Sunday, May 28, 2000

Marlins 8, Reds 6

Williamson drops the ball in 10th

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Dante Bichette strikes out.
(Jeff Swinger photos)
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        The Reds rallied back twice only to lose 8-6 to the Florida Marlins in 10 innings Saturday night.

        The Reds have lost two straight extra-inning games after winning their first five.

        The Marlins scored two runs off Scott Williamson in the 10th to win it. Williamson, who gave up three walks and two singles before striking out the side, had allowed only two runs in his last 17 appearances and 30 1/3 innings. It was his first loss since April 18.

        The Reds remained one game behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. The Cardinals lost to the Mets 12-8 Saturday night.

        The Reds pitchers walked a season-high 11.

        “The relief pitchers have been outstanding,” Reds manager Jack McKeon said. “They're going to slip up every once in a while.”

Aaron Boone makes a lunging stop.
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        The Reds had come back from 5-1 and 6-5 deficits to force extra innings.

        “I thought we were out of the woods,” McKeon said. “They wanted them to give it to us ... ”

        The Reds used six pitchers and none of them pitched very well.

        Rob Bell failed to get out of fifth inning.

        “He looked like he wasn't in it for some reason,” McKeon said.

        A crowd of 38,744 came out on the night the Reds retired Tony Perez's No. 24. They saw a little of everything and a lot of rain.

Luis Castillo beats the throw home.
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        Marlins starter Brad Penny didn't allow a hit in 5 1/3 innings of work - well, he did, then he didn't.

        Dmitri Young hit a ball to first baseman Derrek Lee in the second. The ball went off Lee's glove. Second baseman Luis Castillo fielded the ball, but no one covered first base.

        Official scorer Glenn Sample initially ruled it a hit. But after reviewing the play during a sixth-inning rain delay, Sample changed the ruling.

        When the game was resumed after 45 minutes, Penny was pulled for Ricky Bones.

        The no-hitter ended when Bones allowed a hit to Dante Bichette, the second batter he faced.

        For the fifth straight game, the Reds fell behind.

        Bell allowed an infield single to Luis Castillo to start the game. An out later, Cliff Floyd hit his seventh home run of the year to make it 2-0.

        The Reds got a run back in the second but probably should have gotten more. Bichette walked and Young followed with an infield single that later became an error. Sean Casey walked to load the bases.

        But Aaron Boone struck out with a big swing.

        Benito Santiago got Bichette home with a sacrifice fly to right. Bell then bounced out to end the inning.

        Bell avoided further trouble until the fifth. Floyd greeted him with his second home run of the night. Preston Wilson followed with a moon shot to left that landed in the first row of the red seats — an estimated 436 feet from home plat. It was the 32nd red-seater in Cinergy/Riverfront history.

        That made it 4-1. Bell lasted one more batter. After Kevin Millar hit a ground-rule double, Bell's night was over.

        Elmer Dessens came on in relief and avoided further damage. The Marlins added a run off Dennys Reyes in the sixth.

        The Reds rallied right after the rain delay. Bones came in with the count 3-2 on Ken Griffey Jr. He walked Griffey. Bichette followed with the hit. Young singled to center to load the bases.

        Griffey scored when Floyd failed to make a diving catch on a ball Casey hit to shallow left.

        Boone popped out. Santiago followed a single to left that scored Bichette and Young to make it 5-4.

        Michael Tucker, pinch-hitting for Reyes, nearly put the Reds up, but Floyd made a leaping catch at the wall.

        The Reds tied in the seventh. Pokey Reese led off with a triple and scored on Barry Larkin's groundout.

        Manny Aybar walked Paul Bako to start the eighth. Danny Graves came on in relief. Graves walked Danny Bautista, then allowed an infield single by Castillo.

        Mark Kotsay grounded into a fielder's choice. Graves nearly got out of it when Floyd grounded to Larkin. But Floyd beat Reese's relay to first and Bautista scored to make it 6-5.

        The Reds tied it in the bottom of the eighth when Reese walked with the bases loaded.

        “We had a chance to break it open in the eighth,” McKeon said. “But we couldn't do it.”

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