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Griffey singles home winner as Reds win in ninth inning

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. dramatically ended his slump at the expense of a closer who finds things getting worse every time he gets to the mound.

Griffey's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 victory Friday night over the Milwaukee Brewers, who overcame a nearly three-hour rain delay at the outset but couldn't handle another meltdown by their closer.

The Brewers took a 5-3 lead into the ninth, but Derrick Turnbow (4-7) couldn't throw a strike, helping the Reds rally for their sixth victory in their eight games since the All-Star break.

"Wow," Griffey said. "It's been a long day. I'm glad it's over with."

This one ended at 1:15 a.m. EDT, with a few thousand fans in the stands and the Brewers expecting an entirely different outcome.

Instead, Turnbow blew his fifth straight save opportunity by giving up a leadoff single to Brandon Phillips, then loading the bases with one out on a pair of four-pitch walks. At that point, manager Ned Yost had seen enough.

He brought in left-hander Dana Eveland, who has one career save. Eveland walked Javier Valentin to force in a run, and the slumping Griffey -- 0-for-13 since his single last Sunday -- hit one into the gap in left-center that the discouraged outfielders didn't bother to chase.

There was no point.

"All I had to do was get a ball in the air and hit a sacrifice fly to tie it," Griffey said. "I just hit it in the gap."

It was the final straw for Yost, who plans to take Turnbow out of the closer's role for now.

"He's really fighting himself," Yost said. "We'll give him a break."

Turnbow didn't object when told of Yost's plans.

"I feel confident, but I'm not making confident pitches," Turnbow said. "I've got to find it. They haven't talked to me about it. I'll understand. I don't want to cost the team games."

Gary Majewski (4-3), acquired in an eight-player trade with Washington a week ago, pitched the ninth for his first win with Cincinnati, which pulled off its second early morning comeback in three days.

The Reds overcame a 4-0 deficit and a 2-hour, 23-minute rain delay on Wednesday, rallying to beat the Mets 7-4 in a game that ended at 12:28 a.m.

"We're pretty good after midnight," manager Jerry Narron said. "I didn't know we were this good after 1 a.m, though. It was nice to see (Griffey) get that hit. I sure didn't want to play until 3 a.m."

A thunderstorm and lingering rain delayed the start by 2 hours, 55 minutes -- the type of interruption that can knock a pitcher out of whack. But Brewers All-Star starter Chris Capuano was sharp from his long-awaited first pitch -- a strike that Ryan Freel grounded right back to him.

The left-hander limited the Reds to six hits, including Jason LaRue's solo homer and Edwin Encarnacion's two-run shot, before leaving with two outs in the seventh and a 5-3 lead. He walked two and struck out four, a major improvement over his last outing.

Capuano was coming off the worst of his 20 starts, an 8-1 loss at Arizona last Sunday in which he gave up eight runs in only 3 2/3 innings. The drubbing ended his streak of five wins.

At that point, it was up to Turnbow to finish it off. He couldn't, throwing only six strikes out of 17 pitches.

The light-hitting Capuano added a run-scoring single off Elizardo Ramirez, who was uncharacteristically off-target after the long delay. Ramirez gave up five runs and a career-high 11 hits in only five innings.

Damian Miller snapped an 0-for-15 slump with a single in his first at-bat, then doubled home a run the next time up. A two-run double by Gabe Gross made it 5-0 in the fifth inning.

Cincinnati's Rich Aurilia had a single off Capuano that extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games, matching Felipe Lopez for the longest by a Reds player this season. Lopez went to Washington in that eight-player trade.

Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch and singled, extending his hitting streak to eight games. The first baseman is 13-for-27 during the first seven games of the Brewers' nine-game trip.


