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Homers by Kearns, Dunn not enough for Reds

4/12/2003

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Don't tell backup catcher Todd Pratt his
performance was surprising.

Pratt drove in three runs, offsetting solo homers by Austin
Kearns and Adam Dunn, as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the
Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Saturday.

"Just because we're bench players doesn't mean we couldn't be
everyday players on other teams,'' said Pratt, playing in only his
second game of the season.

Pratt appeared in just 39 games last season, including two at
first base, while backing up Mike Lieberthal. But in those limited
appearances, he hit a career-best .311.

"This bench is experienced,'' Pratt said. "It's starting to
show.''

Pratt, who singled in a run in the second, gave starter Kevin
Millwood a boost and Philadelphia a 4-3 lead when he drove in two
runs with a bases-loaded single to cap a three-run fifth.

"That made all the difference in the world,'' Millwood said.
"I knew I had to shut them down. I had put us in a hole.''

Millwood (2-0) retired the Reds in order in the fifth and sixth,
leaving with seven strikeouts. He allowed four hits and walked two.

The Reds had just one hit off Millwood until Kearns and Dunn hit
consecutive home runs in the fourth, and Reggie Taylor singled in a
run to make it 3-1.

It was the third home run in two games for Kearns, whose two-run
shot in the bottom of the ninth inning beat the Phillies on Friday
night.

Cincinnati starter Jimmy Haynes (0-3) lasted five innings in his
third ineffective start of the season. He gave up four runs on
eight hits and four walks, yet his ERA actually improved two points
to 10.38.

"I thought he pitched pretty good,'' Reds manager Bob Boone
said. "He was better than he has been. He was closer with his
pitches.''

Haynes' third start had been pushed back a day because he had to
leave last Saturday's game after four innings with lower back
spasms.

"The back problem was still there. It was sore, but it didn't
lock up on me,'' Haynes said. "I could bend my back and keep the
ball down.''

Ricky Ledee, whose bases-loaded walk forced in a run in the
fifth, and Tomas Perez had RBI singles off Josias Manzanillo in the
seventh to make it 6-3. Jimmy Rollins added a two-run single for
Philadelphia in the ninth.

Brandon Larson had an RBI single for the Reds in the eighth, and
Aaron Boone singled in the final run in the ninth.

Game notes
Rollins' single in the second extended his hitting streak
to seven games for Philadelphia. ... Reds SS Barry Larkin sat out
his second consecutive game since a slight calf muscle strain
Thursday night in Houston. ... Aaron Boone stole second in the
first inning, the Reds' first stolen base of the season. The last
time the Reds went 10 games without a stolen base to start a season
was 1957.