Final in 11

Series: Game 1 of 3

Arizona leads 1-0 (as of 8/27)

Game 1: Friday, August 27
in 11
Game 2: Saturday, August 28
Game 3: Sunday, August 29

Diamondbacks 4

(40-89, 20-44 away)

Reds 3

(61-66, 33-29 home)

    7:10 PM ET, August 27, 2004

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: B. Bruney (3-3)

    L: J. Valentine (1-3)

    S: G. Aquino (8)

    Cintron drives in winning run with single

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- That's two straight wins the Arizona Diamondbacks can credit to Alex Cintron.

    Cintron hit an RBI single with one out in the 11th inning, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Cintron also drove in the go-ahead run Monday in the ninth against Pittsburgh.

    "It's a great feeling to come through in the clutch," said Cintron, who was hitting .156 in his previous eight games.

    "He's gotten a lot of key hits for us lately," Arizona manager Al Pedrique said.

    The Diamondbacks lost two in a row between Cintron's hits.

    Andy Green, a Lexington, Ky., native who grew up rooting for the Reds, started the winning rally with a triple that right-fielder Austin Kearns got his glove on before crashing into the wall.

    "I had it," said Kearns, who was unhurt. "It was right in the tip of my glove. As soon as I hit the wall, it came out."

    "He went back on it pretty good," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "It looked like a Sno-Cone."

    After Quinton McCracken walked, Cintron hit a soft liner to center off Joe Valentine (1-3).

    Brian Bruney (3-3) allowed one hit in the 10th for the win. Greg Aquino pitched the 11th for his eighth save.

    The Reds trailed 3-1 in the seventh when Kearns scored on Jacob Cruz's pinch-hit double off the left-field wall. Adam Dunn tied it with his 38th homer of the season and second in three games leading off the eighth.

    Arizona right-hander Brandon Webb had a season-high eight strikeouts while allowing six hits and two runs with two walks in 6 1-3 innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.67. Webb was in line to improve to 3-1 with a 2.49 ERA in four career starts against the Reds before Dunn's homer off of Shane Nance.

    "We've had a hard time figuring him out," Miley said.

    "He's got as much movement on his sinker as anybody in baseball," Kearns said.

    Reds starter Brandon Claussen gave up eight hits and three runs with one walk and four strikeouts in six innings. He also threw two wild pitches.

    Back-to-back doubles by Sean Casey and Dunn with two outs in the first inning gave the Reds the early lead.

    Arizona tied the score in the second when Shea Hillenbrand scored from third on a wild pitch -- ball four to Luis Terrero. Terrero snapped the 1-all tie in the fourth inning with a two-out solo homer into the Reds bullpen in left-center, his second career homer.

    The Diamondbacks made it 3-1 in the fifth with help from Reds center fielder Wily Mo Pena. Dunn, the left fielder, appeared to be in position to catch McCracken's routine flyball to left-center when Pena called him off, then allowed the ball to drop. McCracken was credited with a double. He moved to third on Claussen's wild pitch and scored on Cintron's single to right.

    Game notes

    Pena returned to Cincinnati's lineup after missing five starts with a sprained left wrist ... Ryan Freel's third-inning stolen base was the fourth in four tries over five games with Chris Snyder catching ... Felipe Lopez was hitless in 14 at-bats before being credited with an infield single in the third that was bobbled by shortstop Cintron as he tried to throw Freel out at third base.

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