Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Cincinnati leads 1-0 (as of 9/12)

Game 1: Thursday, September 12
Chicago 12Final
Cincinnati 15
Game 2: Friday, September 13
Chicago 7Final
Cincinnati 6
Game 3: Saturday, September 14
Chicago 1Final
Cincinnati 3
Game 4: Sunday, September 15
Chicago 6Final
Cincinnati 0

Cubs 12

(62-85, 28-44 away)

Reds 15

(72-74, 37-38 home)

    7:10 PM ET, September 12, 2002

    Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    CHC 510010230 12 - -
    CIN 13001424 - 15 - -

    W: J. Riedling (2-2)

    L: K. Farnsworth (3-6)

    S: S. Williamson (3)

    Walker drives in four runs as Reds rally to win

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- After making out in his first two at-bats, Todd Walker quickly reverted to his recent form.

    Todd Walker
    Walker

    Walker had hits in his final four at-bats and drove in four runs, including a tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth inning that propelled the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 15-12 Thursday night.

    Walker is 20-for-35 during an eight-game hitting streak.

    "Todd Walker's been our hottest guy for quite a while,'' manager Bob Boone said. "Everybody had a hand in this one.''

    Chicago outhit the Reds 22-17, the Cubs' most since collecting 24 against Houston on Aug. 20.

    The last major league team to get 22 hits and lose a nine-inning game was Oakland on April 27, 1980, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Athletics lost that game 20-11 at Minnesota.

    The last time Cincinnati allowed 22 hits in a game was in a 13-5 loss at Los Angeles on June 3, 1988.

    "It was kind of a weird night,'' Walker said. "We came out on top, so it's a good thing for us.''

    Trailing 12-11, Cincinnati tied it in the eighth on a wild pitch by Kyle Farnsworth (3-6) with a runner on third before Walker's bases-loaded double gave the Reds the lead.

    John Reidling (2-2) struck out the final batter in the eighth, and Scott Williamson got three outs for his third save.

    Reds starter Shawn Estes was pounded for six runs, five hits and two walks in one-plus inning, and reliever Joey Hamilton gave up five runs and seven hits in two innings. Chicago starter Steve Smyth allowed four runs and five hits in two innings.

    "Hamilton actually pitched well tonight,'' Boone said. "Some balls got through that normally would be caught.''

    Chicago took a 5-0 first-inning lead on RBI singles by Moises Alou and Kevin Orie and Mike Mahoney's three-run double.

    Aaron Boone hit an RBI double in the bottom half, but Corey Patterson hit a run-scoring single in the second that chased Estes. Cincinnati closed to 6-4 in the bottom half on homers by Russ Branyan and Wily Mo Pena -- the first of his career -- and Walker's RBI grounder.

    Bobby Hill had an RBI single in the fifth off Jose Hernandez, but Jose Guillen's homer off Pat Mahomes in the bottom half made it 7-5.

    Cincinnati went ahead in sixth against Will Cunnane on Guillen's two-run single and Ruben Mateo's two-run double, but Chicago tied it at 9 in the seventh on RBI singles by Hill and Alou.

    "We swung the bats pretty well,'' said Hill, who had four hits. "The situational hitting we did is something that we've been trying to do all year. It's been that kind of year for this team. When we get hitting, we don't get pitching. When we get pitching, we don't hit. I thought the game was going to go extra innings. It was a matter of who outhit who.''

    A throwing error by third baseman Mark Bellhorn and Barry Larkin's sacrifice fly gave the Reds an 11-9 lead against Francis Beltran in the seventh, but Chicago went back ahead in the eighth when Hill hit a run-scoring single, Patterson had an RBI double and Fred McGriff greeted Bruce Chen with an RBI single.

    Game notes


    Danny Graves ran for Ken Griffey Jr. in the eighth and scored on the double. ... The Reds have won eight of 11 against the Cubs this year. ... McGriff's RBI gave him 99 for the season and 1,499 for his career. ... Mateo snapped a 0-for-18 slump with a second-inning single. ... Larkin matched his career with his 34th double in the first inning. ... The Cubs began a 10-game road trip, their final one of the season. ... Mahoney, who spent seven years in the minors, drove in the first runs of his career. ... The Reds are expected to activate RHP Brian Moehler from the 15-day disabled list Friday.

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