CINCINNATI (AP) -- Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon always
thought Jose Guillen could be productive.
Guillen hit a grand slam and drove in career high-tying five
runs against his former team, leading the Cincinnati Reds past the
Pirates 9-8 Monday night. The announced attendance of 13,434 was Cincinnati's smallest
home crowd of the season. Guillen was a highly regarded prospect in the Pirates' system.
But he couldn't quite live up to that hype, and they gave up on him
after the 1999 season. "It feels good to do that against my old team,'' Guillen said.
"I think it kind of shows them something.'' While Guillen was in Pittsburgh, McClendon was his batting
coach. "I've always thought Guillen had a lot of potential,''
McClendon said. "I was pleased with the way he had progressed at
that particular time, but as an organization, we made a decision to
move in another direction.'' Guillen's shot gave the Reds a team-record eight grand slams
this season. Guillen, who played three years for the Pirates, was with the
Arizona and Colorado systems this year before joining the Reds on
Aug. 27. His fourth career slam made it 9-3 in the sixth. Guillen hit his sixth homer of the year and second in two days,
connecting off reliever Al Reyes. Ryan Dempster (8-13) earned his first win in three decisions
since Aug. 10. He improved to 3-5 since being acquired by the Reds
from Florida on July 11. Scott Williamson got two outs for his first save since May 3,
2000. He walked Jason Kendall with the bases loaded before getting
Rob Mackowiak on a comebacker to end it. Williamson, the 1999 NL Rookie of the Year, missed virtually all
of the 2001 season after undergoing "Tommy John'' surgery. "I've worked myself out of jams lots of times,'' said
Williamson. "This was no different. It's been two years. I was
really pumped up. I felt the adrenaline. I let the fans pump me up
too much.'' Salomon Torres (1-1), who walked one in 8 1/3 shutout innings
against Atlanta in his last start, couldn't overcome control
problems. Torres issued three walks and hit two batters while giving up
five runs in just four innings. "It's part of the game,'' Torres said. "Against Atlanta, I was
able to get the ball down in the zone. Tonight, I wasn't able to
make my pitches. Maybe I was working too fast. I couldn't make the
adjustment or find my rhythm. That's why I only went four
innings.'' Brian Giles had an RBI single in the Pirates first and hit his
35th homer, a two-run shot, in the third. Jason LaRue homered for Cincinnati in the second. The Reds regained a 5-3 lead with three-run third inning. Todd
Walker hit an RBI single and Torres hit Aaron Boone and walked
Russell Branyan with the bases loaded.
Guillen's slam was his first since June 25, 2000, for Tampa
Bay. ... Walker batted third for the first time all season for the
Reds ... Giles' homer was his 12th against the Reds over the last
two seasons ... The Reds sent OF Brady Clark to the New York Mets
to complete the Aug. 15 deal in which they acquired LHP Shawn Estes
... Pittsburgh rookie RF J.J. Davis got his first major league hit,
an infield single in the seventh.