Cincinnati at Oakland

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Cincinnati (28-44) «0310000105100
Oakland (38-32)000001010240

Reds 5, Athletics 2

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ken Griffey Jr. sure seems primed for a successful return trip to Seattle.

Griffey hit his 582nd career home run and 19th of the season, leading the Cincinnati Reds to their first regular-season victory over the Oakland Athletics in eight tries with a 5-2 win Tuesday night.

Griffey's solo shot off Oakland starter Chad Gaudin gave the slugger 1,652 career RBI, tying him with Tony Perez for 18th place on the all-time list. It also was Griffey's 500th RBI in eight seasons with the Reds.

"You can have some great milestones and not win a championship, and that is every kid's goal and my goal," Griffey said. "We won. That's the most important thing. I just do what I can. Some days are better than others. It's about continuing to do the little things and eventually you'll get one up and out."

The home run, which drew Griffey within one of Mark McGwire for seventh place on the career list, staked rookie Homer Bailey to a 4-0 lead in the third inning.

Bailey (2-0), impressive in just his third major league start, didn't allow a hit until Mark Ellis singled to start the fifth and only yielded two total on the night. It was reliever Todd Coffey who gave up Kurt Suzuki's first career home run in the eighth.

"We needed a good start and he gave it to us," Reds skipper Jerry Narron said. "He's had three pretty good outings against three pretty tough clubs."

David Weathers recorded the final four outs for his 14th save in 16 chances, the seventh time he's saved a game by getting at least three outs.

Griffey -- set to make his first appearance in Seattle this weekend since leaving the Mariners after the 1999 season -- connected for his seventh homer in his last 12 games. Gaudin (6-2) became the 369th different pitcher to surrender a home run to the 37-year-old Griffey, who also had his 1,076th extra-base hit to move him past Reggie Jackson for sole possession of 18th place on that list.

Javier Valentin doubled in a run and hit a sacrifice fly and Alex Gonzalez added a two-run single for Cincinnati, which got three great defensive gems from second baseman Brandon Phillips.

Phillips chased down Dan Johnson's bouncing grounder that got past first baseman Jeff Conine, then hit Bailey at first for the third out of the second.

"I was kind of thinking, 'All right, here we go.' And it seemed like he came out of nowhere," A's manager Bob Geren said. "I remember him in Cleveland. He has incredible athletic ability."

Phillips also made a nice backhanded stop to start Travis Buck's inning-ending double play in the third, and made a diving catch on Jack Cust's liner to finish the fourth.

Bailey, a 21-year-old right-hander, went a season-best seven innings and allowed only Mark Kotsay's sixth-inning RBI double after Ellis' hit. Bailey's fastball was clocked at 96 mph, he struck out three and walked four in a 93-pitch outing.

"He's a high school kid," said Suzuki, who is only two years Bailey's elder. "He's got to have something that's nasty or he wouldn't be up here this fast. ... He did a really good job of mixing up his speeds. He doesn't really give you anything over the middle of the plate to hit."

Gaudin saw the end of his streak of five straight winning decisions, picking up his first loss in 10 starts since a 4-1 defeat to Tampa Bay on April 27.

He allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, struck out four and walked two. Gaudin gave up only two hits after Griffey's home run - just the fourth longball against him in his first 85 innings this season.

"Once again, I got myself in trouble early," Gaudin said. "I couldn't do too much, didn't have too much room for error."

Notes

Athletics C Jason Kendall got the day off. Suzuki started and batted ninth. ... The Reds called closer Eddie Guardado, recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, back from his rehab outing after his back became stiff during an inning of work for Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Guardado will likely rejoin the team Friday in Seattle. ... Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo had his start pushed back to Sunday, and Kyle Lohse will start Saturday. Arroyo hasn't won since May 6, going 0-6 in his last eight starts with a 7.83 ERA.

 
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Cincinnati

H. Bailey
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 4
K 3
Cincinnati

K. Griffey
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Scott Hatteberg, DH3010201 .297
Brandon Phillips, 2B5000016 .275
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4121100 .290
Adam Dunn, LF3100122 .267
    Norris Hopper, LF1000011 .266
Jeff Conine, 1B5110021 .299
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4110113 .271
Josh Hamilton, CF4120011 .261
Alex Gonzalez, SS4012013 .265
Javier Valentin, C3022000 .235
    David Ross, C0000000 .195
Totals36510559  
Batting
2B - Scott Hatteberg (10, Gaudin), Javier Valentin (6, Lewis)
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (19, Gaudin)
SF - Javier Valentin (2)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (44), Alex Gonzalez 2 (32), Javier Valentin 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Javier Valentin (5)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-A. Gonzalez-Conine, A. Gonzalez-B. Phillips-Conine
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey (W,2-0) 7211430 4.00
Todd Coffey 0.1111001 4.97
Jon Coutlangus (H,7) 0.1000100 4.88
David Weathers (S,14) 1.1100120 3.34
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 93-56, Todd Coffey 6-4, Jon Coutlangus 10-4, David Weathers 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 9-7, Todd Coffey 1-0, Jon Coutlangus 1-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 25, Todd Coffey 2, Jon Coutlangus 2, David Weathers 6
Oakland Athletics
Travis Buck, LF3100101 .280
Mark Kotsay, CF3011100 .254
Nick Swisher, RF3000112 .291
Eric Chavez, 3B4000022 .241
Jack Cust, DH4000011 .267
Mark Ellis, 2B3020100 .265
Dan Johnson, 1B3000102 .249
Bobby Crosby, SS3000113 .236
Kurt Suzuki, C3111001 .444
Totals2924265  
Batting
2B - Mark Kotsay (4, Bailey)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (1, Coffey)
RBI - Mark Kotsay (7), Kurt Suzuki (1)
Team LOB - 6
Oakland Athletics
Chad Gaudin (L,6-2) 6.2744241 3.05
Jay Marshall 0.1000110 5.13
Colby Lewis 0.2211200 9.00
Santiago Casilla 1.1100040 0.00
IBB - Hatteberg by Colby Lewis
WP - Chad Gaudin (1), Santiago Casilla (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 106-64, Jay Marshall 12-5, Colby Lewis 21-8, Santiago Casilla 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 8-8
Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 29, Jay Marshall 2, Colby Lewis 6, Santiago Casilla 5
Game Information
Attendance - 19351
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether