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Reds respond to Miley's firing with rout of rival Cards

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds brought fireworks back to Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night.

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Backup catcher Javier Valentin drove in four runs with a three-run homer and a bases-loaded walk to help the Reds to an 11-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Jerry Narron's debut as interim manager.

The Reds celebrate every victory with a fireworks display, but there haven't been many this year.

Narron, Dave Miley's bench coach since the start of the 2004 season, was promoted earlier Tuesday when Miley was fired, along with pitching coach Don Gullett, after the Reds' 27-43 start.

"We had a lot of things that didn't go well for us," the soft-spoken Narron said. "These guys are due for a good stretch."

Joe Randa hit a solo homer and Felipe Lopez doubled with the bases loaded to back Brandon Claussen (4-4), who yielded seven hits and three earned runs in six innings.

St. Louis starter Jason Marquis (8-5) gave up seven hits and 10 runs -- a career high, but only six were earned -- in 2 1/3 innings.

"He was trying to get the ball down, and he got it up," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "And he was getting too much of the plate."

Cincinnati had 12 hits after being held to four in Miley's last game, a 6-1 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night.

St. Louis had won four in a row and seven of 10. Cincinnati had lost seven of 10.

Reds players were careful not to blame Miley and Gullett for their woeful record. But some acknowledged a somewhat different atmosphere.

"Anytime change comes, it brings a different feeling," first baseman Sean Casey said. "That's only human."

Valentin said the Reds seemed more resolute.

"We can feel the difference," Valentin said. "We want to do better. We know we can do better."

Second baseman Rich Aurilia said he felt no obvious change in the locker room atmosphere.

"It wasn't a surprise what was going to happen," Aurilia said. "We were just in the dark."

An RBI single by Casey gave Cincinnati a run in the first, but St. Louis took a 3-1 lead the next inning on an RBI single by So Taguchi, a sacrifice fly by Yadier Molina and an RBI single by Marquis.

Claussen walked the first two hitters to start the inning, and Taguchi's single caromed off Claussen's leg into short right field. It was starting to look like Narron's Reds were very much like the Reds under Miley.

Then Randa led off the bottom of the inning with his 11th homer, Adam Dunn walked and Wily Mo Pena doubled down the left field line. Valentin, who gets limited playing time, hit a three-run homer, his third, to make it 5-3.

Albert Pujols doubled, stole third and scored the Cardinals' final run in the third when Valentin couldn't hold on to Dunn's throw from left field on Reggie Sanders' fly out.

Cincinnati followed with a five-run third, with Lopez' double the big blow off reliever Brad Thompson. The Reds added a final run in the sixth on an RBI single by Aurilia.

Notes

  • Valentin's four RBI tied a career high.
  • St. Louis OF Jim Edmonds was out of the lineup for the eighth game since suffering a hairline fracture of his left middle rib, but was available to pinch hit. He could return to the lineup Wednesday.
  • Reds leadoff batter Ryan Freel missed his third consecutive game with a sore toe.
  • Reds OF Kenny Kelly left the game in the eighth with a sprained left knee.
 
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Big boppers Adam Dunn and Wily Mo Pena welcome Javier Valentin, who homered them in.  (AP)
Big boppers Adam Dunn and Wily Mo Pena welcome Javier Valentin, who homered them in. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

F. Lopez
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Cincinnati

J. Valentin
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4000003 .297
    Cal Eldred, P1000010 .000
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5010000 .303
Albert Pujols, 1B5110001 .333
Reggie Sanders, LF3000000 .286
    John Mabry, LF1000001 .256
Scott Rolen, 3B3100100 .242
Scott Seabol, RF3110100 .263
So Taguchi, CF4131001 .268
Yadier Molina, C2021000 .258
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Abraham Nunez, SS1010000 .303
Jason Marquis, P1011000 .361
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .000
   a- Einar Diaz, PH-C2000004 .222
Totals3541032110 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Thompson in the 6th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (18, Claussen), Scott Seabol (4, Belisle)
SF - Yadier Molina (1)
SH - Brad Thompson (1)
RBI - So Taguchi (14), Yadier Molina (21), Jason Marquis (7)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Marquis (4)
SB - Albert Pujols (6, 3rd base off Claussen/Valentin), So Taguchi (3, 3rd base off Claussen/Valentin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Grudzielanek-Eckstein-Pujols, Rolen-Grudzielanek-Pujols
E - Mark Grudzielanek (4, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Marquis (L,8-5) 2.17106312 4.10
Brad Thompson 2.2100020 2.18
Randy Flores 1211110 3.52
Cal Eldred 2200120 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 69-38, Brad Thompson 26-18, Randy Flores 23-14, Cal Eldred 33-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 4-2, Brad Thompson 4-2, Randy Flores 1-1, Cal Eldred 3-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 17, Brad Thompson 9, Randy Flores 6, Cal Eldred 8
Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez, SS4013111 .295
Rich Aurilia, 2B5131001 .255
Sean Casey, 1B5121012 .319
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4110002 .273
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .143
   a- William Bergolla, PH1000001 .139
    Ricky Stone, P0000000 .000
Joe Randa, 3B4111013 .292
Adam Dunn, LF2200210 .241
Wily Mo Pena, RF-CF4211000 .283
Javier Valentin, C2214200 .253
Brandon Claussen, P2010013 .053
   b- Kenny Kelly, PH-CF2110011 .375
    Jacob Cruz, RF0000000 .267
Totals351112115614 
a-grounded into a double play for Belisle in the 8th
b-singled for Claussen in the 6th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (16, Thompson), Wily Mo Pena (10, Marquis)
3B - Rich Aurilia (2, Marquis)
HR - Joe Randa (11, Marquis), Javier Valentin (3, Marquis)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 3 (43), Rich Aurilia (24), Sean Casey (32), Joe Randa (38), Wily Mo Pena (22), Javier Valentin 4 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez 3 (17)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Dunn 1
E - Javier Valentin (2, Missed catch)
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Claussen (W,4-4) 6743200 4.07
Matt Belisle 2300000 4.60
Ricky Stone 1000010 4.70
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Claussen 110-65, Matt Belisle 28-23, Ricky Stone 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Claussen 5-13, Matt Belisle 4-2, Ricky Stone 2-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Claussen 27, Matt Belisle 9, Ricky Stone 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22268
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Lance Barksdale