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Archive for Sunday, July 16, 2000

Cincinnati keeps Rockies reeling, 7-4

July 16, 2000

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— Colorado lost its 10th straight game Saturday as Dante Bichette and Pokey Reese homered to lead Cincinnati to a fight-marred, 7-4 victory over the frustrated Rockies.

Scott Williamson (3-6), making just his second major league start, pitched a career-high six innings for Cincinnati, which swept the three-game series by a combined score of 31-10.

The losing streak is the second-longest in Colorado history. The Rockies lost 13 straight during their inaugural 1993 season. They also lost nine in a row last year.

The game included a bench-clearing brawl in the seventh when Reds reliever Scott Sullivan hit Brian Hunter in the shoulder minutes after Ken Griffey Jr. was plunked in the thigh by Stan Belinda. The scuffle dated to Thursday night when Griffey was hit in the back and Colorado's Larry Walker was hit three innings later. Walker played peacemaker Saturday by restraining Griffey and Sean Casey.

The fighting lasted less than two minutes and Sullivan, Hunter, Colorado first baseman Todd Helton and Rockies manager Buddy Bell were ejected.

Cincinnati manager Jack McKeon motioned for his players to leave the field while the umpires sorted out the mess, but the Reds never made it to the dugout before returning.

Cincinnati, the only team to sweep a series at Coors Field this season, broke a 3-3 tie against Masato Yoshii (4-10) in the sixth on RBI singles by Michael Tucker and Benito Santiago.

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