Sunday, July 22, 2001

Reds 8, Marlins 4

Davis allows 6 hits, no walks to end 4-game slide

By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIAMI — Lance Davis, stopper? That has been the case this week for the Reds and their left-handed rookie.

Ken Griffey Jr. was a HR short of a cycle.
(AP photos)
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        Following his complete-game victory over Detroit last Monday, which happened to be the Reds' final display of competence before they began a four-game losing streak, Davis stifled the Florida Marlins for 6 2/3 innings Saturday night to pace Cincinnati to an 8-4 triumph.

        Rain delayed the game's start for one hour and 11 minutes, but that didn't hamper Davis (3-1), who allowed six hits and walked none.

        “He has the same demeanor as (Chris) Reitsma — he's really calm. Nothing really rattles him,” Reds first baseman Sean Casey said of Davis. “Even when he had bad outings earlier in the year, you never really knew it.”

        Davis, who threw 57 strikes in 87 pitches, maintained a simple approach.

        “I changed speeds, kept their hitters honest and hit my spots,” he said. “I played six years in the minors. This game's finally paying off for me.”

Pokey Reese leaps over Mike Lowell to complete a DP.
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        Davis received ample support from Ken Griffey Jr. and Casey, the Reds' third and fourth hitters who went a combined 0-for-8 in Friday's series opener.

        Lacking only a home run to hit for the cycle, Griffey went 3-for-5 and scored three runs. He saved his most electrifying — and daring — moment for the Reds' five-run eighth inning, when he hit a drive into the left-field corner and ignored his balky left hamstring while hustling out a triple.

        Asked if his heart was in his throat as he watched Griffey churn toward third, Reds manager Bob Boone said: “A bit. But he was moving pretty well.”

        Casey had three RBI and was 3-for-4, ending a 2-for-24 skid. He and Griffey had all their hits off Marlins starter Brad Penny (7-4), who struck out 10 in 7 1/3 innings.

        “There were times I had oh-for games and hit the ball pretty well,” Casey said. “But it felt good to get hits.”

        Adam Dunn continued settling in as a major-leaguer, celebrating his second game in the majors with a two-run single in the Reds' big eighth. He went 1-for-4.

        Their contributions obscured two two-run homers by Florida's Cliff Floyd.

        The Reds scored twice in the first inning.

        Dunn drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch, and Griffey doubled off the top of the left-field scoreboard to move Dunn to third. Dunn and Griffey scored as Casey singled to right on Penny's 0-1 pitch.

        A two-out rally in the third inning increased the Reds' lead to 3-0. Griffey singled and dashed to third base on Casey's second single. Aaron Boone then hit a grounder to third baseman Mike Lowell, who uncorked a one-hop throw to first base. Griffey scored on the error.

        Florida cut the lead to a run in the fourth. Floyd followed Luis Castillo's single with his first homer of the game.

        The Marlins didn't seriously threaten Davis again until the seventh, his final inning.

        With two outs, Derrek Lee and Mike Redmond singled. But Sullivan relieved Davis and struck out pinch hitter John Mabry on three pitches.

        Cincinnati settled matters in the eighth, which Griffey christened with his triple. Casey then drove in Griffey with a bouncer up the middle.

        Aaron Boone singled and advanced along with pinch runner Ruben Rivera on a wild pitch. Johnny Ruffin relieved Penny with one out and hit Kelly Stinnett to load the bases. Pokey Reese's walk forced in Rivera. Pinch hitter D.T. Cromer hit a potential double-play grounder to first base, but Redmond, Florida's catcher, dropped Lee's simple relay as Boone scored and the bases remained filled.

        After Todd Walker struck out, Dunn hit a sharp grounder off second baseman Castillo's glove.


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