Cincinnati at Philadelphia

W: R. Ortiz (1-1) L: J. Lieber (5-2)
S: D. Graves (9)
HR: CIN - A. Dunn (9), A. Dunn (10), K. Griffey (4)   PHI - B. Abreu (8)

Dunn, Griffey homer to lift Reds to win over Phillies

CBS wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Adam Dunn snapped out of his slump in a big way.

Dunn homered in consecutive at-bats and tied his career high with five RBI, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the struggling Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

Dunn hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning and a tiebreaking three-run drive off Jon Lieber (5-2) in the sixth for his third multihomer game of the season.

Ken Griffey Jr. also homered and had three hits for the Reds, who won for just the third time in 14 games.

"I kind of had an idea of how he was trying to pitch to me," said Dunn, who came in with five hits in his previous 36 at-bats. "I swung hard in case I hit them."

Bobby Abreu homered for the fifth straight game for the Phillies, who have lost three in a row to drop to 15-21.

Cincinnati's Ramon Ortiz (1-1) allowed three runs, eight hits and struck out five in five innings in his third start since returning from the disabled list after being out with a groin injury.

Danny Graves pitched the final inning for his ninth save in 11 chances.

"Thankfully the bullpen protected the lead," Graves said. "It definitely builds confidence."

Lieber gave up six runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in his first seven starts.

Lieber ran into trouble in the sixth after walking Felipe Lopez and D'Angelo Jimenez to start the inning. After Sean Casey flied out, Griffey hit an RBI single to tie it at 3.

Dunn followed with his 10th homer, a towering drive to center field that traveled 448 feet and nearly landed in the Reds' bullpen.

"Two bad pitches I left over the plate and he's a very good hitter," Lieber said.

Philadelphia had the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth, but only scored one run.

Jimmy Rollins started the inning with a triple and Placido Polanco and Abreu walked. Pat Burrell's grounder to third base scored Rollins and forced out Polanco at third, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

Chase Utley followed with a single to right field, but Abreu was easily thrown out at the plate by Austin Kearns. Utley was caught trying to steal second to end the inning.

The Phillies had two other runners thrown out on the bases. Burrell was out trying to stretch a single into a double in the third and Abreu was picked off first base in the first.

"We were aggressive, but we've got to be smarter," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We had some chances to get a big hit, but just couldn't do it."

Philadelphia got to 6-5 in the seventh on Burrell's RBI single and a passed ball by catcher Javier Valentin that allowed Abreu to score.

Griffey's solo homer off Rheal Cormier in the eighth gave the Reds a two-run cushion.

Abreu had an RBI single in the first and hit his eighth homer in the third.

Dunn tied it at 2 in the fifth with his two-run shot into the right-field seats.

"He's capable of getting on a roll like that," Reds manager Dave Miley said.


  • Dick Allen (1969) and Mike Schmidt (1979) are the only other Phillies to homer in five straight games. The major league record is eight games by Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Griffey (1993).
  • The Reds are 4-11 on the road.
  • Dunn has 12 multihomer games in his career.
  • Griffey has homered in 39 major league stadiums.
  • Phillies C Mike Lieberthal left the game after he was hit in the right ring finger by a pitch in the eighth. X-rays on the finger were negative. He's two plate appearances short of meeting a clause in his contract that would guarantee his salary for 2006 at $7.5 million.
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Adam Dunn gets a tap on the helmet from Ken Griffey Jr. after hitting a two-run homer in the fifth. (AP)
Adam Dunn gets a tap on the helmet from Ken Griffey Jr. after hitting a two-run homer in the fifth. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Dunn
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2

K. Griffey
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1

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Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez, SS4100103 .308
D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B4110110 .213
Sean Casey, 1B5000003 .289
Ken Griffey Jr., CF5332000 .283
Adam Dunn, LF3225110 .264
Joe Randa, 3B3010121 .294
Austin Kearns, RF3010111 .213
Javier Valentin, C2000201 .207
Ramon Ortiz, P2000011 .000
   a- Ryan Freel, PH1000001 .316
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
   b- Jacob Cruz, PH1000013 .238
    Ryan Wagner, P0000000 .000
    Danny Graves, P0000000 .000
a-grounded into a double play for Ortiz in the 6th
b-struck out for Mercker in the 8th
2B - Austin Kearns (5, Lieber)
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (4, Cormier), Adam Dunn 2 (10, Lieber, Lieber)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (17), Adam Dunn 5 (22)
SB - Felipe Lopez (1, 2nd base off Lieber/Lieberthal), Adam Dunn (3, 2nd base off Cormier/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Adam Dunn 1, Austin Kearns 1
DP - Casey-F. Lopez
PB - Javier Valentin (1)
Cincinnati Reds
Ramon Ortiz (W,1-1) 5833501 6.75
David Weathers (H,3) 1.2111020 5.66
Kent Mercker (H,5) 0.1210000 2.20
Ryan Wagner (H,10) 1000110 4.58
Danny Graves (S,9) 1100110 3.45
IBB - Lieberthal by Ramon Ortiz
HBP - Lieberthal (by Ryan Wagner)
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 92-51, David Weathers 21-17, Kent Mercker 12-7, Ryan Wagner 19-8, Danny Graves 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 5-5, David Weathers 2-1, Ryan Wagner 1-1, Danny Graves 1-1
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 23, David Weathers 6, Kent Mercker 3, Ryan Wagner 5, Danny Graves 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110022 .228
Placido Polanco, 2B4220100 .253
Bobby Abreu, RF3232200 .313
Pat Burrell, LF5042000 .293
Chase Utley, 1B5010005 .301
Jason Michaels, CF5010014 .284
David Bell, 3B3000111 .213
Mike Lieberthal, C1000200 .232
    Randy Wolf, PR0000000 .077
    Todd Pratt, C0000000 .160
Jon Lieber, P2000003 .000
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Offerman, PH1000000 .154
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Howard, PH0000100 .053
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .500
a-grounded out for Fultz in the 7th
b-walked for Cormier in the 8th
2B - Placido Polanco (3, Ortiz), Jason Michaels (5, Ortiz)
3B - Jimmy Rollins (2, Ortiz)
HR - Bobby Abreu (8, Ortiz)
RBI - Bobby Abreu 2 (22), Pat Burrell 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu (7), Pat Burrell (17)
CS - Chase Utley (2, 2nd base by Ortiz/Valentin)
PK - Bobby Abreu (1, Ortiz)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Polanco-Rollins-Utley, Fultz-Lieberthal-Utley
Philadelphia Phillies
Jon Lieber (L,5-2) 5.1766352 3.31
Aaron Fultz 1.2000100 1.93
Rheal Cormier 1111321 5.19
Billy Wagner 1000000 0.59
IBB - Valentin by Aaron Fultz
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 98-63, Aaron Fultz 18-8, Rheal Cormier 37-16, Billy Wagner 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 5-5, Aaron Fultz 2-2, Billy Wagner 3-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 25, Aaron Fultz 5, Rheal Cormier 7, Billy Wagner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33663
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Brian Gorman