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Dunn hits 25th, Junior homers in fourth consecutive game

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CINCINNATI -- Adam Dunn wanted to see a few pitches from Jimmy Gobble. He jumped all over the fourth one.

Dunn took the first two pitches from the reliever for strikes and fouled off the third before lacing a line drive RBI double in the eighth inning that gave the Cincinnati Reds a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Ken Griffey Jr. homered for the fourth consecutive game and Felipe Lopez also hit a home run as the Reds weathered Kansas City's eighth-inning comeback from a three-run deficit to win consecutive games for the first time since June 8.

Pinch-hitter Javier Valentin singled off Elmer Dessens (4-7) with two outs in the eighth for the Reds. Ryan Freel ran for Valentin and stole second. Dessens walked Lopez and was replaced by the left-handed Gobble who gave up the hit that went over the head of right fielder Reggie Sanders.

"I probably shouldn't say this, and I'll probably get yelled at, but I've never faced that guy before and I wanted to see a pitch from him," said Dunn, who also hit his team-leading 25th homer. "It was a slider, right there. When I hit it, I thought it was right at him, but it must have had backspin or knuckled or something, and luckily, it went right over him. When they're close, Reggie usually gets those."

Sanders said the ball tailed on him.

"By the time I got into position, it was past me," he said.

David Weathers (3-2), recorded got two outs in the eighth, was the winner and Todd Coffey pitched the ninth for his seventh save in eight tries.

Cincinnati's last consecutive wins were at St. Louis on June 7, and at home over the Chicago Cubs on June 8. The Reds hadn't won back-to-back games on the same homestand since beating Milwaukee on May 22-23.

Kansas City's comeback cost Bronson Arroyo his 10th win of the season. Arroyo allowed two runs and five hits with five strikeouts. He matched his season high by giving up three walks.

"Sure, it irritates you, but that's not saying the guys in the bullpen aren't doing the best they can," Arroyo said of the blown save, adding he would have tried to pitch the eighth if the lead had been fewer than three runs. "If it was a one-run lead, I would've gone back out there, but the bullpen has been throwing better of late, and I thought three runs was a big enough lead."

"I think we all feel sick about Bronson not getting the win there," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "I would love to have kept him in nine innings and started him again (Friday) night."

Royals starter Bobby Keppel is still looking for his first major league win after allowing five hits, including the three homers, and four runs with one walk and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

Doug Mientkiewicz gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead in the first inning with his third homer. Griffey responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-run shot, his 16th of the season and 552nd of his career. Griffey is one game short of tying the club record for consecutive games with a home run, which was set by Ted Kluszewski in 1954 and tied by Johnny Bench in 1972 and Griffey in 2003.

Griffey shares the major league record for consecutive games with at least one home run with eight, in 1993.

The Reds took a 4-1 lead on back-to-back homers by Lopez and Dunn to lead off the third. Lopez's homer was his ninth of the season and second in two nights. Dunn leads the Reds and is tied with Milwaukee's Carlos Lee for third in the major leagues with 25 home runs.

The Royals batted around in the eighth while scoring three runs against Reds relievers Chris Hammond and Weathers to tie it. Mark Grudzielanek and Tony Graffanino each had a run-scoring single and Paul Bako tied the score with a sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • 2B Brandon Phillips became the first Reds player since Gary Redus in 1984 to be successful on his first 15 stolen-base attempts of a season. The last Red with more was Ken Griffey, who opened the 1980 season 19-for-19.
  • Keppel is the 353rd pitcher to give up a home run to Griffey Jr.
  • With one day left in the month, the Reds have set a club record for home runs in June with 44. The previous record was 43, set in 1957 and tied last season.
 
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Ken Griffey Jr. gets props after hitting his 16th home run of the season and 552nd of his career.  (AP)
Ken Griffey Jr. gets props after hitting his 16th home run of the season and 552nd of his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

A. Dunn
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

D. Mientkiewicz
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF-CF5120000 .290
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5011010 .284
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B5321001 .269
Emil Brown, RF-LF3110100 .284
Mark Teahen, 3B3010020 .244
   a- Reggie Sanders, PH-RF1010000 .250
Tony Graffanino, SS-3B3012100 .251
Paul Bako, C2001111 .244
Joey Gathright, CF3010103 .216
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Jimmy Gobble, P0000000 .000
Bob Keppel, P1000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P1000000 .000
   b- Esteban German, PH1000011 .333
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .000
   c- Angel Berroa, PH-SS1000003 .240
Totals345105459 
a-singled for Teahen in the 8th
b-struck out for Affeldt in the 7th
c-grounded out for Wellemeyer in the 8th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (9, Hammond)
HR - Doug Mientkiewicz (3, Arroyo)
SF - Paul Bako (1)
RBI - Mark Grudzielanek (23), Doug Mientkiewicz (31), Tony Graffanino 2 (25), Paul Bako (7)
2-OUT RBI - Doug Mientkiewicz (8)
CS - Tony Graffanino (3, 2nd base by Arroyo/Ross)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Reggie Sanders 1
E - Jeremy Affeldt (1, wild throw)
Kansas City Royals
Bob Keppel 2.1544213 5.50
Jeremy Affeldt 3.2110230 6.56
Todd Wellemeyer 1100110 4.45
Elmer Dessens (L,4-7) 0.2111100 4.22
Jimmy Gobble 0.1100000 3.76
Pitches-Strikes - Bob Keppel 56-27, Jeremy Affeldt 58-32, Todd Wellemeyer 20-13, Elmer Dessens 14-7, Jimmy Gobble 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bob Keppel 3-2, Jeremy Affeldt 5-4, Todd Wellemeyer 1-1, Elmer Dessens 2-0
Batters Faced - Bob Keppel 13, Jeremy Affeldt 15, Todd Wellemeyer 5, Elmer Dessens 4, Jimmy Gobble 1
Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez, SS3222114 .271
Adam Dunn, LF5122012 .228
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4112000 .263
Rich Aurilia, 3B2000210 .269
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4010011 .290
Austin Kearns, RF4010003 .272
Brandon Phillips, 2B3110101 .310
David Ross, C3000110 .311
Bronson Arroyo, P0000100 .171
    Chris Hammond, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   a- Javier Valentin, PH1010000 .216
    Ryan Freel, PR-LF0100000 .294
Totals296966511 
a-singled for Weathers in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam Dunn (13, Gobble), Austin Kearns (19, Affeldt)
HR - Felipe Lopez (9, Keppel), Adam Dunn (25, Keppel), Ken Griffey Jr. (16, Keppel)
SF - Felipe Lopez (1)
SH - Bronson Arroyo 2 (4)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (30), Adam Dunn 2 (48), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (14)
SB - Brandon Phillips (15, 2nd base off Keppel/Bako), Ryan Freel (18, 2nd base off Dessens/Bako)
PK - Brandon Phillips (1, Keppel)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Dunn 1
DP - Ross-F. Lopez
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo 7522351 2.58
Chris Hammond (H,6) 0.1333000 6.91
David Weathers (BS,6; W,3-2) 0.2200100 5.40
Todd Coffey (S,7) 1000000 2.55
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 108-66, Chris Hammond 14-11, David Weathers 22-14, Todd Coffey 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 6-8, Chris Hammond 1-0, David Weathers 1-1, Todd Coffey 2-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 27, Chris Hammond 4, David Weathers 5, Todd Coffey 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22093
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Rob Drake