Atlanta at Cincinnati

W: B. Claussen (6-8) L: H. Ramirez (9-7)
S: K. Mercker (3)
HR: ATL - J. Franco (8)   CIN - A. Dunn (32)

Cincinnati gets the job Dunn against Atlanta

CBS wire reports

CINCINNATI -- Adam Dunn is batting sixth in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup. It doesn't seem to matter where he hits.

"Right now, he'll hit anywhere you put him," said Reds manager Jerry Narron, after Dunn's five-RBI night led the Reds to an 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.

"The main thing is we wanted to get Wily Mo (Pena) in the middle to get him some protection and see some pitches to hit."

Dunn had a three-run homer and a two-run double for the sixth five-RBI game of his career, the third this year.

He homered off Braves starter Horacio Ramirez, a left-hander, in the fourth to give the Reds a 4-2 lead. He then doubled against Ramirez with the bases loaded in the sixth, driving in two more runs.

"Ramirez has been pitching well," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "But he kept walking Pena with Dunn behind him. Dunn hasn't hit left-handers for a high average this year, but he's dangerous. He hit two rockets off (Ramirez)."

Dunn was named NL player of the month for July earlier in the day. He had an NL-leading 11 homers and major league-best 31 RBI last month.

"I've been seeing lefthanders good all year," Dunn said. "I know my numbers stink. I think I've been overly aggressive, trying to pull everything. I'm not doing anything different -- just hitting it more."

Cox said it's a mystery how Dunn set a major league record by striking out 195 times last season.

"He's got a great eye, a great swing. He's one of the guys you've got to fear," Cox said. "I never did understand why he strikes out so much."

After Dunn's double, Jim Brower replaced Ramirez and gave up a run-scoring wild pitch and an RBI single by Edwin Encarnacion to make it 8-2.

Ramirez was charged with all eight runs and six hits, with four walks and one strikeout in five-plus innings.

Brandon Claussen (6-8) gave up seven hits, five runs and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings for the Reds. Kent Mercker pitched two innings for his third save.

Ryan Freel singled in a run in the third for Cincinnati, but the Braves took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a two-run homer by Julio Franco, his eighth.

"The park is short to right-center field, and that's my power," said Franco, who homered twice against the Reds on June 18 in Great American Ball Park.

Atlanta made it 8-5 in the seventh on consecutive RBI singles by Marcus Giles, Jeff Francoeur and Andruw Jones.

The Reds played small ball to perfection in the third when Jason LaRue walked, moved up on Claussen's sacrifice bunt and scored on Freel's sharp single to left, his first RBI since May 30 at Houston.

Freel missed 21 games with a sore toe during that stretch.

Reds shortstop Felipe Lopez kept the Braves out of a big first inning, going deep into the hole for Franco's sharply hit grounder, then throwing him out with two outs and two runners on base.


  • The game was interrupted in the seventh when Atlanta's Rafael Furcal broke his bat on a foul ball and the barrell struck home place umpire Chuck Meriwether in the hand. Second base umpire Tim Timmons took over behind the plate when play resumed after a 12-minute delay.
  • Braves 3B Chipper Jones was out with a strained rotator cuff suffered in Tuesday night's game. He is day-to-day, manager Bobby Cox said, but no special treatment is necessary.
  • Ramirez has allowed a team-high 21 home runs this season.
  • Braves 2B Giles extended his hitting streak to a season-high eight games with a first-inning single.
  • Reds 1B Sean Casey singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
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Adam Dunn is congratulated by Sean Casey after hitting a three-run homer off Horacio Ramirez. (AP)
Adam Dunn is congratulated by Sean Casey after hitting a three-run homer off Horacio Ramirez. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

B. Claussen
IP 6.2
H 7
ER 5
BB 0
K 5

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Jeff Francoeur, RF5131002 .407
Andruw Jones, CF2011011 .272
Julio Franco, 1B4112004 .284
Wilson Betemit, 3B4010012 .294
Johnny Estrada, C4000001 .258
Ryan Langerhans, LF4000020 .244
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    John Foster, P0000000 .000
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a-singled for Brower in the 7th
b-grounded out for Kolb in the 9th
2B - Rafael Furcal (16, Mercker)
HR - Julio Franco (8, Claussen)
RBI - Marcus Giles (39), Jeff Francoeur (17), Andruw Jones (81), Julio Franco 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Giles (17), Jeff Francoeur (6), Andruw Jones (35)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 2
DP - Giles-Furcal-Franco
Atlanta Braves
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Jim Brower 1200010 5.29
John Foster 1000020 3.68
Dan Kolb 1100010 5.02
WP - Jim Brower (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Horacio Ramirez 87-43, Jim Brower 17-9, John Foster 12-9, Dan Kolb 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Horacio Ramirez 11-2, Jim Brower 1-0, John Foster 1-0
Batters Faced - Horacio Ramirez 24, Jim Brower 4, John Foster 3, Dan Kolb 3
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, 2B4021001 .307
Felipe Lopez, SS3000101 .293
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4110011 .284
Wily Mo Pena, RF2200210 .262
Sean Casey, 1B4220010 .312
Adam Dunn, LF4235000 .258
Jason LaRue, C3100112 .268
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3011001 .250
Brandon Claussen, P1000010 .033
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
2B - Adam Dunn (24, Ramirez)
HR - Adam Dunn (32, Ramirez)
SH - Brandon Claussen 2 (3)
RBI - Ryan Freel (10), Adam Dunn 5 (77), Edwin Encarnacion (3)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Freel (4)
Team LOB - 2
DP - F. Lopez-Freel-Casey
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Claussen (W,6-8) 6.2755051 4.85
David Weathers 0.1200000 3.71
Kent Mercker (S,3) 2200000 2.72
HBP - A. Jones (by Brandon Claussen), A. Jones (by Brandon Claussen)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Claussen 107-75, David Weathers 12-9, Kent Mercker 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Claussen 7-8, David Weathers 1-0, Kent Mercker 5-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Claussen 29, David Weathers 3, Kent Mercker 7
Game Information
Attendance - 37157
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Tim McClelland