Friday, March 21, 2003

Pirates 7, Reds 2



Enquirer staff and wire services

Kenny Lofton singled in his first at-bat with the Pittsburgh Pirates and later walked and scored a run Thursday during a 7-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Lofton, 35, agreed to $1,025,000, one-year contract last Friday. He had played in three minor league games before making his debut with the major league club.

"My legs aren't exactly where I want them to be, but it's normal," said Lofton, who had been working out on his own.

Lofton and the Pirates faced a lineup of minor league pitchers, and none of them batted. In an unusual move, the managers agreed to use the designated hitter in a NL game.

Shortstop Barry Larkin was hit on the inside of the right elbow by a pitch from Pittsburgh's Joe Beimel in the third inning and left the game as a precaution.

Larkin had a small welt in the muscle about an inch below the crook of the elbow. He missed a couple of games early in March after he was hit on the same elbow during a game against Cleveland.

He was squeezing a ball to work the affected forearm muscles after getting treatment. He said it was Boone's idea to take him out of the game.

"I got some tingling sensations once again," Larkin said. "You don't want to develop any problem with the ulnar nerve."

Salomon Torres, one of the candidates for the Pirates' fifth starter role, gave up six hits and two runs in five innings. Nobody on either team had more than one hit or drove in more than one run.

The Pirates beat the Reds for the first time in five meetings this spring.

The arms: The Reds used five pitchers, all of whom probably won't make the Opening Day roster. Manager Bob Boone didn't want to expose his regular pitchers to the Pirates because the Reds open the regular season against Pittsburgh.

Lance Davis and Jeff Austin each pitched two scoreless innings.

The bats: Seven Reds had one hit each. Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn each drove in a run.

The rest: It was hot (86 degrees) and windy, and the wind was blowing in. Some hard-hit shots became routine outs, and two routine outs became doubles when the wind blew the ball away from outfielders.

Up next: The Reds play the Phillies at home at 1:05 p.m. today. Danny Graves (0-1, 6.91 ERA) faces Kevin Millwood (1-1, 2.25).

PITTSBURGHCINCINNATI
abrhbiabrhbi
Lofton cf2110Larkin ss1100
Rdman cf3010Taylor rf-cf2000
Kendall c3110Boone 2b2010
CWilson c2000Castro ss1000
Giles lf3001Griffey cf3011
Hyzdu lf2110Darula lf0000
Rmirez 3b3111Agbyni ph-lf1000
Btista 3b1110Dunn lf3011
Snders rf3111Gllen lf-rf1010
Barnes rf0100Casey 1b3010
Yng 1b2000Grrero 3b1000
Shelton 1b1011Lopez 3b-ss-2b2000
Stairs dh2000Larson dh4010
Mckwk ph2001Pena rf-3b-1b4000
JWilson ss2011LaRue c3110
Nunez ss2010Miller c0000
Reese 2b3010
Doster 2b2000
Totals387116Totals31272
Pittsburgh002200030-7
Cincinnati002000000-2

E-Lopez 2. DP-Pittsburgh 2, Cincinnati 2. LOB-Pittsburgh 14, Cincinnati 6. 2B-Dunn, Griffey, Sanders, Kendall. SB-Reese (2). S-Boone.

IPHRERBBSO
Pittsburgh
Torres W, 1-1562212
Beimel1-300000
Herges2-300010
Reyes100000
Sauerbeck110000
Mahomes100001
Cincinnati
Davis220010
Williams112240
Watson L, 0-1232211
Austin220011
Randall233220

HBP-by Davis (Sanders), by Torres (Larkin).

T-2:48. A-4,582.




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