Cincinnati (26-29) at Miami (26-31)

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  • Game info: 1:35 pm EDT Sun Jun 1, 2003
  • TV: FSFL
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The Cincinnati Reds are looking from a boost from their starting rotation as they play the deciding game of their series against the Florida Marlins at Pro Player Stadium.

After Danny Graves suffered the defeat in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Florida, Cincinnati starters have now gone 15 straight games without a victory. The last win by a starter was Graves’ 4-0 shutout at St. Louis on May 14.

During this current stretch, the starters are 0-8, while failing to register a decisions in seven of those games. The latest Reds’ starter to take a shot at snapping that skid is John Riedling, who has spent most of his major league career coming out of the Cincinnati bullpen.

In his last start, the right-hander held Atlanta scoreless over 6 2-3 innings—the longest outing of his career—and left with a 3-0 lead. He gave up five hits, struck out four and walked two, bit didn’t factor in the decision as the Reds lost 7-6.

Though he has yet to win a game yet, Riedling is not lacking in confidence.

“Babe Ruth is dead and Mark McGwire’s retired, so I just throw strikes,” Riedling said. “I threw all four of my pitches and throw them for strikes. I’m getting confident with my changeup.”

Riedling moved out of the Cincinnati bullpen earlier this month and has made five straight starts after 88 appearances as a reliever. His previous longest outing was six innings.

Conversely, Florida owns a trend of impressive outings by its starters. In their last nine games, the group has allowed just nine runs in 58 2-3 innings (1.53 ERA).

Carl Pavano looks to add to that streak, as he’s coming off his finest effort of the season.

The right-hander needed just 92 pitches to finish his first complete game since June 13, 1999, as Florida beat Montreal 5-1 on Monday. Pavano, who won for just the second time in seven starts, allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none in a game that took just 2 hours and 3 minutes.

The Marlins snapped a two-game losing skid with Saturday’s victory and have won seven of nine.

STANDINGS: Reds - 4th place, 4 GB, NL Central. Marlins - 4th place (tied), 12 GB, NL East.

REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Riedling (0-2, 4.64 ERA). The right-hander is making his first-ever appearance against the Marlins.

MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Pavano (4-5, 3.63 ERA). Pavano has two career starts against the Reds in his career, going 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Jose Guillen, .341 avg.; Adam Dunn, 18 HRs; Austin Kearns, 47 RBIs; Aaron Boone, 36 runs; Felipe Lopez, 8 SBs. Marlins - Luis Castillo, .324 avg.; Mike Lowell, 16 HRs, 43 RBIs and 35 runs; Juan Pierre, 22 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Marlins, 4-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - RHP Riedling has walked 23 batters, while striking out 21 in 42 2-3 innings this season. … Since homering in back-to-back games May 12-13, OF Kearns hasn’t homered in 13 straight games, his longest drought of the season. … OF Dunn is hitting .304 (17-for-56) with two homers and nine RBIs in his career against Florida pitching. Marlins - Left-handed batters are hitting just .215 against RHP Pavano this season. … 3B Lowell went 0-for-4 on Saturday, ending his nine-game hitting streak. … The Marlins had a season-high, five-game consecutive errorless game streak snapped, as LHP Dontrelle Willis made a throwing error in Saturday’s win.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 11-16 on the road; Marlins - 15-12 at home.

INJURIES: Reds - IF Ryan Freel (hamstring), 15-day DL; SS Barry Larkin (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Ryan Dempster (neck), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (arm), 60-day DL. Marlins - RHP Josh Beckett (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendicitis), 15-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Abraham Nunez (hamstring), 60-day DL.

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J. Riedling Pit vs. C. Pavano Min
2-3 Record 12-13
4.90 ERA 4.30
65 K 133
47 BB 49
1.52 WHIP 1.26