CINCINNATI (AP) _ Atlanta Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone fainted on the bench during the second inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night and was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Mazzone, 51, fainted as the inning ended, slid from the bench and landed on the dugout floor, team spokesman Glen Serra said. Mazzone suffered a scrape on the left side of his face and a bloody nose.

Players gathered around Mazzone as Dr. Joe Chandler and trainers talked to him and examined his face after the fainting spell. The game was delayed briefly before Mazzone got up and walked to the tunnel that leads to the clubhouse, the left side of his face bright red.

He appeared to be fine when he reached the clubhouse, Serra said.

``He was resting and talking in the clubhouse,'' he said.

Mazzone was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for a precautionary exam. It's the same hospital where Reds bench coach Ken Griffey Sr. was taken last Sunday, when he suffered chest pains during a game.

Tests found nothing wrong with Griffey's heart and he was released the next day.

Eight days ago, Reds pitching coach Don Gullett suffered chest pains during a game in New York and was taken to a hospital for tests that found nothing wrong with his heart.

Gullett rejoined the Reds on Monday for the start of a three-game series against the Braves.