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NL: Griffey powers Reds past Giants

By Wire services
Published May 9, 2004

CINCINNATI - Ken Griffey homered twice and Barry Larkin hit a tiebreaking two-run shot Saturday, powering the Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Giants.

Two friends who have been obscured by injuries for years reminded 39,418 fans and two Giants pitchers what they can do when healthy.

"We're showing people that we can still play," Griffey said.

Griffey hit two homers, giving him three in three days, six for the season and 487 in all. Larkin broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run shot, his first homer since Aug.1.

"I'm not the same player I was three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 15, 20 years ago," said Larkin, who turned 40 in April. "I do things within my ability, which is different than it was 20 years ago. Health is a huge part of it."

Griffey homered off Dustin Hermanson in the second and Scott Eyre in the eighth, his first multihomer game since May30.

Paul Wilson extended the best start of his career by giving up only two runs in seven innings - both homers by Jeffrey Hammonds and J.T. Snow.

Barry Bonds flied out three times and drew his 49th walk, the most in the majors. Since missing three games with a sinus infection, Bonds is 0-for-8 with five walks in three games.

BRAVES 5, ASTROS 4 (10): Andruw Jones hit a 10th-inning homer to give host Atlanta the win over Houston, whose manager, bench coach and starting pitcher were ejected during a wild eighth inning.

The Braves rallied in both the eighth and ninth, then won it when Jones, in a 1-for-21 slump, hit a two-out, opposite-field homer off Ricky Stone that barely cleared the rightfield wall.

Jesse Garcia was right in the middle of both Atlanta comebacks, which helped the Braves stop a three-game losing streak.

He convinced umpires he had been grazed on the helmet with a pitch, sparking a two-run eighth that tied it at 3. The disputed call led to the ejection of Astros manager Jimy Williams, and bench coach John Tamargo and pitcher Roy Oswalt also were tossed before the inning was over.

PADRES 6, MARLINS 3 (10): Sean Burroughs hit the go-ahead single in the 10th for visiting San Diego.

With a tie at 3, Miguel Ojeda opened the 10th with a broken-bat single to left, and pitcher Franklyn Gracesqui hit Khalil Greene. Kerry Robinson's bunt single loaded the bases, and Burroughs singled for a 4-3 lead.

Mark Loretta followed with a run-scoring single, and another run scored when leftfielder Jeff Conine bobbled a ball.

EXPOS 2, CARDINALS 0: Tomo Ohka and Rocky Biddle combined on a three-hitter, and Jose Vidro homered and drove in two runs in leading host Montreal to its season-high third straight win.

Ohka, who lost his first five starts of the season, allowed Albert Pujols' double in the fourth and a pair of singles to Hector Luna in the fifth and eighth for his first complete game this season.

ROCKIES 4, CUBS 3: Jason Jennings hit a tying homer off Greg Maddux, and visiting Colorado's starting pitcher ended his three-game losing streak.

Jennings' two-out, two-run homer - the second of his career - tied it at 3 in the fifth, and the Rockies took the lead an inning later when Royce Clayton beat out a bunt, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Jeromy Burnitz.

Jennings, the 2002 NL Rookie of the Year, gave up back-to-back homers to Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou in the first inning and another to Todd Walker in the third.

BREWERS 6, METS 4: Lyle Overbay homered and drove in four runs, and four of visiting Milwaukee's pitchers combined to pitch a two-hitter.

The Brewers' Adrian Hernandez, making his first start in nearly two years, came into the game with a 10.03 ERA and pitched hitless ball into the fifth inning. But he walked seven batters and was lifted after 41/3.

DODGERS 4, PIRATES 3: Alex Cora hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth and Los Angeles sent host Pittsburgh to its season-high fifth straight loss.

Adrian Beltre led off the ninth with a single off Salomon Torres that extended his hitting streak to 12 games. After a one-out walk to Jose Hernandez, Cora doubled down the rightfield line.

[Last modified May 9, 2004, 01:41:11]


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