  • Brewers RF Geoff Jenkins turned 32 on Friday. He went 1-for-4.
  • Capuano is 6-for-42 with two RBI and 22 strikeouts.
  • SS Royce Clayton has hit in all six games since he came to the Reds in the eight-player deal with Washington.
  • RHP Joe Mays is scheduled to start Saturday, ending his long layoff. Mays, the Reds' fifth starter, hasn't pitched since July 6. Mays has made three starts this season, going 1-0 with an 8.82 ERA.
  • Only standing-room tickets are left for Saturday's game, which will be Cincinnati's fourth home sellout this season. The Reds are 0-3 before a full house.
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It's a big love-fest at Great American Ballpark, as players mill around Griffey Jr. after he wins it.  (AP)
It's a big love-fest at Great American Ballpark, as players mill around Griffey Jr. after he wins it. (AP)

Players of the Game

K. Griffey
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0

G. Gross
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5120012 .280
Jeff Cirillo, 3B5020001 .322
Geoff Jenkins, RF4110012 .269
Carlos Lee, LF4000003 .288
Prince Fielder, 1B3210011 .282
Gabe Gross, CF3122001 .268
   a- Brady Clark, PH-CF1000000 .278
Bill Hall, SS4000023 .263
Damian Miller, C4021010 .263
Chris Capuano, P3011011 .143
    Rick Helling, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
   b- Anthony Gwynn, PH1010000 .500
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
    Dana Eveland, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Gross in the 8th
b-singled for Wise in the 9th
2B - Rickie Weeks (14, Ramirez), Gabe Gross (7, Ramirez), Damian Miller (23, Ramirez)
RBI - Gabe Gross 2 (29), Damian Miller (29), Chris Capuano (2)
2-OUT RBI - Gabe Gross 2 (9), Chris Capuano (1)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Hall-Weeks-Fielder
E - Prince Fielder (7, Missed catch on pickoff attempt)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano 6.2633242 3.49
Rick Helling (H,2) 0.1000110 4.82
Brian Shouse (H,10) 0.2000000 2.84
Matt Wise (H,12) 0.1000100 4.28
Derrick Turnbow (H,2; L,4-7) 0.1133200 6.18
Dana Eveland (BS,1)0100100 8.13
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 97-60, Rick Helling 12-5, Brian Shouse 8-5, Matt Wise 8-4, Derrick Turnbow 17-6, Dana Eveland 6-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 12-3, Derrick Turnbow 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 27, Rick Helling 2, Brian Shouse 2, Matt Wise 2, Derrick Turnbow 4, Dana Eveland 2
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, RF3100201 .297
Royce Clayton, SS4010023 .277
   a- Javier Valentin, PH0001100 .229
Ken Griffey Jr., CF5012001 .244
Adam Dunn, LF4000021 .243
Rich Aurilia, 1B2110210 .285
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4112002 .291
Brandon Phillips, 2B4120000 .291
Jason LaRue, C3111001 .203
   b- Scott Hatteberg, PH0100100 .314
Elizardo Ramirez, P0000100 .136
   c- Chris Denorfia, PH1000000 .267
    Jason Standridge, P0000000 .000
   d- Juan Castro, PH1010000 .250
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
   e- Dewayne Wise, PH0000000 .091
a-walked for Clayton in the 9th
b-walked for LaRue in the 9th
c-grounded out for Ramirez in the 5th
d-singled for Standridge in the 7th
e-hit a sacrifice bunt for Majewski in the 9th
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (7, Capuano), Jason LaRue (5, Capuano)
SH - Dewayne Wise (1)
RBI - Javier Valentin (16), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (53), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (41), Jason LaRue (17)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Ken Griffey Jr. 1
DP - Aurilia-Clayton-Ramirez
E - Ken Griffey Jr. (4, Wild throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Elizardo Ramirez 51155010 4.43
Jason Standridge 2000030 4.63
Bill Bray 1000020 3.71
Gary Majewski (W,4-3) 1100010 4.17
HBP - Fielder (by Elizardo Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Elizardo Ramirez 76-53, Jason Standridge 29-19, Bill Bray 18-13, Gary Majewski 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Elizardo Ramirez 6-6, Jason Standridge 3-0, Bill Bray 1-0, Gary Majewski 2-0
Batters Faced - Elizardo Ramirez 25, Jason Standridge 6, Bill Bray 3, Gary Majewski 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19677
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Jim Reynolds