CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Rain and the erratic pitching of
was a good combination for the
Wright walked five and allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings to put the
in a hole and they couldn't overcome it in a rain-shortened game as the
posted a 5-3 victory.
The start of the rubber game of the three-game series was delayed one hour by rain and then was called in the bottom of the fifth inning after another delay of one hour and 47 minutes. It was the first rain-shortened game in Cincinnati since the Reds beat San Francisco in seven and a half innings on April 27, 2002.
"You hate to lose a four-and-a-half inning game when you're only down two runs, but it was raining too hard to continue," said Braves manager
Ken Griffey Jr. highlighted a five-run second inning with a two-run single and
(2-1) ended up with a complete game.
"I'll take a five-inning complete game," said Lidle, who allowed three runs and five hits.
Wright (1-1) didn't make it past the second inning.
drew a walk to start the second and
hit one-out singles to load the bases. A passed ball scored the first run and Wright walked Lidle to load the bases again. He then walked DeAngelo Jimenez to force in another run and Griffey followed with a two-run single.
"I didn't give them a chance to beat me," said Wright. "I was beating myself by walking them."
capped the inning with an RBI single, giving the Reds a 5-0 lead.
had an RBI double and
followed with a two-run double in the fourth inning to pull the Braves within 5-3.
"Give Cory credit," said Reds catcher LaRue. "When the ball is soaking wet, it's hard to put it where you want it. But he just let them put the ball in play and only gave one free pass (walk)."
This is the only time that the Braves visit Cincinnati this year. The teams will meet in Atlanta from September 21-23.