Cincinnati (64-86) at Pittsburgh (69-80)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Sep 16, 2003
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Oliver Perez looks to notch his first win for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they continue their four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.

Perez is 0-1 in three starts with the Pirates since coming over from San Diego as part of the four-player trade that sent outfielder Brian Giles to the Padres.

Perez has not received a decision despite pitching well in his last two starts. The hard-throwing left-hander has 16 strikeouts and a 1.93 ERA over that span.

The 22-year-old Perez pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and three hits while striking out 10, as the Pirates beat the Reds 3-2 on Wednesday. Perez, acquired Aug. 26, retired the first nine batters he faced—six with strikeouts.

The Pirates are looking for their fourth win in five games.

Ryan Vogelsong allowed three hits over five innings for his first major league win as Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 6-3 on Monday.

“It’s been a long time coming, I’ll tell you that,” said Vogelsong, who struck out two, walked three and allowed just one hit over his final 4 1-3 innings.

Matt Stairs hit a three-run homer in the first inning to back Vogelsong.

“I was teasing him before the game,” Stairs said. “I said, `You’re 0-6 and it’s about time you win one.’ I know he’s going to sleep a lot better tonight.”

Not many Pittsburgh fans were there to witness it, as the paid crowd of 8,565 was the smallest in PNC Park history. Due to a ticket exchange program for season-ticket holders, the Pirates said there were approximately 15,000 in the ballpark.

The Reds have lost three of four.

STANDINGS: Reds - 5th place (tied), 17 1/2 GB, NL Central. Pirates - 4th place, 12 GB, NL Central.

REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Adam Harang (3-2, 4.94 ERA). The 25-year-old righty is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA over his last three starts. Harang missed his last scheduled start and was pulled after one inning of the Reds’ 4-2 victory over St. Louis on Sept. 5 because of back spasms.

PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Perez (4-8, 5.33 ERA). Perez is 1-5 with a 5.24 ERA since the All-Star break.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Sean Casey, .290 avg. and 71 RBIs; Adam Dunn, 27 HRs and 70 runs; Dunn, Felipe Lopez and Ryan Freel, 8 SBs. Pirates - Jason Kendall, .322 avg. and 78 runs; Reggie Sanders, 31 HRs, 86 RBIs and 15 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Pirates, 9-4.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - Cincinnati pitchers have allowed 198 home runs this season, tying the club record set in 2001. … 1B Casey has a .256 career batting average against the Pirates. … The Reds have established team records for players (57) and pitchers (30) used this season. Pirates - The Pirates have used 45 players this season, four shy of the team record set in 1987 and matched in 2001. Pittsburgh has used 22 pitchers, three shy of the team record set in 1996. … RHP Julian Tavarez pitched a perfect ninth Monday for his eighth save in 11 chances. … LHP Perez has 228 career strikeouts in 210 innings pitched.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 31-45 on the road; Pirates - 35-39 at home.

INJURIES: Reds - INF 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; RHP Jimmy Haynes (back), 60-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Mark Watson (kidney), 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. Pirates - IF Pat Meares (hand), 60-day DL; IF Pokey Reese (thumb), 60-day DL; RHP Kris Benson (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Dave Williams (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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A. Harang PHI vs. O. PĂ©rez WAS
5-6 Record 4-10
5.31 ERA 5.47
42 K 141
19 BB 77
1.41 WHIP 1.63