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Reds falter in doubleheader sweep

9/21/2002

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The final series at Cinergy Field is going
extra long and turning into a total letdown for the Cincinnati Reds.

Barry Larkin's two errors in the 10th inning helped Philadelphia
win the opener of a day-night doubleheader, and Tomas Perez's
11th-inning homer finished the Phillies' sweep with a 5-4 victory
Saturday night.

Only 13,821 fans showed up for the afternoon game, which ended
with loud boos for the Reds' shortstop and team captain. Larkin
fumbled two grounders to help load the bases, and Jimmy Rollins
doubled for a 5-3 win.

A capacity crowd of 40,804 for the second game was booing at the
outset as the Phillies scored three times in the first. There was
silence when Perez led off the 11th with a first-pitch homer off
Joey Hamilton (4-10), who was the Reds' opening day starter.

Terry Adams (7-9) won both games and Jose Mesa saved both,
allowing him to tie Mitch Williams' club record with 43 saves.

Bobby Abreu had four hits in the second game and extended his
hitting streak to a career-high 15 games. He singled home a run in
the first off closer-turned-starter Danny Graves, and Travis Lee
followed with a homer for a 3-0 lead.

The Reds tied it with Juan Castro's two-run double and Todd
Walker's RBI single in the fourth off Randy Wolf, but Abreu singled
home another run off Graves an inning later.

Wolf struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings, leaving with
a 4-3 lead. Ruben Mateo tied it with his second homer in the
eighth.

In its original form, all-turf Riverfront Stadium became
synonymous with the Big Red Machine. In the last two seasons with a
reconfigured grass field, it was the stage for many more losses
than wins.

The Reds lost a club-record 54 games at home last year, taking
the luster off their final Cinergy season. They've gone 38-42 at
home this season.

The series opener was scheduled for Friday night, but a rainout
resulted in the first day-night doubleheader in the stadium's
32-year history. The Reds are bringing back prominent players for
the closing game on Sunday, and will start 1990 World Series MVP
Jose Rijo.

Cinergy will be turned into parking space for the adjacent Great
American Ball Park, scheduled to open next year.

The Reds sold 36,940 tickets for Friday's game. Few fans
returned for the makeup game, which coincided with Ohio State's
game against the University of Cincinnati at neighboring Paul Brown
Stadium.

Many of the fans left after the Reds failed to win it in the
ninth inning, which ended about 20 minutes before Ohio State's
kickoff.

Adams gave up a solo homer to Adam Dunn that put the Reds up 3-2
in the eighth, but Scott Williamson (3-4) gave up a tying homer to
Abreu in the ninth.

Larkin then helped the Phillies load the bases with his 11th and
12th errors of the season around a single by Perez. Rollins' soft
double to right broke the tie.

Game notes
A young fan suffered a broken nose when he was hit by a
foul ball that ricocheted off the lower-level seats during the
first game. The boy was carried from his seat by an usher, examined
at a first-aid station, then taken to a hospital for treatment. ...
Wolf's 13 strikeouts were the most by a Phillies left-hander since
Terry Mulholland struck out 14 against Colorado on June 4, 1993.
... Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-5 in the first game, then came off
the bench and popped out and flied out in the night game. He has
started only four of the last 21 games since hurting his leg. ...
Joe Oliver, who drove in the winning run in the last World Series
game in Cincinnati in 1990, changed the stadium countdown board to
one game left.