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Griffey hits pair of homers, including go-ahead shot in ninth vs. Cards

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Two years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 500th home run at old Busch Stadium. His first game at new Busch was pretty memorable, too.

Griffey hit a go-ahead three-run homer off Jason Isringhausen in the ninth inning after tying a major league record by homering in his 43rd stadium earlier in the game, leading the Cincinnati Reds past the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Monday night.

"He's the one guy we've got that has a chance to hit outstanding pitching no matter who it is," manager Jerry Narron said. "There are a lot of guys that get numbers off mediocre guys, and this is a guy that has never done that.

"He's gotten numbers off everybody."

Griffey added new Busch Stadium to his lengthy list with a solo shot in the fifth off Jeff Suppan. He hit his 10th homer with one out in the ninth to erase a 7-5 deficit for the Reds, who have won five straight.

Isringhausen (1-3) leads the NL with 18 saves but has allowed four homers in 23 innings and has blown saves in two of his last three appearances.

"I was terrible tonight," Isringhausen said. "I didn't have a feel for anything. I was fighting everything about myself, and when you're facing major league hitters you're going to get beat."

Juan Encarnacion and pinch-hitter Chris Duncan hit two-run homers and Yadier Molina also homered for the Cardinals, who are 1-1 since Albert Pujols went on the disabled list with a pulled muscle in his right side. They've scored 16 runs without him.

Griffey's second homer denied Suppan, who allowed three runs in six innings, his 100th career victory in his third attempt.

"He's a phenomenal player," Suppan said. "He's all-century."

Felipe Lopez doubled off Isringhausen with one out in the ninth for his fourth hit of the game. Rich Aurilia followed with a walk and the runners moved up on a wild pitch. Griffey's homer came on a full count.

"I was in pretty good position to hit, knowing I couldn't hit into a double play," Griffey said. "I just settled down and got a pitch not in the zone that he wanted and I just happened to hit it out."

Griffey tied a major league record set by Fred McGriff, and has connected in every existing ballpark. He was on the disabled list in mid-April when the Reds played at new Busch for the first time.

"I knew coming in here this was the last one," Griffey said. "It's just one of those things that happened, and I'm glad it's over with."

Esteban Yan (1-0) allowed one run in two innings, a homer by Yadier Molina in the eighth that put the Cardinals ahead 7-5. Todd Coffey got the last three outs for his third save in four chances.

Griffey has 53 career multihomer games and is 12th on the career homer list, two behind Mike Schmidt. He also doubled in the third and has 1,017 career extra-base hits, two ahead of Schmidt for 22nd place.

Encarnacion, who moved up to fourth in the order on Monday, has four hits and four RBI the last two games and his eighth homer gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead in the fifth.

Duncan, the son of pitching coach Dave Duncan, was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday to replace Pujols. He has two homers and five RBI in only seven at-bats after connecting off Rick White in the sixth to put the Cardinals ahead 6-3.

Jim Edmonds replaced Pujols at first base for the second straight game and was 0-for-3 with a walk. Scott Rolen, whose been in Pujols' third slot in both games since the injury, had an RBI single in the first to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and walked twice.

So Taguchi, who has started eight of the last nine games in center field for St. Louis, saved a run in the fourth when he threw out David Ross trying to score on Lopez' two-out single.

Notes

  • Home plate umpire Derryl Cousins took an errant fastball from Yan right off his shoulder and mask in the seventh after the pitch eluded Ross. He dropped to a knee for a time but stayed in the game.
  • Reds starter Brandon Claussen is 1-3 with a 5.63 ERA against the Cardinals.
  • After the game the Red optioned RHP Justin Germano to Triple-A Louisville and Narron said the team would purchase the contract of RHP Joe Mays.
 
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The Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. is just two homers away from tying Mike Schmidt on the career home run list.  (AP)
The Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. is just two homers away from tying Mike Schmidt on the career home run list. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

K. Griffey
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Cincinnati

F. Lopez
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez, SS5242001 .288
Rich Aurilia, 3B3011102 .256
    Ryan Freel, PR-LF0100000 .265
Ken Griffey Jr., CF5234001 .287
Adam Dunn, LF3000221 .232
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
Austin Kearns, RF5110013 .289
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4010002 .275
Brandon Phillips, 2B4121000 .303
David Ross, C3110101 .333
Brandon Claussen, P1000003 .111
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH1000000 .171
    Esteban Yan, P0000000 .000
   b- Javier Valentin, PH1000000 .226
    Edwin Encarnacion, 3B0000000 .273
Totals3581384314 
a-flied out for White in the 7th
b-flied out for Yan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (11, Isringhausen), Ken Griffey Jr. (6, Suppan), Austin Kearns (16, Looper)
3B - Felipe Lopez (1, Hancock)
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (10, Suppan, Isringhausen)
SF - Rich Aurilia (3)
SH - Brandon Claussen (3)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (22), Rich Aurilia (18), Ken Griffey Jr. 4 (34), Brandon Phillips (33)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (6), Brandon Phillips (13)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-F. Lopez-Hatteberg
E - Rich Aurilia (3, Wild throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Claussen 5543341 5.40
Rick White 1122111 7.25
Esteban Yan (W,1-0) 2111101 6.15
Todd Coffey (S,3) 1000010 1.91
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Claussen 107-68, Rick White 18-10, Esteban Yan 18-9, Todd Coffey 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Claussen 4-7, Rick White 1-1, Esteban Yan 5-0, Todd Coffey 2-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Claussen 23, Rick White 5, Esteban Yan 7, Todd Coffey 3
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5110001 .322
So Taguchi, CF3100100 .288
   a- John Rodriguez, PH1000010 .323
Scott Rolen, 3B2111200 .335
Juan Encarnacion, RF4122002 .254
Jim Edmonds, 1B3000111 .252
Hector Luna, LF-2B4000023 .296
Yadier Molina, C4111000 .204
Aaron Miles, 2B3100110 .284
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .500
Jeff Suppan, P2010010 .105
   b- Chris Duncan, PH1112000 .429
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .500
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Timo Perez, LF1000000 .200
Totals33776567 
a-struck out for Taguchi in the 9th
b-homered for Suppan in the 6th
Batting
HR - Juan Encarnacion (8, Claussen), Yadier Molina (1, Yan), Chris Duncan (2, White)
RBI - Scott Rolen (34), Juan Encarnacion 2 (28), Yadier Molina (20), Chris Duncan 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Encarnacion 2 (13), Yadier Molina (12), Chris Duncan 2 (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - So Taguchi 1
DP - Miles-Eckstein-Edmonds, Eckstein-Luna-Edmonds
St. Louis Cardinals
Jeff Suppan 6833221 5.01
Josh Hancock (H,3) 0.2111000 3.03
Randy Flores (H,7) 0.2000010 3.57
Braden Looper (H,8) 0.2211000 3.75
Jason Isringhausen (BS,4; L,1-3) 0.1233201 3.91
Brad Thompson 0.2000000 2.39
WP - Jason Isringhausen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 97-56, Josh Hancock 7-7, Randy Flores 5-4, Braden Looper 11-7, Jason Isringhausen 30-14, Brad Thompson 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 10-4, Brad Thompson 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 26, Josh Hancock 3, Randy Flores 2, Braden Looper 4, Jason Isringhausen 5, Brad Thompson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 43707
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Joe Brinkman, Third Base - Jeff Nelson