Pete Rose, the player, didn't want to attend the team meeting he called as Pete Rose, the manager.
He didn't care what the players said to each other.
"I wanted the players to talk things over without any front office people there so they could say what they wanted," Rose said.
When the game began, however, it was Rose who spoke loudest, hitting a three-run, two-out single that helped Cincinnati beat the Mets, 3-2, in New York yesterday and hand Dwight Gooden his first 1986 loss.
The victory was only the third in 19 games for the Reds, who had lost three in a row. The loss stopped a seven-game winning streak for New York.
"I made a lot of mistakes with my location," Gooden said.
Gooden (5-1) left after only five innings -- his earliest exit of the season. The Reds had all eight of their hits off Gooden and scored all three of their runs in the second inning on Rose's single.
In that inning, Bo Diaz and Ron Oester reached on consecutive singles. Eddie Milner walked to load the bases, bringing up Rose. With the runners going on a 3-2 pitch, Rose delivered his 4,209th career hit, which glanced off second baseman Tim Teufel's glove. By the time right fielder Darryl Strawberry retrieved the ball and threw home, all three runners had scored.
Bill Gullickson (2-3) gave up four hits in five innings for the victory -- the second consecutive time he has halted a Reds losing streak.
*Expos 4, Dodgers 3: In Montreal, Tim Raines hit an RBI single and ended the game by throwing out Steve Sax at the plate as the Expos beat Los Angeles and extended their winning streak to eight games.
With the Dodgers trailing by a run, Sax singled in the ninth and stole second. Bill Madlock then singled sharply to left, and Raines charged the ball and unleashed a perfect, one-hop throw to catcher Mike Fitzgerald that nailed Sax.
*Pirates 4, Astros 3: Bill Almon's inside-the-park home run with one out in the 12th inning gave the Pirates and reliever Jose DeLeon the victory over Houston in Pittsburgh.
Almon's hit into the right field corner off reliever Charles Kerfeld (3-1) rebounded off the wall and eluded Terry Puhl, who slipped chasing the ball. Almon scored standing up for his fifth homer of the season.
DeLeon (1-0) allowed one hit over 3 2/3 innings in making his first appearance since being called up from the minors last week. He was 2-19 for Pittsburgh last season.
*Phillies 2, Braves 1: Ron Roenicke's two-out single in the ninth scored Von Hayes from second as Philadelphia won in Atlanta.
With the score tied, Hayes led off the ninth with a double to left off reliever Craig McMurtry (1-2). Darren Daulton followed with a walk. Two outs later, Roenicke hit to right to score Hayes and make a winner of Steve Bedrosian (2-1).
*Cardinals 4, Giants 3: Willie McGee capitalized on an outfield misplay to score the tie-breaking run on Tito Landrum's eighth-inning sacrifice fly and help the Cardinals beat San Francisco in St. Louis.
*Cubs 9, Padres 5: Bobby Dernier drove in two runs and stole home and Davey Lopes homered to give the Cubs the victory over San Diego in Chicago.