CINCINNATI (AP) _ Jason LaRue tied it with a three-run homer and
then Sean Casey hit an RBI single as the Cincinnati Reds again
rallied in the ninth inning, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-8
Cincinnati trailed 8-5 going into the ninth, but came back
against Cliff Politte (1-4).
Of the Reds' 30 wins this season, 16 have come in their last
at-bats. And this was their eighth walkoff win _ eight different
players have gotten those winning RBIs.
Aaron Boone opened the ninth with a single, Russell Branyan
walked and LaRue homered. With one out, Rainer Olmedo singled, Adam
Dunn walked and Casey won it with his single.
Chris Reitsma (5-2) got the victory.
Dunn hit his major league-leading 20th home run. Ken Griffey Jr.
returned to the Reds' lineup after missing two games because of a
virus, and put down his first sacrifice bunt since Sept. 22, 2001.
Carlos Delgado hit his AL-leading 19th home run and Vernon Wells
homered, doubled and singled for the Blue Jays.
Mike Bordick hit a three-run double as Toronto scored five times
in the sixth inning for a 7-3 lead. His bases-loaded drive to left
field missed by a foot of becoming the second grand slam of his
Delgado hit a two-run homer in the first, temporarily tying Dunn
and Milwaukee's Richie Sexson for the most homers in the majors.
Dunn led off the third inning with his 20th home run. Casey
followed with a double, moved up on Griffey's bunt and scored the
tying run on Austin Kearns' single.
Branyan gave the Reds a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning with his
first homer of the season, an opposite-field drive to left off Jeff
Tom Wilson started Toronto's scoring in the sixth inning with a
bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Tam finished it with his first career
hit in his second career at bat, a run-scoring double off the
left-field wall that chased Ryan Dempster.
Dempster allowed seven hits and seven runs in his first start
since going on the disabled list on May 23 with an inflamed nerve
in his neck.
Toronto starter Doug Davis, claimed on waivers from Texas on
April 30, lasted just four innings, matching his shortest start
since joining Toronto.<
^Notes:@ Delgado's homer was his 33rd in interleague play. He
snapped a tie with Texas' Rafael Palmeiro for the career
interleague homer lead. ... Griffey has eight sacrifice bunts in
Cincinnati 9, Toronto 8