Cincinnati at Arizona

W: D. Weathers (5-1) L: L. Cormier (4-1)
S: K. Mercker (2)
HR: CIN - K. Griffey (17)   ARI - C. Counsell (7), T. Glaus (19)

Reds 4, Diamondbacks 3

CBS wire reports

PHOENIX -- With one dramatic swing Friday night, Ken Griffey Jr. offered a reminder that he still is a force in major league baseball.

The 35-year-old slugger, plagued by injuries in recent seasons and toiling for a last-place team, hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the eighth inning, then Rich Aurilia singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth to rally the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The home run pushed Griffey past 1,500 career RBI. The ball was retrieved, and given to him in exchange for an autographed baseball.

"I'm fortunate to have been healthy early in my career and put up some numbers," Griffey said. "For the last few years, it seems like I've just been putting along. The things that I've gone through the last four years, it does mean something."

Griffey's opposite-field shot off reliever Armando Almanza came after home runs by Craig Counsell and Troy Glaus gave Arizona a 3-0 lead.

"I would never be surprised when he comes through like that," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "He's had a career that is one of the best ever, and he is still a very, very good ballplayer."

Griffey also doubled, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He is 15-for-38 with three homers during that span.

Reliever Lance Cormier (4-1) walked Adam Dunn to open the Reds' ninth. Pinch-hitter Jacob Cruz singled, then Felipe Lopez grounded into a fielder's choice to put runners on first and third with two outs. Aurilia singled sharply to right for his third hit of the night to make it 4-3.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin used the words "terrible" and "demoralizing" to describe the loss.

"It's a game we should have won," Counsell said. "They got the big hits in the eighth and ninth, and we let it slip away."

David Weathers (5-1) pitched a scoreless eighth to get the victory. Kent Mercker pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in three tries.

"What I like to see is even though we're down, our guys are grindin'," Narron said. "Every manager in baseball likes to see guys that grind it out."

Cincinnati began the eighth-inning rally with a single by pinch-hitter Jason Romano, the first time the Reds put the leadoff man on all night.

After one out, Aurilia's bloop single put runners on first and second. Lopez, who reached on a fielder's choice, took third on Chris Snyder's passed ball, and there were runners at first and third with one out. Halsey got Sean Casey to pop out, but only after the Reds batter fouled off five pitches, then Melvin went with Almanza to face Griffey.

"My thinking was Griffey got some good swings off him," Melvin said. "I wanted to give him (Griffey) a different look. He'd just gotten an 11-pitch at bat off Casey, where he'd worked very hard. It doesn't work, but I thought it was the best move there."

Almanza, the third left-handed specialist given a try by the Diamondbacks this season, made his second appearance in as many nights since joining the team.

The count ran to 3-2 when Griffey slammed one into the opposite field seats, his 17th home run of the season. The three RBI gave Griffey 58 this season and 1,502 for his career.

Halsey, who received a standing ovation when he left with the 3-0 lead, allowed two runs in a career-high 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four, walked none and hit a batter.

"It's bittersweet," Halsey said. "I've been pitching pretty bad. It's good to feel good out there again, but to lose a game like that is tough."

Counsell opened the first with a home run off Ramon Ortiz that barely cleared the fence in right field. His shot came two years to the day after his last leadoff homer - for Arizona against visiting Colorado on July 8, 2003.

The Diamondbacks added two more in the third. Luis Gonzalez singled, then Glaus lined a 2-2 pitch from his former Angels teammate Ortiz into the left field seats for his team-high 19th homer.

Ortiz gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out two, walking three and hitting a batter.

Ortiz gave us, striking out two, walking three and hitting a batter.


Arizona 1B Chad Tracy made a sliding catch of Joe Randa's pop foul in the dirt near the stands in the second. ... Ortiz, who had three hits in 24 at bats coming into the game, was 2-for-2, including his second double of the season. ... The Reds have won just 10 road games, but three have come in the last five days.

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Joe Randa, 3B4010001 .302
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   a- Jason Romano, PH-RF1010000 .276
   b- Jacob Cruz, PH-RF1010000 .234
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HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (17, Almanza)
RBI - Rich Aurilia (31), Ken Griffey Jr. 3 (58)
2-OUT RBI - Rich Aurilia (11), Ken Griffey Jr. 3 (26)
CS - Ken Griffey Jr. (1, 3rd base by Halsey/Snyder)
Team LOB - 8
DP - F. Lopez-Aurilia-Casey
E - Ramon Ortiz (2, throwing error)
Cincinnati Reds
Ramon Ortiz 7633322 6.35
David Weathers (W,5-1) 1100110 3.57
Kent Mercker (S,2) 1000010 2.72
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 9-9, David Weathers 1-1, Kent Mercker 1-1
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 30, David Weathers 5, Kent Mercker 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B5111002 .277
Chad Tracy, 1B4010100 .305
Luis Gonzalez, LF3110101 .289
Troy Glaus, 3B4112013 .262
Shawn Green, RF4020002 .282
Alex Cintron, SS4000004 .284
Jose Cruz Jr., CF2000200 .218
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Chris Snyder, C2000011 .218
   a- Tony Clark, PH1000012 .319
    Kelly Stinnett, C0000000 .324
Brad Halsey, P3010002 .061
    Armando Almanza, P0000000 .000
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .250
    Quinton McCracken, CF1000010 .210
a-struck out for Snyder in the 8th
HR - Craig Counsell (7, Ortiz), Troy Glaus (19, Ortiz)
RBI - Craig Counsell (30), Troy Glaus 2 (53)
SB - Chad Tracy (2, 2nd base off Ortiz/LaRue)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Counsell-Cintron-Tracy
PB - Chris Snyder (3)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brad Halsey 7.2822040 4.26
Armando Almanza (BS,1)0211001 27.00
Lance Cormier (L,4-1) 1211120 2.77
Jose Valverde 0.1000000 3.99
HBP - LaRue (by Brad Halsey)
WP - Armando Almanza (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Halsey 103-73, Armando Almanza 8-4, Lance Cormier 24-15, Jose Valverde 3-3
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Game Information
Attendance - 23267
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Andy Fletcher