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L i TK3 ADVCCATE-K.ZCCCNGER, Friday, September 4, 1932 FumeUa no t writmg ; M.ed out of race yet Expos rout Braves GAME FACTS ' u k .: : '' By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer 9 CINCINNATI (AP) Manager Lou Piniella thinks his reeling Cincinnati Reds still could get the last laugh. rtj,The Reds ended their seY-en-game losing streak Thursday flight by scoring twice in the ninth to, beat the New prk Mets 4-3. Their first win in a week moved them 6V2 behind Atlanta in the NL West jwth just 29 to play, 3 Not great odds. But Piniella isn't writing off his team just yet When a room full of reporters laughed at a suggestion that the pennant race is heat-, log up Thursday, Piniella kept -4. straight face.-i'Go ahead and laugh," he said. "A lot of funny things have happened in this crazy .game of baseball" Uj;Several improbable ones came together to end the Reds' longest losing streak of the season. " & The Mets blew a ninth-inning lead for the first time in dearly two years. Reliever Anthony Young, perfect in 12 'Cave opportunities, finally blew one. Paul O'Neill, 0 for ;32, doubled home the tying run. And Jeff Branson, also 0 jtfor 12, hit a potential double-jplay grounder but beat the re-lay to let O'Neill score the game winner. C "Lately Tve been struggling real bad," Branson said, "Maybe luck is starting to "catch up with me. Maybe it's to third. The Mets then set up the double play by walking Bill Doran. Branson came to bat trying to avoid one thing a double-play grounder. He fouled off seven pitches before slapping a fastball softly back to the mound. Young went for the double play, but Branson a left-handed hitter was able to beat shortstop Dick Schofield's relay to first base by a full step. O'Neill took off for home as soon as Young threw to second and scored easily. The runner just got down there faster than I expected," Young said. O'Neill actually made a mistake by not breaking for home immediately, but Branson's speed made it turn out all right " "My job was to get caught in a rundown so they can't get a double play," O'Neill said. "When he hit it, I didn't know what to do. I stopped. As soon as he wheeled to throw to second, I went" It was a modest win for a team that's wasted a week full of chances to make a move on Atlanta. The Reds were just 3 Vi games back when they headed for New York last weekend. The Mets swept four games and the Reds found themselves as many as 7Va back during their longest losing streak of the season. Their only hope now would be to sweep their five games left with Atlanta. - Sy J AP Photo New York's Bobby Bonilla looks back at home plate umpire Terry Tata after striking out on a called third strike Thursday with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. The Reds rallied to win 4-3. NEXT GAME: Tonight 7:35 PJI SITE: Cincinnati PROBABLE PITCHERS: Reds, Belcher (11-2) Mets, Fernandez (11-9) TV: None catching up with the team," The Mets weren't surprised that the odds finally caught up with them in the ninth. They'd won their last 116 games when they took a lead into the ninth, a streak stretching to Sept 30, 1990. "It's tough losing, but you know it's going to happen one day," Young said. The Mets were in command through seven behind Dwight Gooden, who pitched his finest game since returning from a sore shoulder last month. He allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high nine, leaving with a 3-1 lead. Barry Jones gave up an RBI single to Barry Larkin in the eighth, and Young (2-10) opened the Reds ninth by walking Reggie Sanders. O'Neill's double to the gap in left-center tied it, and Joe 01-'ver's sacrifice moved O'Neill but not entirely satisfied. "I was just very sad and disappointed by what I read today," Rijo said. "I just don't like the way it sounded. It sounded like I was bailing out because of my bad arm, that I can only go 100 pitches and that's it It's not true. I've got more than 100 pitches in my " arm. . "I think it's just weak to say he had to pull me out of the game because my elbow was sore or whatever. If he's asked, he should say, 1 did it because I'm the manager.' " Piniella told reporters the same thing he told Rijo: he's just trying to protect him, Rijo has been on a pitch limit since elbow tendinitis