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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Pirates Keep Reds at Bay

June 28, 2004|From Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Jason Bay hit his seventh homer in June and drove in four runs, one in Pittsburgh's eight-run ninth inning, and Josh Fogg gave up two runs in six innings to help the Pirates send the Cincinnati Reds to a rare home series loss with a 14-4 rout Sunday.

Bay wasn't activated until May 7 after undergoing shoulder surgery in November.

"The rust is starting to come off," Manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's getting used to the speed of the game at this level."

Fogg (5-6) improved to 4-1 in his career against the Reds, who lost only their third of 11 home series this season.

"They're a free-swinging team," Fogg said of his success against Cincinnati.

"If you can keep the ball below the knees and get a lot of ground balls, you have a chance."

He gave up three hits as the Pirates won consecutive road games for the first time since winning a fifth in a row May 26.

Ken Griffey Jr. was hitless in four at-bats to fall to one for 27 since hitting his 500th home run last Sunday.

He is hitless in his last 24 at-bats, surpassing the previous career high of 21 he set in 1993.

Adam Dunn homered twice for the Reds, whose 22-12 home record is the best in the National League.

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