Griffey back in swing of things for Cincinnati

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2001

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit two of Cincinnati's four homers Monday night as the Reds beat the Detroit Tigers 9-1 behind rookie starter Lance Davis.

Davis (2-1) gave up five hits in Cincinnati's first complete game this season, outpitching Adam Pettyjohn in a matchup of rookie left-handers.

Davis also ended Cincinnati's club-record streak of 91 games without a complete game this season.

Aaron Boone matched his career high with four hits, including a homer, single and double off Pettyjohn (0-1).

Boone also doubled in the seventh and was thrown out at third trying for a triple and the cycle.

Marlins 4, Orioles 0

MIAMI -- Jesus Sanchez, making just his second start this season, allowed two hits in seven innings to help Florida beat Baltimore.

Sanchez (2-0) is yet to allow a run in 15 innings as a starter this year. He was filling in for Brad Penny, out with a strained rib-cage muscle.

Cliff Floyd hit his career-high 23rd homer in the eighth inning.

Alex Gonzalez broke a scoreless tie against Jose Mercedes (4-10) with a two-run double in the fifth.

Ricky Bones, Vic Darensbourg and Braden Looper completed the two-hitter. Florida has 10 shutouts, second in the majors to Atlanta's 11.

Mets 3, Blue Jays 0

NEW YORK -- Steve Trachsel made his best start of the season, allowing four hits and pitching into the ninth inning as New York beat Toronto for a rare three-game winning streak.

Trachsel (3-10) pitched more than seven innings for the first time in 15 starts since signing with the Mets in December.

Armando Benitez got his 21st save, converting his 25th consecutive opportunity since last September.

The Mets stretched a winning streak to three for only the fourth time this season and can match their season high by winning Tuesday's series finale. Toronto dropped to 0-8 at Shea Stadium.

Red Sox 6, Expos 5

MONTREAL -- Brian Daubach's two-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning lifted Boston over Montreal.

Playing before 16,005 fans -- most rooting for Boston -- the Red Sox won their second straight at Olympic Stadium after getting swept in their last two three-game series at Montreal.

Red Sox reliever Hipolito Pichardo (2-0) got the win despite allowing Orlando Cabrera's go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth.

Derek Lowe got earned his 18th save.

Expos starter Bobby Munoz, who last pitched in the majors in 1998, allowed eight hits and two runs in 5 2-3 innings.

Graeme Lloyd (7-2) took the loss.

Royals 4, Cubs 2

CHICAGO -- Mike Sweeney's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning ruined Kansas City's chance to end its one-run road jinx, but the Royals beat Chicago.

Raul Ibanez, Joe Randa and Carlos Beltran added RBIs for the Royals, who won for only the second time in their last 12 games. Dan Reichert (8-7) gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.

Roberto Hernandez earned his 17th save.

The Royals have lost a major league-record 21 consecutive one-run games on the road.

Kevin Tapani (8-7) gave up three runs -- though only one was earned -- and six hits as he lost his sixth straight.

Cardinals 4, Twins 3

ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols' RBI single snapped an eighth-inning tie as St. Louis beat Minnesota for its third straight victory.

The Cardinals moved a game above .500 and handed the AL Central-leading Twins, who had two home runs from light-hitting Chad Allen, only their fifth loss in 20 games.

Travis Miller (1-3) allowed Pujols' game-winning hit that scored Jim Edmonds.

Steve Kline (2-3) allowed two hits in 1 1-3 innings after Allen's second homer off Gene Stechschulte tied it. Jason Christiansen got Corey Koskie to pop out with runners on second and third for his second save in as many chances.

Devil Rays 6, Braves 5

ATLANTA -- Fred McGriff decided to stay in Tampa Bay, then hit a ninth-inning homer that gave the Devil Rays a victory over Atlanta.

Brian Jordan homered and drove in three runs for the Braves, who took their third straight loss.

McGriff batted cleanup after rejecting a trade that would have sent him from the last-place Devil Rays to the first-place Chicago Cubs.

After homering twice Sunday, McGriff struck again in a 5-5 game against Steve Karsay (1-1). With one out, McGriff hit the first pitch deep into the right-field stands for his 19th of the season.

Victor Zambrano (2-1) went 1 1-3 innings, and Esteban Yan pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save.

Ben Grieve hit a three-run homer for the Devil Rays, who squandered a 5-2 lead.

White Sox 6, Brewers 5

MILWAUKEE -- James Baldwin pitched five innings, and Royce Clayton hit a two-run triple, leading the Chicago White Sox past fast-fading Milwaukee.

