Originally created 05/19/00

Reds top Pirates in 10 innings



CINCINNATI -- Alex Ochoa's RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Reds a 4-3 victory Thursday over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Reds improved to 5-0 in extra-inning games and kept up their recent surge, now nine wins in the last 11 games.

Sean Casey led off the 10th with a single off Mike Garcia (0-2). Dante Bichette, pulled from the starting lineup all three games of the series, singled to right one out later and Benito Santiago was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Ochoa took two balls before slicing a drive to right-center that bounced over the wall.

Danny Graves (6-0), hit hard in the Pirates' 9-6 win Wednesday, pitched a perfect 10th for the win.

Cincinnati's Scott Williamson pitched out of a two-on, none out threat in the eighth, and Pittsburgh's Jose Silva got Dmitri Young on a called third strike with runners at second and third to end the ninth.

Both starters threw a lot of pitches and gave up a lot of hits in the first few innings, setting the stage for the game to come down to the bullpens.

Pittsburgh's Jason Schmidt and Cincinnati's Osvaldo Fernandez threw a combined 62 pitches in the first inning, which lasted 34 minutes. In the first two innings, 13 of the 24 batters reached -- nine on hits, four on walks, all of which took an hour.

John Vander Wal doubled home a run and scored on Brian Giles' single to make it 2-0 in the first. Schmidt gave up Young's RBI single and a run-producing double-play grounder by Aaron Boone as the Reds tied it in the bottom of the inning.

Schmidt added to his problems in the second, when the Pirates got the first two runners aboard and Schmidt bunted into a double play. Adrian Brown's single made it 3-2 as the Pirates had to settle for only one run on four hits in the inning.

Young doubled, Boone was hit by a pitch and Benito Santiago singled up the middle with two outs to tie it at 3 in the third inning. It was still 3-3 when both starters left after six.

ASTROS-BREWERS POSTPONED:

In Milwaukee, the doubleheader between Houston and the Brewers was postponed by rain. The doubleheader will be made up Monday, originally an off day for both teams.

DODGERS-CUBS POSTPONED:

In Chicago, rain postponed the game between Los Angeles and the Cubs. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 25.

AROUND THE MAJORS: The Mets activated right-hander Bobby J. Jones from the disabled list and optioned lefty Bill Pulsipher to Class AAA Norfolk. ... Right-handed reliever Dan Kolb was recalled from Oklahoma by the Rangers, who optioned left-handed starter Doug Davis to their Triple-A team. ... The Orioles activated first baseman Will Clark from the DL and optioned reserve infielder Ryan Minor to Class AAA Rochester.