Philadelphia (74-69) at Cincinnati (65-77)

Cloudy Currently: Cincinnati, OH
Temp: 27° F
  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Mon Sep 13, 2004
  • TV: CSN
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So far, Gavin Floyd has been living up to expectations.

Floyd looks to turn in another strong start as his Philadelphia Phillies open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park.

Floyd made his second career start on Wednesday, but did not get a decision after allowing one run and two hits in four innings of the Phillies’ 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. The 21-year-old right-hander made his major league debut on Sept. 3, when he allowed one run and four hits in seven innings of an 8-1 win over the New York Mets.

“He’s shown me a lot. He’s got a lot of poise,” manager Larry Bowa said.

Floyd was the Phillies’ first round draft pick in 2001 and made five starts at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre after starting the season at Double-A Reading. He is on a strict pitch-count and threw only 77 pitches against the Braves.

“We have to be careful with him,” Bowa said. “We want to get him as much rest as we can. He’s in an area where he’s never been, as far as innings pitched.”

Bowa said that Floyd “gave a funny look” when he was removed from Wednesday’s game. Floyed said that he understood the Phillies’ caution and is just pleased with the chance to pitch in the majors.

“I could be sitting at home right now,” he said. “My arm feels great and my body feels great. I keep trying to maintain strength, and finish the season.”

The Phillies beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep. Tomas Perez had a two-run double, and David Bell got three hits for Philadelphia, which has won six straight and nine of 10.

The Phillies are 4 1/2 games behind San Francisco in the wild-card race, but have five teams in front of them.

“It’s uphill,” Bowa said. “As long as the numbers are there, until you’re five out with four to go, you keep playing and try to win every game.”

The Reds were pounded 11-0 by the Brewers on Sunday, one day after they beat Milwaukee 9-0. Ryan Freel had two hits for Cincinnati, which has been shut out nine times this season.

The Reds gave up four homers and have allowed a major league-high 209 this season, tying the club record they set last season.

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G. Floyd Atl vs. P. Wilson Cin
2-0 Record 11-6
3.49 ERA 4.36
24 K 117
16 BB 63
1.45 WHIP 1.39