Series: Game 3 of 4

Cincinnati leads 2-1 (as of 9/14)

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 1

(63-86, 29-45 away)

Reds 3

(73-75, 38-39 home)

    1:15 PM ET, September 14, 2002

    Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: R. Dempster (9-13)

    L: M. Clement (12-10)

    S: S. Williamson (4)

    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 innings.

    "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 did.''

    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 there.'' 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.

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