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Harang secures 13th win, Reds keep lead in wild-card race

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CINCINNATI -- All Scott Hatteberg needed to regain his focus was a day off.

The Cincinnati first baseman drove in three runs with a home run and a double to snap his worst slump of the season and lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Adam Dunn also homered and Aaron Harang pitched seven strong innings to help the Reds maintain their lead in the National League wild-card race. Cincinnati went into Sunday leading Arizona by a game and trailing St. Louis by 2½ in the Central Division. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 5-3 at Chicago Sunday.

Hatteberg followed Ryan Freel's leadoff single in the third with his 12th homer of the season to snap a 0-for-17 slump, his longest streak of hitless at bats since he was 0-for-18 last August 14-25 for Oakland.

"Hatteberg needed a day off bad," manager Jerry Narron said of the left-handed hitter. "I think it might've helped him. We'd faced a long string of right-handers, and he definitely needed to sit out."

"It probably helped me mentally more than anything," said Hatteberg, who drove in Jason LaRue with Cincinnati's fifth run on an opposite-field double that reached the warning track in left field in the fourth. "It was nice for me personally to help out. The last four days, I struggled, and you want to help out at this time of year.

"My timing was all messed up," he added. "When your timing's off, you feel bad. I felt better today."

Edwin Encarnacion followed Hatteberg's homer with a walk and Dunn hit his 37th homer of the season into the first row of the right field seats to make it 4-0.

After allowing the first two batters to reach base, Aaron Harang (13-8) settled down. He struck out Freddy Sanchez, the league's leading hitter, All-Star starter Jason Bay, and Jeromy Burnitz to end the first inning. All three struck out swinging on fastballs.

"I was able to hit my spots and put the ball where I wanted to," Harang said. "That's a big part of their lineup. They've hurt us the past couple of days, but I was able to get out of it."

"He's got a good fastball," Narron said. "He's got deception and late movement, and that gives him a chance to get guys out.

"We needed seven innings out of our starter, and we got it," Narron added.

Harang, who'd allowed five earned runs in each of his previous two starts, gave up just one run and five hits with nine strikeouts. His career-high 13 wins are the most by a Reds pitcher since Jimmy Haynes went 15-10 in 2002.

"I did some work this week on my mechanics," he said. "I was getting out early, and my front side was flying open, and my arm was having a tough time catching up. I was dropping my elbow, so we did some tinkering."

"Basically, today (the Reds) had one offensive inning," Tracy said. "Give credit to Aaron Harang. We had a good opportunity. We started out the game the way we wanted to, but we couldn't get anything going."

Victor Santos (5-8) gave up five runs and 10 hits in five innings. He matched a season high with seven strikeouts and walked two.

Bay led off Pittsburgh's fourth with his 27th homer of the season and second in two games for the Pirates' only run of the game.

Notes

Sanchez, the Pirates third baseman, went 0-for-4 to see his hitting streak snapped at 11 games. He is hitting .352. ... The Reds placed LHP Eddie Guardado on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left forearm and activated RHP Matt Belisle from the disabled list. Belisle had been sidelined since July 14 with lower back spasms. ... The Reds also placed LHP Chris Michalak on the bereavement list following the death of his 102-year-old grandmother and purchased the contract of IF-OF Norris Hopper from Triple-A Louisville. He had a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning in his first career plate appearance.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

S. Hatteberg
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

A. Harang
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 9
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duffy, CF4010000 .202
Jack Wilson, SS4020000 .279
Freddy Sanchez, 3B4000024 .352
Jason Bay, LF4111012 .294
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4000012 .229
Xavier Nady, 1B4020000 .278
Jose Castillo, 2B4000012 .269
Humberto Cota, C3000021 .183
Victor Santos, P2000010 .091
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Bautista, PH1000010 .246
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals341610911 
a-struck out for Marte in the 7th
Batting
HR - Jason Bay (27, Harang)
RBI - Jason Bay (86)
SB - Chris Duffy (11, 2nd base off Harang/LaRue)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Victor Santos (L,5-8) 51055272 5.65
Damaso Marte 1000010 4.09
Matt Capps 1000010 3.60
Mike Gonzalez 1100120 2.29
IBB - Dunn by Victor Santos
HBP - LaRue (by Victor Santos)
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 95-59, Damaso Marte 13-9, Matt Capps 13-7, Mike Gonzalez 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 3-4, Matt Capps 2-0
Batters Faced - Victor Santos 27, Damaso Marte 3, Matt Capps 3, Mike Gonzalez 5
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF5120012 .290
Scott Hatteberg, 1B5123002 .315
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3110122 .300
    Juan Castro, SS0000000 .250
Adam Dunn, LF3112121 .248
Rich Aurilia, SS-3B4020003 .280
Todd Hollandsworth, RF4000012 .220
Brandon Phillips, 2B4020011 .293
Jason LaRue, C2100123 .177
Aaron Harang, P3000024 .148
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   a- Norris Hopper, PH10100001.000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Totals34511531120 
a-singled for Schoeneweis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Hatteberg (26, Santos), Brandon Phillips (24, Santos)
HR - Scott Hatteberg (12, Santos), Adam Dunn (37, Santos)
RBI - Scott Hatteberg 3 (41), Adam Dunn 2 (84)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Edwin Encarnacion (18, )
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (W,13-8) 7511091 3.72
Scott Schoeneweis 1000000 6.18
David Weathers 1100000 4.30
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 119-88, Scott Schoeneweis 12-7, David Weathers 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 7-6, Scott Schoeneweis 1-2, David Weathers 1-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 27, Scott Schoeneweis 3, David Weathers 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29935
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Mike Winters