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Hafner drives in winning run to spark Indians despite Griffey's HR

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CINCINNATI -- Travis Hafner has won many games with home runs. Saturday night he showed he can do it playing small ball, too.

The Cleveland slugger drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded groundout in the 11th inning and the Indians came from behind to overcome Ken Griffey Jr. 578th career home run and beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 in 11 innings.

"I felt like I hit three balls well, and the only ones that did anything were two weak grounders," Hafner said.

"He hit in the right spot," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.

Grady Sizemore homered and had three hits and David Dellucci hit a two-run home run in the eighth to erase a 6-4 deficit before Hafner and Victor Martinez drove in runs in the 11th off Victor Santos (1-2).

"I thought we were going to be playing until (Sunday's) game," Dellucci said. "It just kept going on and on and on."

Tom Mastny (4-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win. Joe Borowski pitched the 11th for his 18th save in 20 opportunities.

The Indians loaded the bases against Santos on a Josh Barfield single, a sacrifice, a walk and a hit batsman. Hafner followed with his second run-scoring fielder's choice of the game, scoring Barfield. Martinez followed with a run-scoring single to center.

Griffey homered for the third consecutive game. His seventh-inning homer off left-hander Rafael Perez was his 15th of the season, tying him with Adam Dunn for the team lead. The homer into the right field seats, which gave the Reds a 6-4 lead, made Perez the 368th different pitcher to give up a home run to Griffey. He needs five to tie Mark McGwire for seventh place in career home runs.

Sizemore led off the game with his 11th homer of the season, but Jeff Conine answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run shot, his fourth of the season and second in two nights.

Josh Hamilton led off the second inning with a homer to center field, his ninth homer of the season and first in 43 at-bats since May 6, to give the Reds a 3-1 lead. He'd missed 13 games while on the disabled list with gastroenteritis.

Jhonny Peralta led off the fourth with an opposite-field homer to right, his 12th of the season, to cut the Reds lead to 4-3.

Dellucci's two-run opposite-field homer into the left field seats off Gary Majewski tied the game.

"I've had better days," Majewski said. "It was a sinker up. It didn't do a whole lot. He stayed on it and hit it out."

The Reds reached Jeremy Sowers, a former Cincinnati No. 1 draft pick, for five runs before he left with two runners on and nobody out in the fifth. Sowers (1-7), who chose to attend Vanderbilt instead of signing with the Reds after they made him the 20th overall selection in the 2000 draft, allowed seven hits and a walk. He tied his career high with five strikeouts.

Cincinnati starter Matt Belisle scattered five hits over six innings. He allowed three runs and three walks with five strikeouts.

Cleveland right fielder Franklin Gutierrez sent the game to the 11th inning by catching Alex Gonzalez's potential game-winning drive a step in front of the wall with two on and two out in the 10th. His play kept the Reds hitless after Griffey's home run.

"I thought Alex had the game won there," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "That guy made a great catch. We just didn't string any hits together."

"I didn't think he was going to make that catch," Wedge said. "That's as good a catch as you'll see with the game on the line."

Notes

  • Griffey's third-inning double was the 1,071st extra-base hit of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Mel Ott for 19th on the career extra-base hit list.
  • Sizemore's homer was his fourth to lead off a game this season and the 11th of his career. Peralta is tied with Martinez for the team lead in homers.
  • Sowers walked and hit an infield single in his first two career plate appearances.
  • Casey Blake singled in the seventh to extend his career-high hitting streak to 18 games, the longest for Cleveland since Omar Vizquel's 18-game streak in 2002.
 
