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Griffey's three-run homer helps Reds score season-high 15 runs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Back home at Great American Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds quickly started hitting.

Ken Griffey Jr.'s three-run homer got Cincinnati rolling in a five-run first inning Monday night, and the Reds set a season high for scoring to back Bronson Arroyo in a 15-5 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers.

One day after Cincinnati lost 1-0 at Detroit, Austin Kearns added a two-run shot to help Arroyo (6-2) rebound from a rocky start in Pittsburgh last Wednesday. David Ross set a career high with four RBI, Brandon Phillips had a career-high four hits and Adam Dunn also homered.

"I haven't been here long enough to tell, but it seems like the guys like to hit in this ballpark," said Arroyo, acquired from Boston during spring training.

Arroyo, who was 0-2 and had allowed 26 hits in 20 innings over his last three starts, gave up one run and six hits in seven innings to lower his NL-best ERA to 2.29. The right-hander improved to 3-0 with a 0.58 ERA this season when he faces a team for the second time.

"He does what he always does -- he competed," said Ross, another spring training acquisition who has caught all 10 of Arroyo's starts this season. "I think he had the sharpest stuff he's had for the last two or three outings."

Arroyo admitted to being anxious to get back out on the mound after the Pirates tagged him for nine hits and four runs in six innings of a 7-2 loss.

"I was, especially with an extra day's rest," he said. "You don't get to enjoy those too often. I was anxious to get out there today and have a good one."

The Reds set their previous season high for runs in a 12-8 win at Milwaukee on April 20. Their 15 runs Monday were their most since a 17-3 win over Arizona last Aug. 19.

"They're never laughers, but it's nice to score that many runs," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "You give Bronson five runs, and he knows what to do. He knows how to hold it."

Griffey gave the Reds a 3-0 lead with a 407-foot shot to center off starter David Bush, Griffey's fifth homer this season and second in three games. The home run was the 541st for Griffey, seven short of tying Mike Schmidt for 11th place on the career list.

Bush (3-5) became the 345th pitcher to give up a homer to Griffey

After Dunn walked, Kearns hit an opposite-field homer to right for his ninth of the season.

Milwaukee scored in the second on doubles by Prince Fielder and Corey Koskie, but the Reds loaded the bases with two outs in the third and Ross drove in two runs with a soft line drive down the left-field line.

Dunn hit his 16th homer, a three-run drive to center, and Ross added his second two-run double as the Reds sent 10 batters to the plate in a six-run sixth.

"My offense was just a little bleep on the map with all these guys," Ross said.

Bush, who threw a shutout against the Reds in an 11-0 win on April 22 at Milwaukee, gave up seven hits and seven runs with six strikeouts in four innings, his shortest outing in 10 starts this season. He matched his season high with three walks while falling to 1-4 in his last six starts.

"I felt good warming up," Bush said. "I didn't throw good pitches. I wish I had some answers for you. I've struggled the last three or four starts. We all have things we need to work on. I'll do something different next time."

Bill Hall homered for Milwaukee leading off the ninth, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games.

Notes

  • Griffey's three RBI gave him 1,557, moving him past Willie McCovey into 28th place on the career list. He needs 18 to tie Sammy Sosa for 27th.
  • The extra-base hit was the 1,011th of Griffey's career, matching Rogers Hornsby for 23rd place. Schmidt is 22nd with 1,015.
  • Brewers CF Brady Clark batted second for only the second time this season. His steal of second in the first inning was his first stolen base of the season.
  • Ross has 12 RBI. His career high is 18 with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2003.
 
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Ken Griffey Jr. adds two defensive gems to his three-run home run in the Reds' dominant win.  (AP)
Ken Griffey Jr. adds two defensive gems to his three-run home run in the Reds' dominant win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4110022 .293
Brady Clark, CF-LF3110000 .265
Geoff Jenkins, RF4111011 .273
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
Carlos Lee, LF4001011 .273
    Jeff Cirillo, SS0000000 .383
Prince Fielder, 1B4130010 .323
Bill Hall, SS-CF4111013 .293
Corey Koskie, 3B4011012 .288
Chad Moeller, C4010001 .265
Dave Bush, P1000012 .211
   a- Corey Hart, PH1000000 .286
    Chris Demaria, P0000000 .000
    Justin Lehr, P0000000 .000
   b- Gabe Gross, PH-RF2000000 .218
Totals355940812 
a-grounded out for Bush in the 5th
b-flied out for Lehr in the 8th
Batting
2B - Geoff Jenkins (12, Burns), Prince Fielder (12, Arroyo), Corey Koskie (16, Arroyo), Chad Moeller (2, Arroyo)
HR - Bill Hall (10, Shackelford)
RBI - Geoff Jenkins (30), Carlos Lee (39), Bill Hall (21), Corey Koskie (17)
SB - Brady Clark (1, 2nd base off Arroyo/Ross)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Chris Demaria (1, wild throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush (L,3-5) 4777362 5.06
Chris Demaria 1.2353241 5.93
Justin Lehr 1.1533120 8.62
Jose Capellan 1000010 4.74
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 96-59, Chris Demaria 53-30, Justin Lehr 46-27, Jose Capellan 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 2-4, Chris Demaria 1-1, Jose Capellan 1-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 22, Chris Demaria 11, Justin Lehr 10, Jose Capellan 3
Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez, SS4310220 .303
Brandon Phillips, 2B5341000 .308
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4113013 .244
    Ryan Freel, CF1000012 .240
Adam Dunn, LF3213111 .231
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH-LF1011000 .206
Austin Kearns, RF4222120 .290
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3221110 .297
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4110113 .263
David Ross, C5024011 .298
Bronson Arroyo, P4100033 .071
    Mike Burns, P0000000 .000
   b- Javier Valentin, PH1000000 .235
    Brian Shackelford, P0000000 .000
Totals3915151561313 
a-singled for Dunn in the 7th
b-flied out for Burns in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Hatteberg (10, Demaria), David Ross 2 (4, Bush, Lehr)
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (5, Bush), Adam Dunn (16, Demaria), Austin Kearns (9, Bush)
SF - Scott Hatteberg (2)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (31), Ken Griffey Jr. 3 (21), Adam Dunn 3 (31), Quinton McCracken (2), Austin Kearns 2 (29), Scott Hatteberg (9), David Ross 4 (12)
2-OUT RBI - David Ross 4 (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-F. Lopez-Hatteberg
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (W,6-2) 7611060 2.29
Mike Burns 1233010 8.71
Brian Shackelford 1111011 8.31
HBP - Clark (by Mike Burns)
WP - Mike Burns (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 101-67, Mike Burns 33-20, Brian Shackelford 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 5-9, Mike Burns 1-1, Brian Shackelford 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 26, Mike Burns 6, Brian Shackelford 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16567
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marty Foster