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Series: Game 3 of 4

LA Dodgers leads 2-1 (as of 7/27)

Game 1: Monday, July 25
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 26
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 27
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Game 4: Thursday, July 28
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Reds 7

(43-58, 12-33 away)

Dodgers 6

(46-55, 25-24 home)

    10:10 PM ET, July 27, 2005

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: J. Standridge (2-0)

    L: Y. Brazoban (2-6)

    S: D. Weathers (6)

    Freel sets up winning run with two steals after walk

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ryan Freel stole a game from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Freel set a franchise record with five stolen bases, and Ken Griffey Jr. homered and drove in two runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

    "Ryan Freel -- do I need to say anything else? Is that enough?" Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "When he's in the ballgame and he's leading off for us, as you all saw tonight, it's definitely a different dimension. Five stolen bases. It's huge for us when he's in the lineup and is able to get on base."

    Shortstop Felipe Lopez, whose error led to three unearned runs in the first inning, also had two RBI including a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth.

    Freel stole second on a pitchout and swiped third on the next pitch to set up the winning run, after he was walked with one out in the ninth by Yhency Brazoban (2-6). Lopez drove him in with a fly to center and the Reds improved their dismal road record to 12-33.

    "I've thought all along that we haven't played really well on the road because we're not able to manufacture runs at times," Narron said. "But that right there in the ninth inning was the ultimate -- base on balls, two stolen bases and a sac fly. I mean, that's as manufactured as you can possibly do it."

    Only seven other times had a Reds player stolen as many as four bases. The last one to do it was Deion Sanders in 1997 against Atlanta.

    "Considering how long this team's been around, I never thought that would be the record -- especially when they've had guys like Joe Morgan and Deion," said Freel, who led the team last year with 37 steals. "I was able to capitalize on slower deliveries tonight and was able to get good jumps and steal at good times."

    Freel is 28-for-34 this season in steal attempts, and made it all five times he tried Wednesday. Dodgers catcher Jason Phillips has thrown out 12 of 82 baserunners, after going 19-for-61 last year with the New York Mets.

    "Jason is a good catcher, but I didn't steal off of him," Freel said. "You don't steal off the catcher, you steal off the pitcher. (Jeff) Weaver was pretty long in his delivery, the same with Brazoban. So you've just got to take advantage, be smart and make sure you don't run into an out."

    Phillips was a lot harder on himself than Freel was.

    "It comes down to me. It's reflected on me," Phillips said. "I've been working on the exchange from glove to hand and getting the feel of a good throw, which has been tough. It's something I have to improve on. I've just got to get better. If the pitcher isn't conducive to stopping the running game, then I've got to make up the difference and stop them somehow."

    Reliever Jason Standridge (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the victory and David Weathers got three outs for his sixth save.

    Cincinnati turned a 4-1 deficit into a 6-4 lead, chasing Weaver during a four-run seventh. But for the second straight night, Reds reliever Matt Belisle blew a lead in the seventh.

    Belisle gave up one-out singles to pinch-hitter Hee-Seop Choi and Cesar Izturis. They advanced on a sacrifice and scored when Milton Bradley lined a single to center to tie it at 6-all.

    Griffey started the Reds' comeback in the sixth with his 23rd homer, a solo shot that raised his career total to 524.

    Austin Kearns led off the Reds' seventh with a single and pinch-hitter Jacob Cruz tied it at 4 with a two-run homer to center. It was Cruz's fourth pinch homer in his career and third this season. He had been hitless in 10 career at-bats against Weaver.

    "Without that home run, we wouldn't have been in a position to win the ballgame," Narron said. "Cruzer was 0-for-10 against Weaver, so I made sure to ask him if he was going to give us a good at-bat. And he said he was."

    Freel followed with a single, stole second and scored the go-ahead run on a ground-rule double in the left field corner by Lopez. Wilson Alvarez relieved Weaver and gave up an RBI single by Griffey that made it 6-4.

    Jeff Kent had an RBI double in the first and Olmedo Saenz followed with his 10th home run. It was the fourth time in five starts that Ramon Ortiz failed to escape the opening inning unscathed.

    Game notes


    This was the 15th time the Reds have erased a deficit of three or more runs to win, the most in the majors. ... Griffey is 2-for-15 lifetime against Weaver. Both hits were homers. ... Dodgers LF Jayson Werth sat out because of a sore left knee. He was examined by Dr. Frank Jobe and had a small amount of fluid drained.

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