After getting shelled in his 2003 debut, Miller pitched well against the Reds until he fell apart in the fifth. He struck out the first two batters in the inning before hitting two batters around a walk.
hit a grounder to the right of the mound. Miller fielded the ball and tried to get the runner at third, but third baseman
, who also was trying to field the ball, wasn't covering the base.
Miller's throw sailed down the left field line, allowing all three runners to score and tie the game, 3-3.
"It was a pure gut feeling to flip it to third base," Miller said. "I thought that was my only play. I had other options and I chose the wrong one. After I tossed it, I wanted to dig a hole behind the rubber. I don't blame Morgan for not being there, because his instinct is to charge the ball. It was all an instinct play, and it was a bad one on my part."
"You always want to make the right decision, but sometimes it doesn't work," Houston manager
said. "It's not because of a lack of effort."
Boone wound up at third, but Miller ended the inning by striking out
The error overshadowed an otherwise solid outing by Miller, who gave up five hits and struck out six in six innings.
"We got three singles in a row, and got the sacrifice fly from Kent and then got good work from the relievers to hold onto to the lead," Williams said.
(1-0) pitched two perfect innings for the victory and
worked around a pair of walks in the ninth to notch his second save.
gave up three runs, five hits and four walks in five innings. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third inning but ran into trouble again in the fourth.
"I thought he pitched pretty good," Reds manager
said. "He left the ball up a bit and got wild, but I thought he threw the ball well overall."
Berkman drew a leadoff walk and stole second before scoring on
's one-out single for a 1-0 lead.
plated Hidalgo with a triple and scored on Ensberg's sacrifice fly to give Houston a 3-0 edge.
"They have a tough lineup," Anderson said. "Anytime you walk the leadoff guy you've got a problem and I couldn't get the ground ball to get out of the inning."