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Griffey ties Jackson as 563rd homer propels Reds past Cubs

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CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. needed just one swing to remind everybody of his Hall of Fame credentials.

He moved into 10th place on baseball's career home-run list with a three-run, pinch-hit shot in the eighth inning Monday that lifted the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Griffey, in his first appearance after missing 17 games with a toe injury, hit a 1-1 pitch from left-hander Scott Eyre (1-3) into the right-field seats for his 27th homer this season and 563rd of his career, tying Reggie Jackson on the home run list.

"That's why he's in the Hall of Fame -- or will be," Reds manager Jerry Narron said.

It was the fifth pinch-hit homer of Griffey's career. The next player to catch on the home-run list is Rafael Palmeiro at No. 9 with 569.

Griffey hadn't played since dislocating the second toe of his right foot while trying to climb the wall and catch a homer by Barry Bonds on Sept. 4 at Great American Ball Park. Monday's homer was his first in 39 at-bats since Aug. 25 at San Francisco.

"I'm still part of this team," said Griffey, who limped around the bases and answered a curtain call. "I still can help the team, mentally or physically.

"Reggie's always been pretty good to me," he said. "The things he's done -- it's an honor in itself. I'd like to have the title 'Mr. October.' I think everybody in the locker room would like to have that title."

Eyre, who struck out Adam Dunn to end Cincinnati's two-run seventh, got Edwin Encarnacion to ground out to start the eighth. Brandon Phillips walked and Norris Hopper delivered a pinch-hit single. David Ross struck out, and Griffey, who was 7-for-20 with three home runs in his career against Eyre, batted for pitcher Scott Schoeneweis.

"I was going to come up a couple of innings before that, but they didn't get to me," Griffey said. "They said, 'If a guy gets on, you're hitting.' I was really trying not to embarrass myself."

"Griffey's a pretty amazing guy," said Chicago manager Dusty Baker, who also managed Bonds in San Francisco. "He hasn't swung the bat in a couple of weeks. Only him and Barry Bonds could do that. I wouldn't have minded if he stayed on the bench for the rest of my career."

Schoeneweis (2-0) got two outs in the eighth to earn the win. David Weathers pitched the ninth for his team-leading 12th save.

Griffey's homer cost Wade Miller his first win since beating Kansas City 8-5 for Boston on Aug. 3, 2005. The right-hander, in his fourth start after missing the first five months of the season because of shoulder surgery, allowed three hits and three walks.

Cincinnati put at least one runner on base in every inning against Miller, but none got past second base.

Bronson Arroyo lasted seven innings, giving up only four hits and no earned runs with two walks and five strikeouts. The right-hander, Miller's teammate with the Red Sox last season, fell short in his second try at a career-high 15 wins. He won 14 with Boston last season.

"That's one of those no-decisions that feels like a win," Arroyo said.

The Cubs took advantage of errors on back-to-back batters to score four unearned runs in the first inning. Shortstop Rich Aurilia was unable to make a barehanded grab of Matt Murton's slow grounder, loading the bases. Angel Pagan hit a one-hopper to Arroyo, but Ross dropped Arroyo's throw to the plate, allowing Juan Pierre to score. Aramis Ramirez scored on John Mabry's groundout, and Henry Blanco lined a two-run single to left.

Aurilia broke up the shutout with a two-run single to right off Michael Wuertz with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Notes

  • Weathers celebrated his 37th birthday Monday.
  • Reds infielder Juan Castro signed a two-year contract extension through 2008.
  • The Reds finished 42-39 at home for the second consecutive season. They drew 2,134,472, an average of 26,352. Their total attendance was an increase of 16,278 over last season.
  • The Cubs finished 30-51 on the road, their worst road record since going 27-54 in 2000.
 
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Ken Griffey Jr. clubs his 27th home run of the season, his first since one month ago.  (AP)
Ken Griffey Jr. clubs his 27th home run of the season, his first since one month ago. (AP)

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Cincinnati

K. Griffey
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

J. Pierre
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF5120000 .291
Ryan Theriot, 2B4000012 .325
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3110100 .290
Matt Murton, LF4110011 .294
Angel Pagan, RF3100101 .251
John Mabry, 1B4001023 .206
Henry Blanco, C4012023 .260
Ronny Cedeno, SS2000110 .244
   a- Scott Moore, PH1000010 .269
Wade Miller, P2000012 .167
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .200
   b- Freddie Bynum, PH1000000 .252
    David Aardsma, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P00000001.000
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   c- Jacque Jones, PH1000000 .284
Totals344533912 
a-struck out for Cedeno in the 9th
b-popped out for Novoa in the 7th
c-lined out for Eyre in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (37, Coffey), Matt Murton (20, Arroyo)
3B - Juan Pierre (13, Arroyo)
RBI - John Mabry (21), Henry Blanco 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Henry Blanco 2 (16)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago Cubs
Wade Miller 5300320 3.57
Roberto Novoa 1000010 4.26
David Aardsma 0.2022200 4.35
Will Ohman0000100 4.22
Michael Wuertz0100000 2.63
Scott Eyre (BS,3; L,1-3) 1.1233121 3.23
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miller 86-44, Roberto Novoa 10-7, David Aardsma 21-11, Will Ohman 5-1, Michael Wuertz 5-3, Scott Eyre 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miller 1-12, Roberto Novoa 1-1, David Aardsma 1-1, Scott Eyre 2-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miller 21, Roberto Novoa 3, David Aardsma 4, Will Ohman 1, Michael Wuertz 1, Scott Eyre 7
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Denorfia, CF4100110 .244
Scott Hatteberg, 1B2020100 .291
   a- Royce Clayton, PH-SS0000100 .258
Rich Aurilia, SS-1B4012003 .296
Adam Dunn, LF3000123 .237
    Dewayne Wise, LF0000000 .219
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3000111 .285
Brandon Phillips, 2B3110101 .281
Todd Hollandsworth, RF3000003 .245
   b- Norris Hopper, PH-RF1110000 .290
David Ross, C4000015 .253
Bronson Arroyo, P2000000 .114
   c- Ray Olmedo, PH0100100 .216
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   d- Ken Griffey Jr., PH1113000 .253
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Totals305657516 
a-walked for Hatteberg in the 7th
b-singled for Hollandsworth in the 8th
c-walked for Arroyo in the 7th
d-homered for Schoeneweis in the 8th
Batting
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (27, Eyre)
RBI - Rich Aurilia 2 (66), Ken Griffey Jr. 3 (72)
2-OUT RBI - Rich Aurilia 2 (20), Ken Griffey Jr. 3 (18)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Rich Aurilia (7, ), David Ross (8, )
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo 7440250 3.27
Todd Coffey 0.1100010 3.41
Scott Schoeneweis (W,4-2) 0.2000120 5.07
David Weathers (S,12) 1000010 3.69
IBB - Cedeno by Bronson Arroyo
WP - Scott Schoeneweis (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 113-69, Todd Coffey 6-4, Scott Schoeneweis 13-6, David Weathers 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 9-9
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 29, Todd Coffey 2, Scott Schoeneweis 3, David Weathers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16278
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Adam Dowdy, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Nelson