disabled him : from April 18 to May 3. Tm doing whafs best for Jose," Piniella said. "The (pitch limit) program is work- ing. In his last seven or eight starts, he's been superb. We're going to continue with the program. "I know he gets unset at times. What can I do?" Rijo has repeatedly complained about the pitch limit, Rijo upset with Piniella, pitch limit and in 1990, we wanted it to end. But there's no reason to give it to them." losing erfront Stadium, but the injury took him out of consideration. . The Reds announced Thursday that right-hander Bobby Ayala will be called up from Class AA Chattanooga to start Saturday. Ayala, 23, will make his major-league debut. Ayala was 12-6 with three shutouts in 27 games for Chattanooga. ATLANTA (AP) Perhaps it's as simple as having confidence. , "Once you've played well in a certain city, the confidence is there," Montreal's, Marquis Grissom said Thursday after the Expos continued their mastery of the Atlanta Braves 11-2. It was Montreal's fifth victory in six games in Atlanta. The Expos completed the season series with an 8-4 edge on . the Braves. : ' That's just baseball," said-Grissom, who had two dou-' bles, scored twice and drove in two runs as both teams lost an, off-day to make up a rainout ' exactly one week earlier. "There's some teams that; play us real tough, like Hous-; ton," Grissom said. "You play' good against some teams, bad against some teams." It was the fifth victory in a row for the Expos, who trail Pittsburgh by three games in; the NL East race. Despite the; loss, Atlanta still commands the West with a 6V2-game" lead over Cincinnati. "We come to Atlanta and for some reason the guys get up and play well," Grissom said. , "You can't explain it. If we knew why we beat them, we'd ; try to use that against every-' body." The latest victory over the; Braves came rather easily. . The Expos jumped on Char-i lie Leibrandt (11-6) for six runs and seven hits in the first three innings, and the Braves never seriously threatened to catch up. Atlanta did have a bases-loaded, no-out situation off Brian Barnes (5-5) in the sixth, but settled for only one run on Brian Hunter's sacrifice fly when Kent Bottenfield retired three batters in a row. ,. Pirates 9, Giants 3 At Three Rivers Stadium, Orlando Merced drove in five runs as Pittsburgh continued to match Montreal win for win. Ford Crown Victoria, J ii JUST ARRIVED V 3 By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) Jose Rijo and Cincinnati Reds man-J'ager Lou Piniella had an ani- mated 10-minute meeting on i the field Thursday to try to I straighten out an apparent misunderstanding that had the pitcher angry. Rijo arrived at the ballpark Cupset after reading Piniella's explanation of a pitching . change during the Reds' 7-3 t loss the previous night to Montreal. Rijo thought Pin-iella was being critical when Jie told reporters that the pitcher couldn't go beyond the seventh inning because of a -stiff elbow, forcing him to "make a pitching change. The Reds' overworked bull-pen gave up five runs in the f.last two innings for the team's seventh straight loss. Piniella sought out Rijo during batting practice Thursday and told him he wasn't placing blame. Piniella frequently gestured with his arms to under-fscore his points during their Jtalk. Rijo was calmer afterwards, which has effectively made him a seven-inning pitcher. He has just two complete games, both before the arm problems. Rijo and Piniella agreed on ; one thing: the team's losing streak is magnifying frustrations. "I think when you start losing, a lot of things become issues," Piniella said. "When you win, they're non-issues. Since Tm in charge, they all come to roost on my desk." Tm not happy with the situation Tm in. We're losing every day. When you lose, you're riot happy," Rijo said. This team made me a winner in 1990. I can't live with losing every day now." Bad Throw Steve Foster has come up with the Reds' most unusual injury of 1992. He hurt his pitching shoulder while moving his equipment The reliever strained his right shoulder when the threw a heavy bag of equipment into his truck. Foster said Thursday that doctors have diag- "Stranger things have happened," O'Neill said. "I know when we were in their position nosed it as a strain. 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