CINCINNATI (AP) -- Wily Mo Pena sure relished the biggest hit of
"I hit a grand slam earlier this year, but this is the biggest
because we won the game and my team's happy," Pena said.
Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk to fall to 1-for-19 since his
historic home run. He's hitless in his last 16 at-bats.
But Pena gave the Reds their sixth consecutive two-out hit in
the seventh as Cincinnati wiped out a 4-0 Pittsburgh lead and sent
the Pirates to their 16th loss in 19 games.
"Strange things are happening around here," said Pittsburgh
starter Kip Wells, who took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning but
wound up with a no-decision.
It was Pena's second slam of the season and seventh homer
overall. It also was the first pinch-hit grand slam by a Reds
batter since Russell Branyan connected off Milwaukee's Brooks
Kieschnick last July 21.
Jason LaRue started the rally with a double down the left-field
line and moved to third on Juan Castro's single to right.
Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon replaced Wells with Brian
Meadows, and Tim Hummel and pinch-hitter Jermaine Clark each hit a
Salomon Torres (4-3) came in, walked Ryan Freel and was replaced
by left-hander Mike Gonzalez. Reds manager Dave Miley sent up Pena
to bat for switch-hitting D'Angelo Jimenez, whose pulled left side
muscle makes swinging from the right side uncomfortable.
"I got behind," Gonzalez said. "I had to come in there and
throw fastballs. I threw three in a row. That one was up a little
bit. I didn't locate it well.
Pena was hitting a team-high .375 against left-handers going
into the game.
"I just put him in there," Miley said. "He's the one who
Jason Bay's three-run homer capped Pittsburgh's four-run first
before Jose Acevedo (4-6) settled down to earn his first win in
five starts since beating Montreal on May 29. He retired 16
consecutive batters and 19 of his last 20. He allowed five hits and
one walk in seven innings, striking out four.
"I was a little bit hurried in my delivery to the plate,"
Acevedo said of his first-inning problems. "I had to slow it down
a little bit. I got 100 percent focused. I knew I had to block it
out and come back, and I proved I could do it."
Danny Graves pitched a perfect ninth for his major
league-leading 29th save in 36 opportunities.
"For Acevedo to be able to simmer down and put zeros up after
the first inning was a hell of a job," Miley said.
Wells, who missed his last start and hadn't pitched since June
13 because of irritation on his right middle finger, allowed two
first-inning walks but held the Reds hitless until Freel beat out
an infield single with one out in the sixth inning.
The right-hander gave up two runs and three hits in 6 2-3
innings. He struck out seven.
"We thought we had it won, but we couldn't put it away,"
McClendon said. "That third out can be awfully hard to get, and
tonight proved it."
It was Cincinnati's first home game since Griffey hit his
500th homer. ... Jack Wilson's first-inning single gave him 100
hits in Pittsburgh's first 70 games, the quickest pace by a Pirate
since Matty Alou got 100 hits in the team's first 63 games in 1969.
... Bay has hit six of his eight home runs in June ... Rob
Mackowiak was hitting .409 (9-for-22) in his career at Great
American Ball Park going into the game. ... 1B Sean Casey returned
to Cincinnati's starting lineup after leaving Thursday's game in
the seventh inning with stiffness in his upper left hamstring.