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'Can I arrest him?' Franklin Gutierrez robs the Reds with this catch in the 10th inning.   (AP)
'Can I arrest him?' Franklin Gutierrez robs the Reds with this catch in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

G. Sizemore
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

K. Griffey
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5331102 .283
Casey Blake, 3B4010120 .277
Travis Hafner, 1B6002013 .264
Victor Martinez, C4022101 .322
Trot Nixon, RF3000004 .263
    Rafael Perez, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Garko, PH1000010 .322
    Franklin Gutierrez, RF2000012 .200
Jhonny Peralta, SS5221010 .293
    Thomas Mastny, P0000000 .000
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
David Dellucci, LF5112000 .245
Josh Barfield, 2B5120010 .250
Jeremy Sowers, P11101001.000
    Jason Michaels, RF2000011 .279
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Mike Rouse, SS0000000 .116
Totals43812848  
a-struck out for R. Perez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (11, Belisle)
HR - Grady Sizemore (11, Belisle), Jhonny Peralta (12, Belisle), David Dellucci (3, Majewski)
SF - Victor Martinez (5)
SH - Mike Rouse (1)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (32), Travis Hafner 2 (44), Victor Martinez 2 (54), Jhonny Peralta (36), David Dellucci 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (22)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Rafael Perez (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Jeremy Sowers 4755152 6.93
Rafael Perez 3111041 0.64
Rafael Betancourt 2000130 1.37
Thomas Mastny (W,4-2) 1000210 5.33
Joe Borowski (S,18) 1000010 6.65
IBB - Hamilton by Thomas Mastny
WP - Rafael Perez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Sowers 86-58, Rafael Perez 46-33, Rafael Betancourt 33-23, Thomas Mastny 19-9, Joe Borowski 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Sowers 1-6, Rafael Perez 5-1, Thomas Mastny 1-1, Joe Borowski 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Sowers 20, Rafael Perez 11, Rafael Betancourt 7, Thomas Mastny 5, Joe Borowski 3
Cincinnati Reds
Norris Hopper, LF5220100 .305
Brandon Phillips, 2B5011012 .281
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4221112 .285
Jeff Conine, 1B3112111 .293
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5011042 .281
Josh Hamilton, CF4111112 .265
Alex Gonzalez, SS5000002 .262
Chad Moeller, C3000010 .200
   a- Adam Dunn, PH1000010 .251
    Victor Santos, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Hatteberg, PH1000010 .277
Matt Belisle, P2000020 .100
   c- David Ross, PH1000001 .190
    Marcus McBeth, P0000000 .000
    Jon Coutlangus, P0000000 .000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   d- Javier Valentin, PH-C2000010 .233
Totals41686414  
a-struck out for Moeller in the 9th
b-struck out for Santos in the 11th
c-grounded out for Belisle in the 6th
d-struck out for Weathers in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ken Griffey Jr. (9, Sowers)
3B - Norris Hopper (1, Sowers)
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (15, R. Perez), Jeff Conine (4, Sowers), Josh Hamilton (9, Sowers)
SH - Jeff Conine (1)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (34), Ken Griffey Jr. (36), Jeff Conine 2 (22), Edwin Encarnacion (27), Josh Hamilton (19)
2-OUT RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (11), Jeff Conine 2 (8), Edwin Encarnacion (12)
SB - Norris Hopper (5, 2nd base off Sowers/Martinez), Brandon Phillips (11, 2nd base off R. Perez/Martinez)
Team LOB - 7
Cincinnati Reds
Matt Belisle 6533352 4.48
Marcus McBeth (H,1) 0.1211010 6.75
Jon Coutlangus (H,5) 0.2000000 4.87
Gary Majewski (BS,1) 0.2322011 11.81
Mike Stanton 0.1000000 4.56
David Weathers 1000000 3.86
Victor Santos (L,1-2) 2222110 4.96
HBP - Blake (by Victor Santos)
WP - Jon Coutlangus (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Belisle 114-67, Marcus McBeth 10-9, Jon Coutlangus 6-3, Gary Majewski 17-13, Mike Stanton 2-2, David Weathers 10-5, Victor Santos 34-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Belisle 6-7, Jon Coutlangus 1-1, David Weathers 1-2, Victor Santos 3-2
Batters Faced - Matt Belisle 26, Marcus McBeth 3, Jon Coutlangus 2, Gary Majewski 5, Mike Stanton 1, David Weathers 3, Victor Santos 10
Game Information
Attendance - 37935
Game Time - 4:06
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Troy Fullwood, Third Base - Jerry Layne