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Griffey hits No. 499 in Reds defeat

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2004

CLEVELAND Ken Griffey Jr. moved within one swing of history with his 499th career home run, but the Cincinnati Reds' losing streak reached season-high six games with a 10-8 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Griffey connected for his 18th homer his 10th in 21 games in the third, pulling a 1-1 pitch from Indians starter Cliff Lee over the wall in right.

Matt Lawton hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Indians down 7-1 in the fourth completed a three-game sweep with their third come-from-behind victory over Ohio's NL squad.

Matt Miller (1-0) pitched the seventh for his first major league win, and Jose Jimenez worked the ninth for his fifth save in eight tries.

Brian Reith (2-2) took the loss for Cincinnati, which took an early lead on Willy Mo Pena's first career grand slam.

Giants 7, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE Barry Bonds hit his 676th homer and drove in three runs, leading San Francisco past Sidney Ponson and the Orioles.

Baltimore pitched to Bonds four times in five trips to the plate, and twice the slugger made the Orioles pay. He hit a two-run shot in the third and singled in a run in the sixth to make it 4-2.

Bonds' homer gave him 500 with San Francisco, making the Giants' franchise the first in baseball history to have three players hit 500 with the club. Willie Mays had 646 and Mel Ott hit 511.

Jerome Williams (6-4) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings, and Tyler Walker got four outs for his first major league save.

Ponson (3-8) gave up a career-high 13 hits and six runs in 6 2-3 innings, losing his fifth straight start.

Yankees 6, Padres 5, 12 innings

NEW YORK After San Diego took a three-run lead in the 12th, the Yankees rallied for the second time, beating the Padres behind Jorge Posada's tying double and pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra's game-winning sacrifice fly.

Hideki Matsui and pinch-hitter Kenny Lofton hit consecutive homers with two outs in the ninth against Trevor Hoffman to tie it.

In David Wells' return to Yankee Stadium, the 41-year-old left-hander allowed five hits in seven shutout innings in his first start against his former team since signing with the Padres during the offseason.

Felix Heredia (1-1) pitched one-third of an inning for the win. Rod Beck (0-1) allowed four runs and three hits in one-third of an inning.

Diamondbacks 5, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO Randy Johnson struck out 11 and won his sixth straight start for Arizona.

Johnson (9-4) started his run with a perfect game against Atlanta on May 18. The 40-year-old left-hander is tied with 41-year-old Roger Clemens and 39-year-old Kenny Rogers for the most wins in the majors.

White Sox 10, Braves 3

CHICAGO Mark Buehrle pitched eight solid innings, Carlos Lee extended his hitting streak to 27 games for the White Sox.

Lee lined a double to the left-field wall in the first inning, increasing the longest hitting streak in the majors this season. He matched the franchise record set by Albert Belle in 1997 and Luke Appling in 1936.

Marlins 9, Tigers 2

DETROIT Dontrelle Willis allowed seven hits in his second complete game of the season and Juan Pierre went 4-for-5 with an inside-the-park homer for Florida.

The Marlins avoided being swept in the three-game series and snapped Detroit's four-game winning streak.

Devil Rays 3, Rockies 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Julio Lugo singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth, and Tampa Bay handed Colorado its season-worst eighth consecutive loss.

Carl Crawford hit a one-out single off Shawn Chacon (0-4) and stole second uncontested. Lugo drove in Crawford with his single to center, giving the Devil Rays their fifth straight victory.

Cardinals 13, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer and an RBI double in the first two innings for St. Louis, which improved the majors' best road rcord to 23-12.

The Cardinals led 10-0 after batting around in each of the first two innings and avoided their first losing trip of the season.

Phillies 2, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS Cristian Guzman's errant throw on a potential double-play grounder in the eighth inning allowed Placido Polanco to score the go-ahead run for Philadelphia.

Mets 5, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Tom Glavine took over the major league ERA lead and Mike Piazza backed him with a two-run homer that helped the Mets stop a five-game losing streak.

Glavine (7-3) lowered his ERA to 2.03, moving ahead of Houston's Roger Clemens (2.08). Glavine allowed two runs one earned and four hits in 7 2-3 innings, striking out five and walking one.

Mariners 8, Expos 1

SEATTLE Joel Pineiro ended his seven-game losing streak and the Mariners completed their first sweep of the season.

Pineiro (2-8) won for the first time in 10 starts since April 18. He pitched eight innings and gave up one run and six hits.

The right-hander allowed only a solo homer to Terrmel Sledge in the fifth. That ended a streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings by Mariners pitchers, including 24 by their starters.

The Mariners scored their most runs since an 11-0 victory against Baltimore on May 20.

In the third, Seattle chased Tony Armas Jr. (0-2), who lasted only 2 2-3 innings.

Athletics 13, Pirates 3

OAKLAND, Calif. Adam Melhuse hit his first career grand slam and Mark Kotsay was 4-for-4 to help the Athletics complete a three-game sweep.

Melhuse had five RBIs, and Scott Hatteberg homered and drove in three runs, extending his career-best hitting streak to 14 games. Oakland has won eight straight, its longest winning streak since last Aug. 23 to Sept. 2.

Cubs 6, Angels 5, 15 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. Derrek Lee had a career-high five hits and Todd Walker hit an RBI single in the 15th inning off Matt Hensley (0-1), sending Chicago past Anaheim.

Jon Leicester (1-0) earned his first major league win with three scoreless innings.

Vladimir Guerrero had three RBI singles for the Angels, and Garret Anderson hit a two-run homer.

Red Sox 4, Dodgers 1

BOSTON Pedro Martinez pitched seven strong innings to beat the team he started his career with, and Pokey Reese hit a two-run double and made a leaping catch that saved a run for the Red Sox.

Martinez (7-3) withstood several Dodgers threats after allowing a run in the first as the Red Sox won for the sixth time in eight games. He allowed one run, seven hits and two walks and struck out five.

Astros 5, Brewers 4

MILWAUKEE Jose Vizcaino and Jeff Kent each hit solo homers, and the Houston Astros held on for a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Vizcaino went 3-for-5 for the Astros, who salvaged the final game of their three-game series at Milwaukee. The Astros have won just nine of their last 22 games.



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