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Reds open up 6-game lead in NL Central, with 5-4 win over Milwaukee

The Reds were led by right-fielder Jay Bruce in Monday’s win over Milwaukee.

He started the Reds scoring with a homer and ended the scoring and game with a single.

Bruce led off the first inning with a homer and singled off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the 10th inning. rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that extends their lead to a season-high six games over St. Louis.

Juan Francisco hit sixth inning homer to tie game at 4. (MLB)

The defending champion Cardinals lost 3-0 at Houston, their sixth loss in seven games.

The Reds haven’t led the division by this many games since 1995, the last time it reached the playoffs.

Since getting swept by the Cardinals earlier in August, the Reds have taken control of the division by winning 12 of 16 games and are 76-55, 21 games above .500 for the first time since 1999.

Jay Bruce opened the the Reds first inning with his eighth home run in his last 16 games. Joey Votto doubled home a run, which extended his hitting streak to nine games. Juan Francisco tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning with a pinch-hit, solo homer off Mike McClendon.

The Reds have 9 pinch-hit homers this season.

The all-time saves leader, Hoffman (2-7) walked Ryan Hanigan to open the 10th. Pinch-runner Brandon Phillips went to second on Chris Heisey’s two-out single. Jay Bruce singled through the hole at shortstop with Phillips sliding home well ahead of the throw from Ryan Braun in left field.

Francisco Cordero (5-4) gave up a single in the 10th, but held his ex-teammates the Brewers scoreless.

compiled from staff & wire reports

ENTERTAINMENT FOR TUESDAY AUGUST 31, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Tuesday, August 31, the 243rd day of 2010. There are 122 days left in the year.


* On August 31, 1980, Poland’s Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk to end a 17-day strike.

* In 1886, an earthquake hit Charleston, South Carolina, killing 60 people, according to the U.S. Geological survey.

* In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill barring the export of U.S. weapons to belligerents.

* In 1969, boxer Rocky Marciano died in a light-plane crash in Iowa a day before his 46th birthday.

* In 1985, Richard Ramirez, later convicted of California’s “Night Stalker” killings, was captured by Los Angeles residents.

* In 2009, Walt Disney Company, said it was going to aquire comic-book giant Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.


Frank Robinson's #20 is retired by the Reds at Great American Ball Park (file photo)

75 Frank Robinson, baseball’s first black manager and baseball Hall of Fame member.

70 Jack Thompson, actor.

65 Itzhak Perlman, violinist.

65 Van Morrison, singer.

61 Richard Gere, actor.

55 Edwin C. Moses, Olympic gold medalist in hurdles; Dayton, Ohio native and he has the street along the Great Miami River and University of Dayton Arena and Welcome Stadium named Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

40 Deborah Gibson, singer/composer.

40 Zach Ward, actor.

38 Chris Tucker, actor from the Rush Hour films with Jackie Chan.

Heading back to Stanford soon, Michelle Wie wins CN Canadian Open

Eventhough she is a member of the LPGA Tour, Michelle Wie has been looking forward to going back to college this fall. She’ll be heading back to Stanford University after the LPGA’s next event beginning September 10, the P&G NW Arkansas Championship.

In the meantime, on Sunday at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wie closed with a 2-under-par 70 Sunday for a three-shot win at the Canadian Women’s Open, her second career win on the LPGA Tour.

Michelle Wie earns 2nd career win (LPGA)

Wie, who was 12 under for the tournament, earned a winner’s check of $337,500 in the $2.25-million event at St. Charles Country Club, the LPGA’S only tournament in Canada.

In the final round, Wie had five birdies, including the 13th, 14th and 15th holes.

Wie led wire-to-wire after an opening round of 65 and was tied with Jiyai Shin for the lead entering the final round at 10 under. She also had the second hole-in-one of her career in the opening round.

The 20-year-old Wie received a congratulatory spray of champagne from her longtime friend on the tour, Christina Kim.

Wie’s first career win came in November at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational during her rookie year.

Jiyai Shin of South Korea shot a 73 and tied for second with Kristy McPherson (66), defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway (69) and South Korean Jee Lee Young (69).

Ai Mayazato of Japan, the Number 1 ranked player heading into the Open shot a 69 and finished 15th, while Number 2 Cristie Kerr also shot a 69 on Sunday to finished eighth in the tournament.

compiled from staff & LPGA reports

Dayton Dragons rally from 7-2 deficit scoring seven in 9th inning to win at Lansing

The Dayton Dragons scored seven runs in the ninth inning to overcome a five-run deficit as they beat the stunned Lansing Lugnuts, 9-7 on Monday night in Lansing, Michigan. Dayton sent 12 batters to the plate in the ninth, culminating by a two-out, two-run single by Josh Garton that the Dragons the lead. It was the largest deficit that Dayton has overcome to win a game in 2010.

Josh Garton keyed Monday's win (MiLB)

Trailing 7-2 in the top of the ninth inning, Garton walked to start the inning and Dominic D’Anna followed with a single to center. Tommy Nurre’s base hit brought in Garton from second to make it 7-3. With one down, Alex Oliveras singled to left to load the bases, and Justin Reed followed with an infield hit that brought home D’Anna to make it 7-4. Didi Gregorius was hit by a pitch to force in Nurre and pull Dayton to within two at 7-5. After Henry Rodriguez flied to left for the second out, Mark Fleury walked to force in Oliveras and the score was 7-6. Garton, up for the second time in the inning, followed with a sharp single to center that scored Reed and Gregorius. Fleury went to third, and when the throw from center field went past the third baseman, Fleury scored to make it 9-7.

Blaine Howell pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth for Dayton, notching his fourth save in four save opportunities. Tzu-Kai Chiu, who pitched a scoreless eighth, earned the win, he’s 1-0.

Henry Rodriguez went 1 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to 15 straight games, which matches Cameron Satterwhite for the longest of the season for Dayton and tying the for the third longest in franchise history.

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

United States holds off tough Brazil on last-second missed shot, 70-68

(file photo)

The United States basketball team escaped Brazil’s last-second tie attempt at the buzzer which missed.

The young Americans hung on Monday for a 70-68 win over one of the toughest team in the world championships.

Kevin Durant led the way with 27 points and Chauncey Billups scored 15 for the 3-0 Americans, who have clinched Group B with the victory.

Chauncey Billups Denver Nuggets (NBA)

Leandro Barbosa scored 14 points for Brazil, now 2-1 in the competition. Marcus Vinicius scored 16 and Tiago Splitter had 13 points and 10 rebounds while being in constant foul trouble in the second half.

Billups is the old man of the team at 33, but he is using his experience to help guide his younger teammates.

compiled from United States Basketball & NBA reports

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