Phillies 2, Reds 1
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Curt Schilling stopped Barry Larkin’s streak of reaching base at 13 _ one shy of the NL record _ and pitched a complete game as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 Tuesday night.
Rob Butler had an RBI single and Rico Brogna homered off rookie Brett Tomko (0-1) as the Phillies ended Cincinnati’s longest winning streak of the season at four games. Cincinnati came away with the worst record in the major leagues (18-32), one game worse than Philadelphia.
Schilling (7-4) rebounded from his shortest start in four years by pitching a six-hitter and striking out 11 during his third complete game in 12 starts. He retired 15 consecutive batters through the seventh inning.
The right-hander lasted only 2 2-3 innings last Thursday, when he gave up nine runs to the New York Mets.
Schilling also took care of the game’s main subplot by figuring out how to retire Larkin.
The shortstop singled in the first inning, the 13th consecutive time he reached base over the last four games. Pedro Guerrero set the National League record by reaching 14 consecutive times in 1985.
Larkin went to a full count in his next at-bat in the third inning, fouled off three pitches and then hit a routine fly to right, leaving him one shy of the mark.
The American League record is 16 by Ted Williams in 1957. Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox reached in 15 consecutive appearances last week.
Tomko, 24, gave up five hits and two runs over six innings in his major-league debut. The right-hander allowed a double by Mike Lieverthal and Butler’s single in the second inning. Brogna hit his eighth homer in the fourth for a 2-1 lead.
Left fielder Curtis Goodwin threw Mickey Morandini out at the plate as he tried to score from third on Brogna’s fly ball in the eighth.
Schilling faced the Reds one other time this season, when he wound up with his second-shortest appearance of the season. Cincinnati scored six runs in four innings of a 10-2 victory April 26.
After that game, Schilling complained about Deion Sanders stealing bases and dancing off base with the Reds comfortably ahead. Sanders had a single and a triple Tuesday and scored on Hal Morris’ groundout. Schilling picked him off second base in the first inning.
Notes: Lieberthal threw out Mike Kelly as he tried to steal second base in the second inning. Lieberthal has nabbed five of the last nine runners who tried to steal on him. ... A ballboy picked up Morandini’s grounder past first base when it reached the Reds’ bullpen, resulting in a ground-rule double in the eighth. ... Sanders was given permission to miss the game to attend to personal matters, but showed up in time for pregame warmups and was a last-minute addition to the lineup. He is the only Red to play in all 50 games. ... Reds manager Ray Knight rearranged his coaches’ duties Tuesday. First base coach Ken Griffey becomes the bench coach and batting coach. Knight will continue to coach third base.