Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Cincinnati leads 1-0 (as of 9/24)

Game 1: Friday, September 24
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Pittsburgh8
Game 2: Saturday, September 25
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Pittsburgh4
Game 3: Sunday, September 26
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Pittsburgh4

Reds 14

(71-82, 32-43 away)

Pirates 8

(68-85, 38-40 home)

7:05 PM ET, September 24, 2004

PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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W: A. Harang (10-9)

L: R. Vogelsong (6-13)

Dunn Ks two more times

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Austin Kearns certainly knows how to snap out of a slump in style.

Dunn Getting A Whiff
Year Player Ks
1970 Bobby Bonds 189
2002 Jose Hernandez 188
1969 Bobby Bonds 187
2000 Preston Wilson 187
1987 Rob Deer 186
2001 Jose Hernandez 185
1986 Pete Incaviglia 185
2001 Jim Thome 185
2004 Adam Dunn 183
1990 Cecil Fielder 182
2003 Jim Thome 182
2000 Mo Vaughn 181
1975 Mike Schmidt 180
1986 Rob Deer 179
2001 Richie Sexson 178
2003 Jose Hernandez 177
Note: Dunn has 8 games remaining.

Kearns went 4-for-5, including his seventh homer of the season, and drove in a career-high five runs to help the Cincinnati Reds to a 14-8 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

"I was just trying to relax and hit the ball hard," Kearns said. "I felt I hit the ball better (Thursday) in Atlanta."

Since being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 24, Kearns was batting .236 with three homers and seven RBI and was only 1-for-8 in the first three games of the Reds' 10-game road trip.

"At least it looked like I had a clue up there instead of two days ago when I was swinging at everything," Kearns said. "I just got some pitches I could hit and didn't try to do too much and that's the worst thing I've been trying to do is trying to do too much."

Kearns, who underwent surgery July 2 to remove a bone spur from the base of his right thumb, also went on the 15-day disabled list in late April after he broke his left forearm when he was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh's Ryan Vogelsong.

This time, Kearns got the better of the right-hander with a two-run single in the top of the first inning.

Vogelsong (6-13), who had not allowed a run in his last 12 innings coming in, faced only seven batters and failed to record an out for the first time in 32 career starts.

"Oh man, this is about as bad as it gets," Vogelsong said. "You can't do any worse than not getting anyone out and that's about as drastic a change you can have."

Before being pulled for left-hander Frank Brooks, Vogelsong faced just seven batters and allowed four hits and walked the other three. He threw 33 pitches, 12 for strikes, and saw his ERA jump from 6.19 to 6.68.

Cincinnati has won three straight, while Pirates have dropped four in a row and nine of 11. The Reds also tied their season highs in hits with 17 and runs.

D'Angelo Jimenez and Jason LaRue each drove in a pair for the Reds, while Sean Casey went 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs scored.

Staked to a seven-run lead, Reds pitcher Aaron Harang (10-9) settled in to win his second straight start after losing six of his last seven. He also became the first Reds pitcher with 10 wins in a season since Jimmy Haynes had 15 and Ryan Dempster 10 in 2002.

"It's great to have a lead like that," Harang said. "You don't have to worry about being too perfect. You can go out and be aggressive and go right at hitters. And if you make a mistake, it's not going to kill you."

He allowed six runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Rob Mackowiak and Jason Bay each hit three-run homers for Pittsburgh.

Felipe Lopez hit his seventh homer of the season off Brian Meadows in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Game notes


Casey went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI to give him 99 on the season. ... LaRue needs one more RBI to tie his career high of 52 set in 2002. ... Pittsburgh's Jack Wilson went 2-for-2 including a third-inning RBI single, and is 10 hits shy of becoming the first Pirates player since Dave Parker in 1977 to get 200 in a season. ... Dunn scored a run but struck out twice to raise his total for the season to 183. He needs 7 more to break Bobby Bonds' single-season record of 189 set in 1970.

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