MILWAUKEE -- Ken Griffey Jr. found his home run swing. The Milwaukee Brewers found a way to win.
Milwaukee rallied from a four-run deficit for its third consecutive victory, matching a season high set by winning the first three games of the year.
"It's a fun clubhouse right now," Miller said.
Griffey connected for a two-run shot off reliever Victor Santos in the fourth inning, ending his longest drought to start a season. Griffey did not homer in his first 21 games and 79 at-bats this year.
It was Griffey's first home run since last July 8, also in Milwaukee. That one came against Wes Obermueller, who started for the Brewers on Saturday.
"I think you guys make more out of it than me," Griffey said. "I haven't done anything different. I just went down and got one today."
Griffey, who tore his hamstring off the bone last August, also failed to hit a homer in 48 at-bats during spring training.
He sent a 3-1 pitch from Santos just over the center-field wall at Miller Park, which measures 400 feet. The home run was estimated at 401 feet, giving Cincinnati a 4-1 lead.
It was not the longest home run drought of Griffey's career. He went 101 at-bats without one from May 22 to June 20 in 1990 with Seattle.
"It was bound to happen," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "Hopefully, it will add up."
Carlos Lee opened the bottom half with a single off Joe Valentine (0-1), ending an 0-for-21 slump, and Lyle Overbay walked. Valentine's error on Chris Magruder's sacrifice loaded the bases with none out. After Branyan flied out to shallow right, Miller singled over Ryan Freel's head in right to win it.
"We manufactured a run," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "That was a huge win. That's the first time in a while where we battled back, especially from a four-run deficit."
Freel scored the first run in the first inning. He opened the game with a walk, stole second and third on consecutive pitches and scored on Casey's groundout.
Casey's first home run of the season gave the Reds a 2-0 lead in the third.
Three walks helped Milwaukee score in the third on an RBI groundout by Bill Hall.
Two wild pitches by Jorge De La Rosa allowed Freel to score in the seventh, making it 5-1. But the Brewers scored four times with two outs in the bottom half, tying it on Branyan's two-run double after Spivey's two-run single.
Reds starter Paul Wilson did not give up a hit until Hall's single with two outs in the fifth. But Wilson was lifted after walking six in six innings. He allowed one run and three hits.
|Ken Griffey Jr. keeps his eyes on his first home run since last July, also against Milwaukee. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ryan Freel, 2B-RF||3||2||0||0||2||1||3||.341|
|Ken Griffey Jr., CF||5||1||1||2||0||2||2||.244|
|Sean Casey, 1B||4||1||1||2||1||1||1||.276|
|Austin Kearns, RF||3||0||1||0||1||2||0||.238|
|Ryan Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kent Mercker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jacob Cruz, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Joe Valentine, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adam Dunn, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.292|
|Joe Randa, 3B||3||0||1||0||2||0||0||.269|
|Rich Aurilia, SS||4||0||1||0||1||0||6||.224|
|Jason LaRue, C||4||0||1||0||0||3||2||.224|
|Paul Wilson, P||3||1||1||0||0||2||2||.231|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.259|
|a-singled for Mercker in the 9th|
|2B - Austin Kearns (3, Obermueller)|
|HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (1, Santos), Sean Casey (1, Obermueller)|
|RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (9), Sean Casey 2 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (4), Sean Casey (3)|
|SB - Ryan Freel 3 (5, 2nd base off Obermueller/Moeller, 3rd base off Obermueller/Moeller, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Moeller)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|E - Joe Valentine (1, Wild throw)|
|Ryan Wagner (BS,1)||1||3||4||4||2||1||0||3.65|
|Joe Valentine (L,0-1)||0.1||2||1||1||1||0||0||6.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Wilson 103-56, Ryan Wagner 31-16, Kent Mercker 14-9, Joe Valentine 18-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Wilson 7-8, Ryan Wagner 1-1, Joe Valentine 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Paul Wilson 27, Ryan Wagner 8, Kent Mercker 4, Joe Valentine 5|
|Brady Clark, CF||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||.295|
|Bill Hall, SS-2B||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.229|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||4||1||0||0||1||2||4||.244|
|Derrick Turnbow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Lee, LF||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||.215|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||3||1||1||0||2||0||0||.310|
|Junior Spivey, 2B||3||1||2||2||1||1||0||.227|
|Ricky Bottalico, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Magruder, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Russell Branyan, 3B||2||0||1||2||3||0||3||.333|
|Chad Moeller, C||2||1||0||0||1||1||5||.095|
|a- Damian Miller, PH-C||2||0||1||1||0||1||1||.304|
|Wes Obermueller, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Victor Santos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|Julio Santana, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jeff Cirillo, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.191|
|Jorge De La Rosa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|a-struck out for Moeller in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Santos in the 5th|
|c-flied out for Santana in the 6th|
|2B - Lyle Overbay (6, Wilson), Russell Branyan (3, Wagner)|
|SH - Chris Magruder (1)|
|RBI - Bill Hall (3), Junior Spivey 2 (10), Russell Branyan 2 (14), Damian Miller (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Junior Spivey 2 (5), Russell Branyan 2 (7)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Jorge De La Rosa||1.1||0||1||1||3||2||0||4.09|
|Derrick Turnbow (W,1-1)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.59|
|WP - Jorge De La Rosa 2 (2), Derrick Turnbow (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wes Obermueller 75-43, Victor Santos 22-12, Julio Santana 9-7, Jorge De La Rosa 36-16, Ricky Bottalico 18-8, Derrick Turnbow 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wes Obermueller 2-3, Julio Santana 1-0, Jorge De La Rosa 1-1, Ricky Bottalico 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Wes Obermueller 18, Victor Santos 6, Julio Santana 3, Jorge De La Rosa 7, Ricky Bottalico 6, Derrick Turnbow 3|
|Attendance - 23880|
|Game Time - 3:18|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Mike Winters|