Pittsburgh (65-77) at Cincinnati (61-82)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Tue Sep 9, 2003
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The Great American Ball Park has received mixed reviews in its inaugural season. The Pittsburgh Pirates can’t seem to get enough of it.

The Pirates look to continue their success at the Cincinnati Reds’ new ballpark as the teams continue their four-game series.

Josh Fogg threw his first complete game, and Craig Wilson homered twice and tied his career high with four RBIs as Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 9-1 on Monday.

The Pirates improved to 6-0 this season at Great American Ball Park and, dating to last season, have won seven in a row in Cincinnati for the first time since May 31-Sept. 26, 1937.

“For some reason, we swing the bats well here,” Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Wilson had three hits as the Pirates equaled their highest scoring output in 18 games.

“You can’t really explain it,” Wilson said of Pittsburgh’s success at Cincinnati.

Fogg gave up 10 hits and no walks while striking out nine to improve to 3-0 in his career against the Reds.

The complete game was the second in a row for Pittsburgh. Kip Wells went the distance in a 2-1 loss at Atlanta on Sunday.

The Pirates hope right-hander Salomon Torres can match Fogg and Wells.

The 31-year-old righty has allowed four runs in his last 11 1-3 innings. Torres, who hasn’t won since June 20, has lost his last three decisions and is 1-3 in 12 starts this season.

Torres is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five career appearances, including two starts, against Cincinnati.

The Reds used three consecutive one-out hits in the fifth to snap a 17-inning scoreless streak.

“Feast or famine—that’s probably the best way to put it,” Reds manager Dave Miley said of his team’s offense.

STANDINGS: Pirates - 4th place, 10 1/2 GB, NL Central. Reds - 6th place, 15 GB, NL Central.

PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Torres (5-4, 4.30 ERA). Torres yielding two runs and four hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 5-1 loss to Florida on Thursday. Torres has a 3.90 ERA since the All-Star break.

REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Josh Hall (0-0, 6.00 ERA). The 22-year-old righty will be making his second start and third career appearance. Hall gave up two runs, one hit and walked two in one inning of relief on Saturday as the Reds lost to St. Louis 13-2. Hall failed to figure in the decision in his first start back on Aug. 2, allowing two runs and four hits in five innings of Cincinnati’s 5-4 loss to San Francisco.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Pirates - Jason Kendall, .323 avg. and 76 runs; Reggie Sanders, 30 HRs, 80 RBIs and 13 SBs. Reds - Sean Casey, .285 avg. and 70 RBIs; Adam Dunn, 27 HRs and 70 runs; Dunn and Ryan Freel, 8 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Pirates, 7-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Pirates - McClendon needs one win to become the 12th manager in Pirates history to win 200 games. He is 199-266 in three seasons. … Six of the nine players who started for Pittsburgh in the first regular season game at Great American Ball Park are no longer with the team. … OF Craig Wilson has five hits in his last 11 at bats. Reds - RHP Danny Graves and Paul Wilson have been shut down for the rest of the season with inflammation in their shoulders. … On Monday, RHP Juan Cerros became the 57th player and 30th pitcher used by the Reds this season, extending club records in both categories. … Cincinnati has committed a major league-leading 126 errors.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Pirates - 33-39 on the road; Reds - 31-41 at home.

INJURIES: Pirates - INF Pat Meares (hand), 60-day DL; INF Pokey Reese (thumb), 60-day DL; RHP Kris Benson (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Dave Williams (shoulder), 60-day DL. Reds - SS Barry Larkin (finger), 15-day DL; OF Dunn (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Jose Acevedo (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Ryan Dempster (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Mark Watson (kidney), 15-day DL; RHP Jimmy Haynes (back), 60-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (shoulder), 60-day DL; INF Brandon Larson (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL; OF Austin Kearns (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Reggie Taylor (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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S. Torres Mil vs. J. Hall Sea
7-5 Record 0-2
4.76 ERA 6.57
84 K 18
42 BB 15
1.40 WHIP 1.95