Series: Game 2 of 3

Cincinnati leads 2-0 (as of 7/12)

Game 1: Friday, July 11
Game 2: Saturday, July 12
Game 3: Sunday, July 13
in 12

Reds 5

(42-50, 21-28 away)

Brewers 1

(37-55, 18-33 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 12, 2003

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    CIN 000003101 5 8 0
    MIL 100000000 1 5 2

    W: J. Haynes (2-9)

    L: W. Franklin (5-6)

    Red-hot Griffey homers in fifth straight game

    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.

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