Sunday, August 25, 2002
Dunn shakes slump
The Associated Press
HOUSTON It didn't matter to Adam Dunn that he was playing in his hometown Saturday. I didn't care if I was in Saudi Arabia, he said. I didn't care where I was. I just had to get out of that slump.
Adam Dunn is greeted at home plate by teammates Austin Kearns (28) and Sean Casey after hitting a game-winning two-run homer in the 11th inning Saturday.
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Dunn, in 3-for-41 slump, hit a two-run homer off Tom Gordon in the 11th inning as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros 5-3 to end a five-game losing streak.
Dunn didn't start Friday, entering in the sixth inning. He went 1-for-5 Saturday.
I felt as good as I have all year today, he said. I was seeing the ball good. It was the first time in two months that I felt good. Hopefully, those six innings off yesterday helped me. I was starting to swing at pitches I don't normally swing at. Today I was just more relaxed.
Manager Bob Boone could tell the difference.
I think that six innings off did help him, he said. He was calmer yesterday and today so, hopefully, he'll be all right. Dunn is an outstanding player. He has a ceiling over the moon.
Gordon (1-2) was making his second appearance since he was acquired Thursday for the Chicago Cubs.
I don't know Dunn that well, Gordon said. I think I've only faced him once or twice. I thought I made a good pitch. But good hitters are never going to stay down for long.
Manager Jimy Williams wouldn't fault Gordon.
It was a tough game, Williams said. We pitched well but they pitched better when they had to.
Austin Kearns, who had a three-run homer in the first inning, singled with two outs in the 11th before Dunn followed with his first home run since Aug. 8 at Colorado.
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