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Griffey Jr.belts pair of homers

Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2004

CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. homered twice, and Barry Larkin added a tiebreaking two-run shot Saturday, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over the struggling San Francisco Giants.

Griffey hit two solo homers, and Larkin broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run shot for his first homer since Aug. 1.

Paul Wilson (4-0) extended the best start of his career by giving up only two runs in seven innings solo homers by Jeffrey Hammonds and J.T. Snow.

Danny Graves finished for his 13th save in 16 chances. Graves has 144 career saves, four shy of John Franco's franchise record.

Rockies 4, Cubs 3

CHICAGO Jason Jennings hit a game-tying homer off Greg Maddux and Colorado's starting pitcher ended a personal three-game losing streak.

Jennings' two-run homer the second of his career tied it at 3 in the fifth, and the Rockies took the lead an inning later on an RBI single by Jeromy Burnitz.

Jennings (2-4) gave up homers to Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou and Todd Walker. Shawn Chacon pitched the ninth and held on for his eighth save in nine chances.

Maddux (2-3) allowed seven hits and four runs in seven innings.

Brewers 6, Mets 4

NEW YORK Lyle Overbay hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs, and four Milwaukee pitchers combined on a two-hitter.

Adrian Hernandez, making his first start in nearly two years, pitched hitless ball into the fifth inning. But he walked seven batters and was lifted after 4 1-3 innings.

Matt Kinney (1-2) allowed New York's first hit. Luis Vizcaino pitched the eighth and gave up New York's only other hit, and Dan Kolb worked the ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

Expos 2, Cardinals 0

MONTREAL Tomo Ohka and Rocky Biddle combined on a three-hitter, and Jose Vidro homered and drove in two runs in leading the Expos over the Cardinals for their season-high third straight win.

Ohka (1-5), who lost his first five starts of the season, struck out six and walked one, and Biddle pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in as many opportunities to complete Montreal's third shutout of the season.

Padres 6, Marlins 3

MIAMI Sean Burroughs hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning to lead San Diego over Florida.

With the score 3-all, Miguel Ojeda opened the 10th with a broken-bat single to left, and Franklyn Gracesqui (0-1) hit Khalil Greene with a pitch. Kerry Robinson's bunt single loaded the bases, and Burroughs singled for a 4-3 lead. Mark Loretta followed with a two-run single.

Dodgers 4, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH Alex Cora hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and Los Angeles sent Pittsburgh to its season-high fifth straight loss.

Adrian Beltre led off the ninth with a single off Salomon Torres (1-1) that extended his hitting streak to 12 games. After a one-out walk to Jose Hernandez, Cora doubled down the right-field line.

Guillermo Mota (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth as Los Angeles won for the fourth time in five games. Eric Gagne extended his record for consecutive save chances converted with his 73rd, his 10th this season.

Braves 5, Astros 4

ATLANTA Andruw Jones hit a 10th-inning homer to give the Braves a victory over the Astros, whose manager, bench coach and starting pitcher were ejected during a wild game.

The Braves rallied in both the eighth and ninth, then won it when Jones, mired in a 1-for-21 slump, hit a two-out, opposite-field homer off Ricky Stone (1-1).

Jesse Garcia was right in the middle of both Atlanta comebacks, which helped the Braves stop a three-game losing streak. First, he convinced umpires he was grazed on the helmet with a pitch, sparking a two-run eighth that tied the game 3-3. The disputed call led to the ejection of Astros manager Jimy Williams bench coach John Tamargo and pitcher Roy Oswalt also were tossed before the inning was over.

Houston went back ahead on Jose Vizcaino's run-scoring single in the ninth, but Atlanta tied it on Garcia's tying triple.

Antonio Alfonseca (3-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.



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