Reds 6, Expos 3
Reds 6, Expos 3
Sep. 19, 1997
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Willie Greene broke out of a season-long slump against Montreal with three hits and Lenny Harris had a two-run infield single as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Expos 6-3 Thursday night.
Greene, only 1-for-21 against Montreal heading into the game, doubled and scored during a three-run third inning and singled home a run in the seventh.
The Expos matched their season high with four errors as they lost for the fifth time in six games. It was their sloppiest game since a four-error effort on April 12.
Scott Sullivan (3-3) got the victory with a career-high four innings in relief of Pete Schourek, limited to four innings by a tender elbow. Jeff Shaw pitched the ninth for his NL-leading 39th save.
Dustin Hermanson (8-6), making his first start since he strained a back muscle on Aug. 27, wound up with his first loss since July 20. He gave up nine hits and four runs _ three earned _ in six innings.
Hermanson let a 1-0 lead slip away in the second, when Jon Nunnally hit a one-out double _ the Reds' first extra-base hit in 22 2-3 innings _ and scored on Chris Stynes' single. Greene followed with a double and Harris hit a grounder up the middle, then beat shortstop Mark Grudzielanek's throw to first for an infield hit as both runners scored.
Schourek, pitching with elbow spurs that will require surgery after the season, gave up five hits and a pair of runs over four innings. Mike Lansing doubled home a run in the third and Chris Widger doubled and scored on Doug Strange's single in the fourth.
Rondell White, who is 10-for-16 lifetime off Schourek, flied out to the wall in right field with the bases loaded in the third inning, when the Expos had to settle for one run.
Greene added a check-swing RBI single in the seventh off Steve Kline. David Segui hit a solo homer, his 19th, off Sullivan to cut it to 5-3 in the eighth, but Eddie Taubensee had a pinch-hit, RBI single off Dave Veres in the eighth.
Pete Rose Jr. pinch hit and struck out in the fourth. Rose, the son of baseball's career hits leader, is 2-for-10 with six strikeouts during his September call-up.
Notes: The Expos had three doubles, pushing their NL-leading total to 321. ... Lansing had two of the doubles, padding his club record for second basemen to 45. ... Segui's homer extended his hitting streak to eight games. ... Reds closer Jeff Brantley made 100 throws before the game and called his progress ``a miracle.'' Doctors repaired a tear in the back of the shoulder and cleaned it out on June 11. He expects to be at full strength by the end of October. ... Joe Oliver singled in the eighth inning, ending an 0-for-23 skid.