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NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUNDUP : Glavine Spoils Johnson's Debut With Reds

May 26, 1993|From Associated Press

No pitching. No clutch hits. Poor defense. Changing managers didn't make much of an immediate impact on the Cincinnati Reds.

With Davey Johnson managing his first game from the Reds' dugout, the National League's highest-paid team stayed in its swoon Tuesday at Cincinnati.

Tom Glavine (7-0) pitched seven innings in Atlanta's 5-0 victory.

The Reds lost for the seventh time in eight games by continuing their pattern of sloppy play. An error and a bases-loaded walk set up Atlanta's go-ahead runs in the seventh off Bobby Ayala (0-2).

Players upset by the sudden firing of Tony Perez said the loss proved their point: Cincinnati's 20-25 start can't be pegged on poor managing.

"Davey Johnson is just like Tony Perez--he doesn't hit the ball, he doesn't pitch the ball, he doesn't make errors," shortstop Barry Larkin said. "It's not the manager's fault. It's the players out there."

Johnson, returning to managing at the stadium where he was fired three years ago by the New York Mets, sounded a lot like Perez when he tried to find something good to say.

"It got ugly late in the game, but there were some positives," Johnson said.

Most of them belonged to Glavine (7-0). The left-hander held the Reds to five hits in seven innings to remain unbeaten at Riverfront Stadium--9-0 in 10 starts over his career and 12-3 overall against the Reds.

Glavine said he was especially wary of the Reds, a team in turmoil.

"Any time you go through changes like that and have new people coming in, it can be hard to concentrate," Glavine said. "But sometimes a team that's in the doldrums can get fired up by something like that."

San Francisco 5, Chicago 4--Pinch-hitter Mark Carreon singled home the winning run during a two-run eighth inning at Chicago for the Giants' ninth victory in the past 10 games.

Willie McGee started the rally with a one-out single off Paul Assenmacher.

Randy Myers (0-1) retired Royce Clayton on a drive to the center field wall, and Kirt Manwaring doubled to the left-field corner, sending home McGee with the tying run.

Myers blew his first save in 14 opportunities when Carreon looped a fly ball into right field that Sammy Sosa could not catch, allowing Manwaring to score the go-ahead run.

Pittsburgh 2, Florida 0--Steve Cooke, only seven months old when his opponent, Charlie Hough, made his major-league debut, pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout and doubled in the only runs at Pittsburgh.

Cooke (2-2) didn't allow a runner past second base to outduel the 46-year-old Hough (2-5), who debuted in the major leagues by striking out Willie Stargell on Aug. 12, 1970, when Three Rivers Stadium was only 18 games old.

Montreal 4, St. Louis 2--Lou Frazier drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a double at Montreal.

Delino DeShields led off the eighth with a single against Bob Tewksbury (4-4) and scored when a shot by Frazier hit first base and scooted all the way to the right-field corner. Frazier went to third on the play and scored on a suicide squeeze by Greg Colbrunn.

Philadelphia 4, New York 2--Curt Schilling pitched a seven-hitter for his sixth victory and fourth complete game at Philadelphia.

The last-place Mets dropped to 1-4 under Manager Dallas Green, 14-29 overall.

Schilling (6-1) struck out five and walked one, boosting his lifetime record against the Mets to 5-1.

Colorado 7, Houston 5--Pinch-hitter Jim Tatum's two-run, tie-breaking double in the eighth inning helped the struggling Rockies win at Houston.

Gary Wayne (2-2) earned the victory without retiring a batter. He entered the game with two outs in the seventh inning and Steve Finley was caught stealing to retire the side.

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