The Brewers (43-48) fell a season-high five games below .500 in losing for the 14th time in 19 games.

Mac Suzuki, claimed off waivers from Colorado last week, surrendered just four hits in 5 1-3 innings in his Brewers debut. He left with a 4-2 lead that reliever Ray King (0-2) couldn't hold.

Baldwin (6-5) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in five innings.

Rangers 2, Giants 0

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rob Bell came within one out of his first career shutout and Texas' first complete game this season in a victory over San Francisco.

Mike Lamb went 3-for-3 with an RBI single for Texas, last in the majors in team ERA.

Bell (3-0) scattered six hits, struck out five and issued five walks -- three to Barry Bonds, who didn't homer. Bell left after giving up a ground-rule double to J.T. Snow with two outs in the ninth.

It was the second shutout of the season for the Rangers.

Texas has won all five of Bell's starts since he was acquired June 15 from Cincinnati. Bell was 0-5 in nine starts with the Reds.

Yankees 6, Phillies 3, 13 innings

PHILADELPHIA -- A bases-loaded balk by Ed Vosberg with two outs in the 13th inning forced in the go-ahead run as the New York Yankees beat Philadelphia.

The Yankees are 2-3 since the All-Star break and lead the AL East by half a game over Boston.

Philadelphia, which tied for the major leagues' worst record last season, leads the NL East by one game over Atlanta.

Vosberg got ahead of Tino Martinez 0-2 before plate umpire Bruce Froemming called a balk when Vosberg flinched, forcing in Paul O'Neill.

Mike Stanton (7-2) allowed two hits in 2 2-3, and New York's bullpen allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings.

Amaury Telemaco (5-5) took the loss.

Astros 10, Indians 8

HOUSTON -- Vinny Castilla's tiebreaking, three-run double in the eighth inning against John Rocker (2-4) helped Houston come back from five runs down to beat Cleveland.

The Astros trailed 6-1 before rallying with three runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and five in the eighth.

Rocker has struggled since coming to Cleveland from Atlanta on June 22, blowing two of four save chances and posting an 8.31 ERA. The Indians have lost three straight games.

Ron Villone (3-3) pitched the eighth for the win as the Astros moved within two games of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Angels 7, Padres 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jorge Fabregas hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth inning as Anaheim beat San Diego to snap a three-game losing streak.

Ben Weber (4-1) didn't allow a hit in 1 2-3 innings after relieving starter Pat Rapp in the fifth.

Troy Percival allowed one run in the ninth for his 23rd save, but still ended the Padres' five-game winning streak against Anaheim.

Rickey Henderson scored two runs to move within 26 of Ty Cobb's major league record.

San Diego's Brian Tollberg (3-3) gave up five runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings in his first start since coming off the disabled list.

Athletics 5, Rockies 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ramon Hernandez hit two homers and drove in three runs as Oakland beat Colorado for its seventh victory in eight games.

Hernandez had the first multihomer game of his career with two long drives off Denny Neagle (6-3), who took his first loss since May 27 as Colorado lost for the 20th time in 24 games.

The A's have won 10 of 13 games in July to move four games over .500 (48-44) for the first time this season.

Jeremy Giambi scored two runs and Billy McMillon had an RBI single as Oakland won its fifth series in six tries and sent the Rockies to their sixth straight loss at the Coliseum.

Diamondbacks 5, Mariners 3

SEATTLE -- Reggie Sanders, Damian Miller and Steve Finley homered as Arizona beat Seattle.

Miguel Batista (5-5) won as a starter for the first time since May 17, 2000, when he beat Oakland while with Kansas City. Batista had been 0-8 in 13 starts since then.

The Diamondbacks took a four-run lead against John Halama (6-6) in the second inning.

Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle's All-Star right fielder from Japan, went hitless for the fourth straight game. He is in an 0-for-18 slump and 1-for-20 since the All-Star break, dropping his batting average 14 points to .333.

National League

PITTSBURGH -- Eric Gagne lasted eight innings to win for the first time in nearly three months, and Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Monday night.

Gagne (2-4) was working on a two-hitter in the eighth before allowing Jason Kendall's two-run homer. Gagne yielded four hits and three runs. Jeff Shaw got his 26th save.

Gagne's second straight strong start also was a lift to an injury-depleted Dodgers pitching staff. The team learned Monday that ace Kevin Brown is expected to be out until late next month after tearing a right elbow muscle.

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