CINCINNATI (AP) -- Eric Gagne was stunned, then enraged.
Ejected for hitting Adam Dunn in the ninth inning of a close
game Thursday, the Dodgers closer lost his cool, kicked his glove
and threw his cap. Two hours later, Los Angeles was seething over a
Gagne's ejection opened the way for Cincinnati's four-run
comeback and Ken Griffey Jr. hit a two-run homer in the 13th for a
"I don't know what to say, really, except that was the grossest
error in judgment in quite possibly the history of the game,'' said
Dodgers manager Jim Tracy, who also was ejected by plate umpire Dan
Until the ejection, there was little drama on a searing
Odalis Perez allowed only two hits through seven innings, and
Gagne was three outs from finishing a 4-0 win. He gave up the Aaron
Boone's two-run homer, ending the shutout and setting the stage for
a 33-minute half-inning.
The next pitch was a fastball that glanced off the back of
Dunn's left arm. Iassogna, who had not given any warnings during
the game, immediately pulled off his mask and ejected Gagne.
Gagne vainly argued that he would never purposely hit Dunn and
bring the tying run to the plate.
"Everybody knew it was unintentional,'' Gagne said. "You don't
bring the tying run up. Where's he been? Has he been umpiring
before? It's like it was his first game or something.''
Iassogna said he was following baseball's directive.
"One of the things that major league baseball put emphasis on
is situations where a hitter is intentionally throwing at a batter,
and the particular emphasis comes after a home run,'' Iassogna
said. "Gagne threw a fastball shoulder-high right at Dunn, who's
the next batter. It was the next pitch after a home run, so I
immediately ejected him.''
Third baseman Adrian Beltre and manager Jim Tracy wrestled Gagne
away after he went chest-to-chest with the umpire. Gagne, second in
the NL with 35 saves, kicked his glove to the dugout railing and
threw his cap before leaving.
Iassogna said there was no physical contact. Gagne could be
disciplined by baseball for the outburst.
"They'd better not, because it's going to get out of control
again,'' he said.
Dunn simply stood at first, watching everything unfold.
"It was just one of those things where the ump thought it was
intentional,'' Dunn said. "I didn't. He didn't want to hit me in
that situation. Plus, I know him. I know how he thinks.''
It then became a game of attrition, with the Reds using pitcher
Jimmy Haynes as a pinch-hitter in the 11th. He flied out to the
warning track in center.
Left-hander Omar Daal (8-6), who had been scheduled to start on
Friday against Philadelphia, relieved in the 12th and started the
winning rally by walking Dunn to lead off the 13th. One out later,
Griffey hit his fourth homer, into the second deck in right field.
Scott Williamson (3-3) pitched out of a two-on threat in the
12th, going two innings to get the win.
In what could be a costly setback to the Reds, Elmer Dessens -- their best starter -- had to leave after four innings because of a
Dessens will be re-examined in two days, when the Reds will
decide whether to plan for a missed start. The right-hander's 2.67
ERA is second in the NL to Greg Maddux.
Perez walked two and struck out five, throwing 95 pitches on a
90-degree afternoon before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the
Beltre, the Dodgers' hottest hitter, doubled home their first
run in the fourth inning. Beltre leads the Dodgers with 19 RBIs
since the All-Star break.
Hansen led off the eighth with his second homer off Danny
Graves, continuing the Dodgers' excellence off the bench. The
Dodgers lead the NL in pinch-hit average.
Roberts hit his two-run triple off Gabe White in the ninth,
making it 4-0 and sending most of the 27,950 fans for the exits.
The Dodgers came away from their last scheduled series at
Cinergy Field with a distinction -- the only NL visiting team with a
winning record there. The Dodgers are 123-118 at the stadium, which
opened in 1970 and is scheduled for demolition after the season.
... Hansen has 14 career pinch homers. ... Reds RF Austin Kearns
extended his hitting streak to nine games. ... Since leading the NL
Central by five games on May 18, the Reds have gone 30-35. ...
Griffey, who hasn't fully recovered from a strained hamstring, was
out of the starting lineup as a precaution. He pinch hit in the
ninth and got three at-bats.