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NATIONAL LEAGUE Reds' slide grows with losses in Caribbean



Published: Wed, April 23, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Vicente Padilla pitched a four-hitter as Philadelphia blanked the Braves.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Vladimir Guerrero changed his hairstyle and his luck, homering and driving in five runs as the Montreal Expos beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Saturday to sweep their day-night doubleheader.

Brian Schneider homered twice in the opener, including a leadoff shot in the 10th inning that lifted the Expos to an 8-7 win.

Javier Vazquez (2-1) struck out 11 as Montreal rolled to a 9-0 lead and sent Cincinnati to its fifth straight loss. Austin Kearns was Cincinnati's lone bright spot, homering in both games to give him a major league-leading eight.

The team that ranked last in the NL in pitching, fielding and hitting, the Reds continue to give up runs in bunches, having been outscored 54-20 during their skid.

Shaved and trim

Guerrero had been struggling, too, ever since the Expos came to their part-time home in the Caribbean. Superstitious or otherwise, he came to Hiram Bithorn Stadium with a frizzy Afro and left with shaved sides and a trim on top.

The All-Star right fielder began the day in a 4-for-24 slump this week in San Juan. He drove in a run and scored one in the opener, then broke loose in the second game.

Guerrero lined an RBI double to key a three-run first inning, and clapped his hands after reaching the second-base bag and ending an 0-for-14 rut.

Guerrero walked and stole a base the next time up and hit an RBI single in the fifth off Jimmy Anderson (1-2). The slugger capped his big day with a huge, three-run drive in the sixth.

Fernando Tatis hit his first homer and drove in three runs for Montreal. Kearns had a homer and three RBIs in each game.

Kearns and Juan Castro hit two-run homers in the seventh off Vazquez. The Reds made it 9-5 in the eighth on Sean Casey's first triple since 2000 and a single by Kearns.

CINCINNATIMONTREAL

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One out when winning run scored.

E--Dunn (4), Larson (4), Carroll (1). DP--Cincinnati 1. LOB--Cincinnati 7, Montreal 8. 2B--Dunn (2), Vidro (9), Liefer (2). HR--Kearns (7), RMateo (1), Schneider 2 (3). S--EnChavez. SF--VGuerrero.

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Eischen pitched to 1 batter in the 9th. HBP--by Ayala (Kearns). WP--Dempster. PB--Stinnett.Umpires--Home, John Hirschbeck; First, Dan Iassogna; Second, Kerwin Danley; Third, Bill Welke. T--3:00. A--10,296.

SECOND GAME

CINCINNATIMONTREAL

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DP--Cincinnati 1. LOB--Cincinnati 4, Montreal 4. 2B--Dunn (3), Vidro (10), VGuerrero (2), Wilkerson (3). 3B--Casey (1). HR--Kearns (8), JCastro (1), VGuerrero (4), Tatis (1). SB--VGuerrero (2).

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PB--Barrett.

Umpires--Home, Wally Bell; First, Kerwin Danley; Second, Bill Welke; Third, Dan Iassogna. T--2:33. A--13,109.

Phillies 4, Braves 0

ATLANTA -- Vicente Padilla pitched a four-hitter and Mike Hampton struggled in his Atlanta debut as Philadelphia stopped the Braves' five-game winning streak.

Padilla (3-1) picked up his second career shutout, facing only three hitters above the minimum. He allowed four singles, with one of the runners erased on a double play.

Gary Sheffield was the only Atlanta hitter to get past first base -- and he needed help. The slugger dribbled a grounder about 20 feet in front of home plate, but catcher Mike Lieberthal's off-balance throw sailed past first.

Sheffield was given credit for a hit and took second on the throwing error. He moved to third on a grounder, but that was as far as he got.

Padilla threw 107 pitches, 82 for strikes. He didn't have more than five balls in any inning.

PHILAATLANTA

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E--Lieberthal (1), Furcal (5). DP--Philadelphia 1, Atlanta 2. LOB--Philadelphia 8, Atlanta 3. 2B--DaBell (2), Burrell (8). SB--Rollins (2). CS--Thome (1). SF--BAbreu.

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Atlanta

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WP--Hampton 2. Umpires--Home, Brian O'Nora; First, Larry Poncino; Second, Phil Cuzzi; Third, Jerry Crawford. T--2:43. A--29,777.




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