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Page 20 — Friday, September 19, 2003 SPORTS jhthiana <Sa«tte Wells and Co. shut out Reds PITTSBURGH (AP) — Only a few people showed up to see a late-season game between the Pirates and Reds, two teams well out of playoff contention. Those who did nearly saw a perfect game. . Pittsburgh right-hander Kip Wells retired the first 17 batters and combined with Brian Meadows on a three-hitter, leading the Pirates to a 7-0 victoryThursday. The game was moved from 7:05 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather related to- Hurricane Isabel While the announced attendance was 10,390, it appeared only a few thousand were on hand. "It was different, but it was kind of fun," Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson said. "You got to hear what a lot of people had to say, a lot of opinions." Wells (9-8) didn't allow a hit until two outs in the sixth, when Cincinnati reliever Scott Randall {2-3} singled to right on an 0-1 pitch. It was Randall's first major- league at-bat. He hit near .300 with the Reds' Triple-A farm team in Louisville but wasn't the most confident hitter against Wells. "That ball wasn't smoked by any means," Randall said. Wells was going against a watered-down Reds lineup that was without first baseman Sean Casey and center fielder Ryan Freel. That's why Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon figured Wells had a good shot at the no-hitter. "It certainly crossed my mind," McClendon said. "That's how well he was pitching. He really did an outstanding job. He had real good command. He was very aggressive, and he shut them down." Wells was glad the game time was moved up. "I got into a good rhythm early on and really fed off that," he said. "I tried to work fast and throw strikes. I think the time change worked to my advantage. I think the hitters were a little off early. I tried to exploit that." Wells allowed two hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked two. He had been 0-3 against the Reds. He threw only 93 pitches but was removed from the game because of soreness in the ball of his right foot. "He certainly would have stayed in the game (if the no-hitter was alive), but I didn't want to push him," McClendon said. Wells has won four of his past five starts and has established himself as the Pirates' clear-cut No. 1 pitcher. "He's just been very effective," ' McClendon said. "He's gone out and executed his pitches." Pittsburgh won three of four in the series, and improved to 37-40 at home. The Pirates have a chance for. their first winning record at PNC Park, which opened in 2001. Four home games remain on the schedule, starting today with a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs. Reds starter John Bale left after he strained his right hamstring running out a grounder in the top of the third. Randall came in and pitched 3 1-3 innings, giving up four runs and five hits. Pittsburgh took a 4-0 lead in the sixth when Randall threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded, intentionally walked Craig Wilson, forced in a run with a walk to pinch-hitter Rob Mackowiak, then allowed a two-run single to pinch-hitter Matt Stairs. The Pirates defeated Cincinnati 11 times in 16 games this season, the first time they've beaten the Reds 11 times in a season since 1961. "Sometimes you just match up better with some teams than others," McClendon said. NOTES: The Pirates opened the season 8-21 in their first 29 home games but are 29-19 at PNC Park since then. ... Casey had the day off. ... The Pirates didn't get a hit until Tike Redman singled to lead off the fourth. Redman extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Bale was scheduled to fly to Cincinnati, instead of accompanying his team to Philadelphia, so that he could get his hamstring checked Friday. ... The Pirates have pitched 10 shutouts, and the Reds have been blanked eight times. Rockies suffer Coors shutout By The Associated Press ML roundup The race for the Wild Card AMERICAN Boston 89-63 Seattle 87-66 Through games of Sept. 18 The Colorado Rockies can begin another streak in their next game — if they score a run. For more than four years, they could count on the thin air and wide-open spaces at Coors Field to help them score at least one. Not Thursday night, when the Rockies were shut out for the Erst time in 362 games. Wade Miller, Octavio Dotel and Mike Gallo combined on a three- hitter as Houston won 6-0. Jeff Bagwell homered and drove in three runs as the Astros moved a game ahead of the idle Cubs in the NL Central. "You've got to give their pitchers some credit," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had shots in the first, the third and the seventh and we weren't able to convert. Opportunities against good pitchers don't come around very often." The last time the Rockies were shut out at home was when San Diego's Andy Ashby pitched a six-hitter on July 4,1999. Before Colorado, the post-1900 record was held by the New York Yankees. They scored in 233 straight home games from 193033, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's statistician. "I