Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Cincinnati leads 1-0 (as of 4/14)

Game 1: Monday, April 14
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 15
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 16
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Game 4: Thursday, April 17
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Reds 11

(5-8, 2-2 away)

Cubs 3

(7-6, 4-3 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 14, 2003

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    CIN 020021420 11 11 0
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    W: J. Anderson (1-1)

    L: M. Prior (2-1)

    S: J. Riedling (1)

    Reds' offense thrust behind needed victory

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Jason LaRue doubled three times and Sean Casey had three hits as the Cincinnati Reds beat Mark Prior and the Chicago Cubs 11-3 Monday night.

    Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer, while Casey and Felipe Lopez each drove in two runs. It was an encouraging victory for the Reds, who placed All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf earlier in the day.

    Jimmy Anderson (1-1) went five-plus innings for the win, and Brandon Larson scored three times.

    Prior, who shut out the Montreal Expos in his last start, came in with a 0.60 ERA. But the Reds got to him in the second inning.

    The right-hander walked Adam Dunn before LaRue doubled, snapping an 0-for-11 slump. Dunn scored on Prior's wild pitch, and Reggie Taylor put down a sacrifice bunt to score LaRue, giving Cincinnati a 2-0 lead.

    LaRue led off the fifth with his second double of the game. One out later, Larson reached safely on a throwing error by Prior. A two-run single by Felipe Lopez made it 4-1.

    LaRue doubled for the third time off Prior in the sixth, scoring Casey to give the Reds a 5-1 lead.

    Prior (2-1) pitched six innings and gave up five runs, three earned, and two walks. He struck out six.

    John Riedling allowed one hit in three innings for his first save.

    Anderson got into trouble in the sixth inning -- he gave up four consecutive hits before being pulled. He gave up a lead off double to Sammy Sosa. Moises Alou drove in Sosa on an RBI single, Eric Karros followed with a single and Mark Bellhorn drove in Alou on a double to right, cutting the Reds lead to 5-3.

    Anderson allowed 10 hits and three runs and got help from the Reds bullpen.

    Kent Mercker relieved Anderson and struck out Corey Patterson, the only batter he faced. Scott Sullivan struck out Damian Miller and intentionally walked pinch-hitter Troy O'Leary to load the bases. Sullivan got out of it by getting Mark Grudzielanek to hit into a fielder's choice.

    The Reds benefited from Chicago's sloppy defense in the seventh. Larson scored from second on pitcher Juan Cruz's throwing error after fielding a bunt from Lopez. One out later, Casey drove in Lopez and Guillen to give the Reds an 8-3 lead.

    Mike Remlinger came in to relieve Cruz and gave up an RBI single to Dunn to make it 9-3.

    Guillen homered in the eighth off Dave Veres to make it 11-3.

    Game notes


    LF Dunn made a diving catch of Patterson's line drive in the second inning to double up Karros. ... Gametime temperature was 79 degrees, compared to 32 degrees for Opening Day last Tuesday. ... The Reds came in with a .217 batting average (worst in the NL) through their first 12 games.

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