Haynes tops former teammates

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 9, 2002

MILWAUKEE -- After a miserable season in Milwaukee, Jimmy Haynes has figured out the key to regaining his success: pitching against the Brewers.

Haynes beat his former team for the third time this year as the Cincinnati Reds topped the Brewers 5-4 Sunday.

Jose Guillen and Todd Walker homered for the Reds, who went 8-1 at Miller Park this season.

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Haynes (14-9) allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked four and struck out four. Haynes, who was 8-17 for Milwaukee last year, went 3-0 against the Brewers this season.

''It was pretty much a battle the whole game for me,'' Haynes said. ''I wasn't really locating that good today.''

Haynes escaped bases-loaded situations in the first and third innings without allowing a run. In the third, the bases were loaded with nobody out but Richie Sexson hit into a 5-2-3 double play. After Matt Stairs walked to reload the bases, Jim Rushford flied out to left.

''Some gorky hits went through,'' Cincinnati manager Bob Boone said. ''They weren't really pounding on him.''

Guillen hit a solo homer in the second inning off Nick Neugebauer (1-5), who was pulled after 4 2-3 innings in his second start following almost four months off with a shoulder injury. Neugebauer allowed one run and four hits, striking out six. Neugebauer was limited to between 80-85 pitches by manager Jerry Royster.

''He's ready for more than that, that's for sure,'' Royster said. ''He wasn't even sweating on a very hot day. He did a good job. I'll be glad when we can put him out there and just let him pitch.''

The Reds added two runs in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Reggie Taylor and Kelly Stinnett's RBI double. Walker's two-run homer in the ninth appeared to give Cincinnati a comfortable lead, but Milwaukee rallied against closer Danny Graves.

Keith Ginter led off with his third single of the game. Jeffrey Hammonds flew out, but Sexson and Stairs walked. Rushford singled home two runs to make the score 5-4, but pinch-hitter Ryan Thompson grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.

Graves got his 32nd save in 39 opportunities.

Rushford led off the Brewers' sixth with a single and Bill Hall tripled him home. Paul Bako drove in Hall with a groundout to make the score 3-2.

Notes: Rushford had his first two career hits. Rushford had been 0-for-11 with Milwaukee after being the MVP at Triple-A Indianapolis. … Milwaukee's Eric Young had three hits for the second straight game. … Graves will make his first career start against Pittsburgh on Tuesday after 362 relief appearances in the majors. The Associated Press