Taylor, Guillen need to be separated


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds manager Bob Boone wasn't
bothered by a dugout flareup between Reggie Taylor and Jose Guillen
after watching Ryan Dempster pitch.

Taylor and Guillen hit consecutive run-scoring hits in the fifth
inning before their dugout run-in as the Cincinnati Reds beat the
Chicago Cubs 3-1 Saturday.

Taylor and Guillen were restrained by members of the Reds
coaching staff in the dugout as they came off the field after the
top of the sixth inning. Guillen was led by team captain Barry
Larkin down to the end of the dugout, where the two talked. Taylor
had a shorter discussion with bench coach Ray Knight.

It was not immediately clear what the dispute was about, and
neither participant would discuss it afterward.

"It showed we had some passion and some emotion,'' Boone said.
"I was excited to see that.''

Boone was also excited to see the way Dempster pitched. Dempster
(9-13) matched the Reds season high with 10 strikeouts in seven

"He was super,'' Boone said. "He did everything we've been
talking about for quite a while. He located his fastball, and he
had an excellent breaking ball going. I couldn't be more tickled
for him.''

Dempster allowed just one hit and two baserunners through the
first five innings. He is 4-5 in 13 starts since Cincinnati
acquired him from Florida on July 11.

"That was a lot of fun,'' he said. "I've just been trying to
finish strong in my last few starts. That's as good a slider as
I've had all year.''

Scott Williamson pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save.

Cubs starter Matt Clement (12-10), who left his last start
Monday in the fifth inning with back spasms, allowed at least one
baserunner in each of his five innings.

The Reds broke through in the fifth. Kelly Stinnett led off with
a single and moved to second on Dempster's sacrifice. Taylor lined
a single through the hole past diving first baseman Hee Seop Choi.
Right fielder Sammy Sosa's throw was offline, allowing Stinnett to
slide in with the first run.

Taylor scored from first base when Guillen followed with a
double down the left-field line, giving him 11 RBIs in his last
seven games.

"I kept the team in the game, but basically, Dempster pitched a
better game,'' Clement said. "I came out a little earlier than I
normally do. We're just being cautious this late in the season. The
rest of my body feels great. I don't want to hurt my arm favoring
my back.

Clement said his back didn't bother him, but manager Bruce Kimm
kept a close eye on his pitcher.

"Clement needed to come out,'' Kimm said. "He felt he had
enough. It was humid out there.''

The Cubs responded when pinch-hitter Roosevelt Brown led off the
sixth with a home run. The next two batters reached base, but
Dempster rebounded to strike out Sosa, and Mark Bellhorn was caught
stealing as Moises Alou struck out.

"That's the kind of spot that's been the topic of a lot of
discussions,'' Boone said. "When he gets into trouble, he had a
tendency to revert back to throwing as hard as he can instead of
forgetting about locating. He figures he's gotten away with
throwing 98 a couple of times, so he tries it again. I left him in
there to let him show us the stuff that we've talked about, and he

Dempster was appreciative of the support his manager gave him.

"Leaving me out there gave me a lot of confidence,'' Dempster
said. "I'd like to show him that he has reason to leave me out

The Reds added an insurance run in the eighth inning on Russell Branyan's RBI double.

Game notes
The Louisville, Ky., Valley Sports American All-Stars, who
won the Little League World Series, were honored by the Reds in
pregame ceremonies, which include each team member throwing a
ceremonial first pitch to a Reds player. Among the ``catchers''
were Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin, who provided the team's
transportation from Louisville. ... Todd Walker's first-inning
double for the Reds gave him a 10-game hitting streak, one short of
matching his career high ... Dempster's win was the first of his
career in six decisions against Chicago. ... Mark Bellhorn's two
stolen bases Saturday gave him seven, matching the career high he
set with Oakland as a rookie in 1997.