Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 9/19)

Game 1: Monday, September 16
Cincinnati 4Final
Pittsburgh 3
Game 2: Tuesday, September 17
Cincinnati 3Final
Pittsburgh 11
Game 3: Wednesday, September 18
Cincinnati 2Final
Pittsburgh 3
Game 4: Thursday, September 19
Cincinnati 5Final
Pittsburgh 4

Reds 5

(75-78, 37-38 away)

Pirates 4

(67-86, 34-41 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 19, 2002

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    PIT 012000001 4 - -

    W: J. Hamilton (4-9)

    L: M. Williams (2-6)

    S: S. Williamson (6)

    Stinnett's first career slam dooms Pirates

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Kelly Stinnett made his presence felt in a rare start Thursday night.

    Kelly Stinnett

    Stinnett hit his first career grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    The first order of business after all the handshakes was sorting out the memorabilia. The Reds were able to recover the ball and Stinnett also tucked the bat away for safekeeping.

    "I'm retiring the bat, too,'' he said. "I'm going to take the bat and the ball and have it mounted. It's going to be pretty cool.''

    Stinnett was playing in just his 28th game of the season and making his 20th start. He spent more than three months on the disabled list from April to July with a right elbow injury.

    Jason LaRue usually catches for the Reds but he was hobbled by a right calf injury sustained in a home plate collision during Wednesday's game.

    "I'm just trying to finish on a strong note to go into next year,'' Stinnett said. "I'm not going to sulk or anything like that.''

    The Reds trailed 3-1 when Ken Griffey Jr. opened the ninth with his fourth single of the game. After Jose Guillen popped out, Mike Williams walked Adam Dunn and Barry Larkin. Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon argued that Larkin didn't hold up on the swing.

    "It sure looked to me like he went around,'' said McClendon, who slammed his cap to the floor of the dugout and waved his arms while yelling at plate umpire Tony Randazzo and first-base umpire Ed Rapuano.

    Reggie Taylor struck out on three pitches before Stinnett lined a 0-1 pitch just inside the left-field foul pole for his second homer of the season and the 50th of his career. It was the Reds' ninth grand slam, extending a team record.

    "I moved up in the box against him,'' Stinnett said. "I haven't had any success against him at all, so I was just trying to get a ball up and I did. I hit it good. It stayed fair and that was big. I knew I hit it good but it started hooking at the end. I was saying, 'Just stay in' and it did. That was nice.''

    Williams (2-6) has blown four saves in 47 chances.

    "You know it's going to happen eventually but it still stinks when it does,'' Williams said.

    Joey Hamilton (4-9) got the win. Scott Williamson pitched the ninth for his sixth save, allowing an RBI single by Craig Wilson.

    The Pirates had a 1-0 lead when Jason Kendall led off the third with a single against Ryan Dempster. Brian Giles' single moved Kendall to third. When Stinnett threw wildly on Giles' steal attempt, Kendall scored and Giles wound up at third.

    Dempster struck out two batters before Kevin Young hit an RBI single to make it 3-0.

    Brian Meadows' sacrifice fly drove in the Pirates' first run. Rob Mackowiak opened the second with a single and advanced on Young's single and an infield out.

    Game notes

    The Reds acquired four pitchers during the season to try to shore up their staff. The four -- Dempster, Brian Moehler and LHs Shawn Estes and Bruce Chen -- have a combined 7-12 record with Cincinnati. ... Dempster is 1-2 with a 8.02 ERA in four starts against the Pirates this year. His road record is 2-10 this season. ... Giles walked for the 128th time, breaking Barry Bonds' 1992 club record for a left-handed hitter. The overall record is Ralph Kiner's 137 walks in 1951. ... Opponents are hitting .184 (19-for-103) against Meadows in the first three innings and .314 (37-for-118) after the third inning. ... Pirates 3B Aramis Ramirez is hitless in his last 23 at-bats. ... Pirates SS Jack Wilson broke a 0-for-13 slump with a ninth-inning single. ... Pirates CF Tony Alvarez, a September callup from Double-A, was 2-for-4. He had been 1-for-5 in eight other games this month. ... 2B Pokey Reese was 10-for-19 in the four-game series against his former team.

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