Bill Doran and Jeff Branson had two-out RBI singles in the ninth inning as the Cincinnati Reds rallied for a disputed 6-5 victory over the New York Mets Saturday night.
Anthony Young (2-11) blew his second save in three nights by failing to hold a 5-4 lead in the ninth. Glenn Braggs and Joe Oliver singled with one out, and Doran singled under second baseman Jeff Kent's glove to tie with two out. Branson lined a single to center for the game-winner.The Mets lost a chance to blow the game open in the top of the ninth when Eddie Murray, one of the majors' best hitters with the bases loaded, was ejected by home plate umpire Ed Rapuano during an argument before his bases-loaded at-bat.
In the top of the ninth, Murray was about to bat with the bases loaded when he requested that second base umpire Terry Tata move from his position near second base. Murray claimed that Tata was in his line of vision.
Tata refused to move and an argument ensued between Murray and home plate umpire Ed Rapuano. Mets manager Jeff Torborg joined the discussion, which erupted into a heated argument. Rapuano eventually tossed out both Murray and Torborg.
The incident cost Murray a chance to improve his bases-loaded brilliance, which includes 17 career grand slams, including one Friday night. This season, Murray has nine hits in 13 at-bats with the bases loaded with 26 RBI. He has a career average of .428 (80-for-187) with the bases loaded.
Norm Charlton (4-2) then induced Mackey Sasser, Murray's replacement, to hit into an inning-ending double play, to keep the Reds' chances alive.
Pirates 6, Dodgers 1
At Pittsburgh, Barry Bonds homered for the fourth time in six games and the Pittsburgh Pirates won their seventh straight with a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers behind Bob Walk's six-hitter.
Padres 5, Cubs 3
At Chicago, Jerald Clark hit a two-run homer after Greg Maddux was ejected with two outs in the eighth inning, lifting the San Diego Padres to victory over the Cubs.
Braves 6, Phillies 5
At Atlanta, pinch-hitter Brian Hunter capped a four-run ninth inning rally with a two-run homer to give the Atlanta Braves a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cardinals 4, Giants 0
At St. Louis, Rheal Cormier and Todd Worrell combined on a seven-hitter as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants.
Astros 5, Expos 2
At Montreal, Darryl Kile won for the first time in 14 starts since April 24, leading the Astros over Montreal and stopping the Expos' six-game win streak.