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Red-hot Griffey homers in fifth straight game

7/13/2003

MILWAUKEE -- Despite all the aches and pains, Ken Griffey
Jr. is on a home run tear reminiscent of his record-tying streak 10
years ago.

Griffey homered for the fifth straight game and Jimmy Haynes
threw seven sharp innings as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the
Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Saturday night.

Griffey's solo homer in the bottom of the eighth tied Johnny
Bench's franchise record set May 30-June 3, 1972. Griffey tied Dale
Long (1956) and Don Mattingly's (1987) major league record when he
homered in eight straight games from July 20-28, 1993, when he was
with Seattle.

"It's just one of those things," Griffey said. "I'm not
thinking about it. I'm just trying to make contact and they are
going out."

If Griffey is going to make another run at the record, his
manager thinks the All-Star break will help him.

"For Junior, he needs some time off," Reds manager Bob Boone
said. "His shoulder is achy and his foot has been bothering him.
He could use the rest."

Griffey agreed, saying he would spend the time relaxing with his
family.

Haynes (2-9) allowed four hits, including a leadoff home run to
Eric Young, to win for the first time in five decisions. After
Young's 12th homer, the Brewers did not get a runner past first
against Haynes.

"It definitely feels good," Haynes said. "Hopefully, it's the
start of something. Maybe we can get something going."

Chris Reitsma pitched the eighth and Felix Heredia allowed a
double to Scott Podsednik the ninth to finish the five-hitter.

The Brewers lost for only the second time in the last 12 games
that Wayne Franklin (5-6) started. Franklin went 6 1-3 innings,
giving up four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out
seven.

Milwaukee has managed only two runs in two games against
Cincinnati, which has the worst pitching staff in the National
League with a 5.51 ERA. Before the series against the Brewers, Reds
starters went 0-7 with an 8.40 ERA in the team's previous nine
games.

The Reds scored three runs in the sixth after Brewers catcher
Keith Osik failed to catch a high pop foul. With two outs and the
bases loaded, Aaron Boone hit a 1-1 pitch into foul territory
behind the plate, but Osik bobbled the ball and it hit the backstop
for a no-play.

"That was almost a fantastic play," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost
said. "That ball just missed the screen by an inch. It hit in his
glove and bounced out."

Bob Boone saw it differently.

"Anytime that happens, you have that 'whew' feeling," he said.
"He had it. It popped out and hit the screen. It was a good
call."

Instead of being out of the inning with a 1-0 lead, Franklin
then walked Boone, scoring Barry Larkin to tie it. He then fell
behind 3-0 to Sean Casey before working the count full, but the
Reds first baseman hit a two-run single to center, driving in Jose
Guillen and Griffey.

"Aaron had a great at-bat and Casey got a big hit," Bob Boone
said. "It was huge."

Cincinnati made it 4-1 in the seventh when Kelly Stinnett hit
his second double of the game, advanced to third on a sacrifice by
Haynes and scored on Larkin's single.

Game notes
Haynes' other victory was June 13, a 15-1 victory over
Philadelphia. ... Young's 12 homers are a career high. His previous
career high was eight, both in 1996 and 1998. ... Podsednik went
1-for-4, extending his streak of getting on base to 42 consecutive
games. ... Between the fifth and sixth innings, the crowd booed
loudly when a baby was shown on the scoreboard sitting on his
father's lap. The baby was wearing a Chicago Cubs cap. ... Richie
Sexson singled in the seventh, extending his hitting streak to 12
games.