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Ross' walk-off HR in ninth seals Marlins' comeback; Griffey still at 599

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MIAMI -- Oh, the fans got to see a big home run all night. Though it wasn't the one they were hoping for, they seemed happy enough with the result.

Cody Ross hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Florida Marlins an 8-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds and Ken Griffey Jr., who remained stuck on 599 home runs for one more night.

"When the fans are chanting your name, you want to come through for them," Ross said. "That's just the quality of our team. We're going to go out there and we're not going to give up. Fortunately, tonight it paid off."

Junior helped draw Dolphin Stadium's third largest crowd this season and the 25,289 fans all were armed with giveaway cowbells. He went 1-for-3 with two walks, remaining homerless since May 31.

Ross's drive off Francisco Cordero (2-1) ended a comeback from 7-5 down. Luis Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to score Jorge Cantu after Dan Uggla walked on four pitches.

It was the second go-ahead RBI for Ross in the game after his single in the seventh gave the Marlins a 5-4 lead.

"It could have been a devastating loss for our club," Gonzalez said. "We had the lead, lost it, then took it back, then lost it again. It was a seesaw game but we got the win and we'll take it."

Burke Badenhop (2-3) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Reds retook the lead by scoring three runs in the eighth. Adam Dunn hit a solo home run, and then with two outs, pinch-hitter Javier Valentin struck out swinging but the ball bounced past catcher Matt Treanor.

Edwin Encarnacion pinch ran for him, took third on a single by Paul Bako, and scored on Jerry Hairston's infield hit to make the score 6-5. Jay Bruce's single scored Bako to make it 7-5.

"Boy, that was just a tough game," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We battled hard. That was a playoff atmosphere."

Andy Phillips hit a three-run double in the Red's four-run sixth inning that tied the game at 4.

Marlins starter Scott Olsen allowed four runs, though none were earned, in six innings on four hits while striking out five.

Cantu hit a solo homer off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo in the fifth. It was his third home run in two games and 11th of the season.

"This is the way we play. We just stick in there and do the little things on offense and in the end we got away with it," Cantu said.

Arroyo lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out six.

"I got us off to a bad start and these guys fought back to get us back in the game," Arroyo said. "It's just too bad to come up short, because a lot of guys in here contributed to a pretty good game."

Notes

  • After the game, the Marlins optioned C Paul Hoover to Triple-A Albuquerque. RHP Ryan Tucker will have his contract selected prior to tomorrow's game to make his major league debut.
  • The game was delayed 16 minutes at the start due to rain.
  • Saturday was Marlins cowbell night and each of the 25,289 fans seemed to rattle the noisemaker after each play.
  • Dunn has reached base in each of his last 23 games. Bruce has hit safely in nine of 12 games and is batting .457 since making his major league debut on May 27.
 
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Cody Ross (middle) embraces his first career walk-off home run, and so do his Florida teammates.  (AP)
Cody Ross (middle) embraces his first career walk-off home run, and so do his Florida teammates. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Ross
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

A. Phillips
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS-CF4121000 .331
Jay Bruce, CF-RF5021023 .457
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3110211 .262
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Brandon Phillips, 2B5100007 .275
Adam Dunn, LF4211100 .243
Andy Phillips, 3B5013021 .231
Joey Votto, 1B5010012 .282
David Ross, C3010011 .246
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   a- Javier Valentin, PH1000010 .227
    Edwin Encarnacion, PR0100000 .236
    Paul Janish, SS0000000 .300
Bronson Arroyo, P1000010 .125
    Mike Lincoln, P1000000 .000
   b- Paul Bako, PH-C1110000 .243
Totals38710639  
a-struck out (wild pitch) for Burton in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Lincoln in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jay Bruce (4, Olsen), Andy Phillips (1, Olsen)
HR - Adam Dunn (16, Kensing)
SH - Jerry Hairston Jr. (6), Paul Bako (2)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (14), Jay Bruce (11), Adam Dunn (41), Andy Phillips 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (8), Jay Bruce (4), Andy Phillips 3 (4)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - David Ross (2)
E - Joey Votto (8, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo 4.2744262 5.74
Mike Lincoln 1.1100220 5.08
Jared Burton 1110120 2.84
David Weathers (H,5) 1000000 4.15
Francisco Cordero (BS,3; L,2-1) 0.2233101 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 103-58, Mike Lincoln 37-19, Jared Burton 26-15, David Weathers 11-8, Francisco Cordero 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 3-5, Mike Lincoln 1-1, Jared Burton 1-0, David Weathers 3-0, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 23, Mike Lincoln 7, Jared Burton 5, David Weathers 3, Francisco Cordero 5
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5010022 .294
Jacque Jones, RF3000000 .145
   a- Mike Jacobs, PH1000013 .247
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
    Mike Rabelo, C1000000 .222
Jorge Cantu, 3B5231013 .283
Wes Helms, 1B4110112 .248
Dan Uggla, 2B2310311 .305
Luis Gonzalez, LF4123002 .290
Cody Ross, CF4123102 .227
Matt Treanor, C4000034 .268
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .091
Scott Olsen, P2011010 .083
   b- Jeremy Hermida, PH-RF1000100 .261
Totals368118610  
a-struck out for Jones in the 6th
b-walked for Olsen in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu (15, Cordero), Luis Gonzalez (11, Arroyo)
HR - Jorge Cantu (11, Arroyo), Luis Gonzalez (5, Arroyo), Cody Ross (11, Cordero)
SF - Luis Gonzalez (1)
RBI - Jorge Cantu (33), Luis Gonzalez 3 (25), Cody Ross 3 (24), Scott Olsen (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (15), Cody Ross 3 (10), Scott Olsen (2)
SB - Cody Ross (4, 2nd base off Burton/Bako)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1
E - Jorge Cantu (13, Misplayed grounder), Wes Helms (2, Misplayed grounder), Renyel Pinto (1, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen 6440150 3.44
Renyel Pinto 1100110 1.43
Logan Kensing (BS,1) 0.2433121 4.66
Burke Badenhop (W,2-3) 1.1100010 6.38
WP - Logan Kensing (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 85-57, Renyel Pinto 21-10, Logan Kensing 30-19, Burke Badenhop 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 4-11, Renyel Pinto 3-0, Burke Badenhop 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 25, Renyel Pinto 6, Logan Kensing 8, Burke Badenhop 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25289
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt