmer Dessens through five scoreless innings, though neither was involved in the decision.

    The Reds broke through in the sixth when Walker opened with a double and scored on a grounder by Guillen. Russell Branyan's triple scored Guillen, and an RBI single by Reggie Taylor made it 3-0.

    The Brewers bounced back against Dessens on a leadoff double by Jeffrey Hammonds, a walk to Richie Sexson and a three-run homer by Matt Stairs, his 14th.

    "We had a chance and never capitalized,'' Stairs said. "That's the bottom line. That's why we've lost 91 games.''

    Sheets, seeking his fifth victory in six starts after struggling much of the season, was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out four.

    Cincinnati had a runner at third with no outs in the seventh when Juan Castro doubled and advanced on a wild pitch. But he was thrown out at the plate by shortstop Jose Hernandez on a one-out grounder by Walker.

    Game notes

    3B Keith Ginter, the newest of the Brewers, was introduced to his manager and fellow players after learning Thursday that he was the player to be named in the trade of INF Mark Loretta to Houston. Ginter concluded his season at Triple-A New Orleans and was heading home when he got what he called "good news.'' ... Although he wants to give callup Bill Hall a few starts, Brewers manager Jerry Royster isn't considering benching Hernandez if or when he gets close to the strikeout record of 189 in a single season set by Bobby Bonds. Hernandez has 175 with 20 games to play. ... The Reds have gone 7-17 since Aug. 11, when they were 61-55 and only two games behind NL Central-leading St. Louis. ... Cincinnati has played the most extra-inning games in the majors, going 12-3. ... The 24,652 Brewers fans left Miller Park disappointed by not getting a free ticket for a future game. Had Milwaukee won, they could have cashed in their ticket stubs for another game this season.

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