wasn't aware of the streak," Miller said. "They told me afterward. Sure, it's nice. But the thing is, we needed a win here to go back up by a game over Chicago. We have only 10 games left now, so every one is important." The Astros jumped out to a three-run lead in the first, on RBI singles off Jose Jimenez by Lance Berkman and Brad Ausmus. "It was very critical for us to win the series," Bagwell said. "The last couple of weeks we've been talking about just winning each series we play. If we win all of our series and we don't win the division, then we didn't deserve it." Miller (14-12) gave up hits to Todd Helton and Jay Payton before he walked two straight with one out in the seventh'rMiller walked five and struck out seven. Dotel came on to get pinch- hitter Mark Sweeney on a double-play grounder and Gallo pitched a perfect ninth. AP "We've been able to put up at least a run at home every night, some way, somehow," Hurdle said. "We don't have to worry about that now, do we?" Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 0 At Los Angeles, Eric Gagne nearly blew a save, but instead got his first two-inning save of the season when the potential tying run .was thrown out at the plate on Steve Finley's double. He combined with Wilson Alvarez (6-1) on a seven-hitter, and Robin Ventura homered. The Dodgers are 2% games behind Florida in the NL wild-card race. It was Gagne's 52nd consecutive save this season, and his major league-record 60th in a row dating to Aug. 28,2002. Phillies 5, Marlins 4 At Philadelphia, the Phillies rallied against Dontrelle Willis and beat Florida behind Jim Thome's tiebreaking homer in the eighth. The Phillies pulled within a haif r game of the Marlins for the NL wild-card lead. The win also clinched the NL East for Atlanta, the Braves' 12th straight division title. NATIONAL - Florida 84 : 68 2 1/2 Philadelphia 84-69 1/2 Chicago 82-70 2 Los Angeles 81-70 21/2 Padres 7.Giants 3 At San Francisco, Gary Matthews Jr. hit a two-run double and San Diego avoided a four-game sweep by San Francisco with a win over a Giants lineup of all reserves. The Giants clinched the NL West title Wednesday night arid manager Felipe Alou gave all of his regulars a day of rest. Cardinals 13, Brewers 0 At St. Louis, Edgar Renteria had four hits and five RBIs, and Woody Williams rebounded from his worst start of the year to combine on a three-hitter. The Cardinals won three of four against the Brewers but remained five games behind Houston, the NL Central leader, with eight games to go. Expos 1, Mets 0 At New York, Javier Vazquez struck out 12, and Todd Zeile homered for Montreal. Vazquez (13-11) allowed three hits in seven innings, outpitch- ing Steve Trachsel to help the Expos retain their slim mathematical chance at the NL wild card. Twins complete sweep of Sox By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer All the Minnesota Twins must do to win the AL Central is beat up on the lowly Detroit Tigers. They already know how to do that. Jacque Jones hit a pair of two- run homers off Bartolo Colon, helping Minnesota complete a pivotal three-game sweep of the visiting Chicago White Sox with a 5-3 victoryThursday night. The Twins increased their division lead to 3V2 games with nine to play. Seven of those are against Detroit, which is on pace to set the post-1900 record for most losses in a season and has lost 11 of 12 games to Minnesota this season. "We can't afford to let down," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We have to come back with the same enthusiasm." After losing two straight in Chicago last week and falling two games back, the Twins won five in a row against the White Sox in a span of eight days. The defending AL Central AL roundup champions have won six straight overall and eight of nine. And with all those games left against the Tigers (38-114), the race seems practically over. "There's still time left," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "But we've got to run the table." Chicago plays seven games against Kansas City, which is 4Vz out, and three against the Yankees. Kyle Lohse (14-11) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings for the win, leaving to a standing ovation from the crowd of 39,948. J.C. Romero got the last out in the seventh, LaTroy Hawkins pitched the eighth and Eddie Guardado die- ninth for his 38th save in 41 tries. Indiana's Michael Ryan started in right field for the Twins and went l-for-3 with a run scored. Red Sox 4, Devil Rays 3 At Boston, Manny Ramirez hit his 35th homer and Tim Wakefield (11-7) allowed three runs — one earned — in 8 1-3 innings as the Red S'ox increased their wildcard lead to 2V4 games over Seattle. Byung-Hyun Kim allowed a run-scoring groundout to Carl Crawford in the ninth, then retired Rocco Baldelli for his 14th save. Rangers 2, Mariners 1 At Arlington, Texas, Laynce Nix blooped an RBI single in the 10th off Shigetoshi Hasegawa (2-3) after a leadoff double by Alex Rodriguez, sending the Mariners to their fourth loss in, five games. Francisco Cordero (5-7) struck out four in two innings. Yankees 1, Orioles 1 At Baltimore, a steady rain and the imminent arrival of winds up to 35 mph caused the game to be stopped after five innings. Umpires called it after a 44-minute wait. New York, closing in on its sixth straight AL East title, leads second-place Boston by five games with 10 to play. Jason Giambi hit an RBI double in the third, but Luis Matos had a run-scoring single in the bottom half off Mike Mussina, who was trying for his 200th win. Royals 3, Indians 2 At Cleveland, Jose Lima (8-1) came off die disabled list and allowed two runs in five innings for his first win since July 27. Curtis Leskanic pitched the ninth for his second save. C.C. Sabathia (13-9) gave up three runs in seven innings. Tigers 10, Blue Jays 6 At Detroit, the Tigers lost their. 114th game, the fifth-highest total in major league history, and Mike Maroth became the first pitcher in 29 years to lose 21 games. Detroit, which has lost six straight, was swept in a series for the 20th time this season. The Tigers must at least split their remaining 10 games to avoid tying the post-1900 record of 120 losses, set by die 1962 Mets. Maroth (7-21) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. Cowher, Lewis renew rivalry By ALAN ROBINSON AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — Bill Cowher and Marvin Lewis met at a high school football camp at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the mid 1970s. Their initial conversation was not exactly chummy. They played at rival Pittsburgh- area schools, Cowher at Carlyn- ton and Lewis at Fort Cherry, that were to meet that season. Not unexpectedly, each was looking to establish an early edge. "It's a pretty good rivalry," Cowher said. "I remember we had about six guys go up to the camp and they had six guys up there. There was some trash talking done at that camp about the game we were going to play." Nearly 30 years later, Cowher still remembers losing to Fort Cherry, 6-0 on a kickoff return touchdown. Barely 10 years after playing in that game, Cowher was a special teams coach in the NFL "How ironic is that?" said Cowher, who insists he wasn't on the kickoff coverage team. Perhaps no more so than the fact the one-time high schools rival will again be on opposing sidelines Sunday as NFL head coaches, Cowher for his hometown Steelers (1-1) and Lewis for the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2). And while they're still competing against each other, Lewis realizes he might not be where he is today if it weren't for that former Carlynton linebacker named Cowher. Lewis also was helped early in his career by Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer, another former Fort Cherry player. Now, Lewis finds himself coaching against both Cowher and Schot- tenheimer this season. As Cowher would say, how ironic is that? "They were mentors of mine," Lewis said. "Marty and then Bill — people I have looked up to, and J am appreciative of them. They have helped me get where I am today." Lewis was a 34-year-old Pitt assistant ' coach when Cowher hired him as the linebackers coach on his first Steelers staff in 1992. Lewis left three years later to become Baltimore's defensive coordinator, and he helped assemble and develop the defense that led the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory three years ago. "When I got the job here, he was one of the first guys I contacted," Cowher said. "He has always had a great passion for the game. He was always real good working with the players." Lewis was about the same age as some of the. Steelers linebackers he coached: Greg Lloyd, Hardy Nickerson, David Little, Bryan Hinkle. But Cowher recognized immediately that Lewis commanded the respect of his players. Apparently, he still does. "He's gone down there with the attitude that we can be a good team if you believe in me, and I think they're starting to believe in him," Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon said. "He understands the game and his players enjoy playing for him," Cowher said. "Even though they are 0-2, they have gotten a lot better from Week 1 to Week 2. You can see... the renewed energy they have down there." Coincidentally or not, Lewis now has a chance to get his first NFL head coaching victory against the first coach to give him an NFL job. "This is a big game because it is a divisional game," Lewis said. "It would be no more significant winning against Bill Cowher or the Steelers. or winning against Baltimore or Cleveland. Our football team has worked extremely hard, and I want them to get a win." • Pirates pitcher Kip Wells fielded a pop up during Thursday's game at PNC Park. (AP photo) Curve to open April 8 From Staff Reports ALTOONA—A season-opening seven-game homestand along with home dates on Memorial Day and Independence Day highlight the Altoona Curve's 2004 schedule, announced Thursday. The Curve open the regular season on Thursday, April 8, when they play host to the Portland Sea Dogs in a four- game series. Altoona will then face the Norwich Navigators in. three games at Blair County Ballpark, April 12-14. For more information, log on to www.altoonacurve.com Two unknowns share 84 lead By ALAN ROBINSON AP Sports Writer FARMINGTON — The weather was bad, the forecast is even worse. So, naturally, two players enduring mostly terrible years played near-perfect rounds at the rain-splattered 84 Lumber Classic. Gavin Coles and Donnie Hammond don't have a single top-20 finish between them this year, yet shot 7-under 65s Thursday to share the first-round lead as scores were much better than the wet, breezy conditions. A leaderboard filled with mostly unknowns looked more like one from the developmental Nationwide Tour than the PGA Tour. One stroke back were Brent Schwarzrock, Grant Waite and Michael Clark II, all of whom are No. 186 or below on the tour money list. Lee Janzen, one of the few recognizable names close to the lead, was among a large group at 5-under 67. Mark O'Meara and Rocco Mediate were among those at 68 and British Open champion Ben Curtis was in a group at 69. As the leading edge of Isabel approached the mountaintop Nemacolin Woodlands resort, a steady rain began falling and the winds picked up in the early afternoon, but scores did not drop substantially. The 7,726-yard Mystic Rock course's wide and inviting fairways swallowed up accurate and errant tee shots alike, creating plenty of birdie opportunities on the undulating but forgiving greens. "Yeah, you could throw it pretty much right at the pin .with a 5- iron, maybe a 6-iron," Hammond said. "It makes it easier to get to the pin; the greens are real- ly slow out there.Tt would be a lot more difficult if they were harder." With nearly all the big names missing — only one of the top 20 and 12 of the top 50 tour money- winners are playing—many low on the money list are trying to take advantage and make a significant move. Coles, for example, is 228th on the list at $38,330 and hasn't finished higher than 63rd on the tour this year; Hammond is 167th and has a season's best finish of 23rd. "I've been playing so badly," Coles said. "Seven birdies, no bogeys, that's quite unusual. My rounds usually have a few bogeys in them." Coles made three birdie putts of 20 feet or longer, highlighted by a 45-footer on the 183-yard, par-3 17th. "That's the thing that's been getting me — making just one of two birdies in a round," he said. "You're not going to compete out here doing that. You have to go out there and make seven birdies to compete with these guys." The 34-year-old Coles is trying to play off the recent success Australian golfers have enjoyed in Pennsylvania. Nick Flanagan, also from New South Wales, was a surprise winner of the U.S. Amateur at Oakmont last month. Robert Allenby won the 84 Lumber Classic's predecessor, the Pennsylvania Classic, in 2001. The 46-year-old Hammond, who first joined the tour 20 years ago, is trying to. emulate last year's Pennsylvania Classic . champion, Dan Forsman, who was 44 at the time. Eight winners on the PGA Tour this year have been 40 orover, including Vijay Singh, last weekend's John Deere Classic champion. Mercyhurst set for big challenge By The Associated Press When Mercyhurst football coach Marty Schaetzle looks at Saginaw Valley State, he sees a program his Lakers want to emulate. "Saginaw Valley State is where we want to be," said Schaetzle, referring to the Cardinals' No. 6 ranking in the coaches' NCAA Division II poll. "They have one of the top programs in the country." After posting a 2-9 record in his debut season at Mercyhurst, Schaetzle has led the Lakers to their first 2-0 start since 1992. Schaetzle will find out Saturday whether his squad is ready to take a step up in competition as the Lakers (2-0,1-0) travel to Saginaw Valley State {2-0, 1-0) for a Great Lakes Conference game. "Saginaw Valley State could have the most talented team in the conference," Schaetzle. "They have as good a group coming back as any team in the conference. Beating a quality team like Saginaw Valley State would be a great boost for our program." Mercyhurst is led by quarterback Jeff Nowling, a redshirt freshman who has thrown for 421 yards and four touchdowns in two games. "Jeff has shown great poise in Western Pa. roundup the pocket," Schaetzle said. "He learned a lot last year, just from being at practice, even though he didn't play. He's played very well thus far." Duquesne (1-1) also plays up when it travels cross-state to face Pennsylvania (0-0). The Dukes haven't played a team with such a high profile since they quit playing big-time football nearly 60 years ago. The Quakers are a strong favorite to win a second consecutive Ivy League title and are No. 23 in Division I-AA. Duquesne is ranked second among I-AA non- scholarship schools. The Quakers operate with a significantly larger budget and have eight full-time coaches compared to two for Duquesne. "We've always stretched our program," Duquesne coach Greg Gattuso said. "I enjoy coaching in games where there's desperation, where you're the underdog. I like the story line. It's a plus for us no matter what the score is." Slippery Rock (0-2), off to its worst start since going .4-6-1 in 1990 and a surprise loser last. week to Gannon, travels to Fairmont State (1-1). The Rockets started 0-3 in 1990. • IT"

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