Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/5)

Game 1: Friday, June 4
Game 2: Saturday, June 5
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Game 3: Sunday, June 6

Expos 3

(18-36, 9-19 away)

Reds 6

(33-22, 17-10 home)

    7:10 PM ET, June 5, 2004

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: T. Jones (4-1)

    L: C. Cordero (1-1)

    Dunn swats two HRs for Cincy win

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Adam Dunn tried to slap a game-winning single up the middle, and wound up looking bad.

    He immediately went back to his best tactic -- swing for the fence.

    Dunn hit two homers Saturday night, including a three-run shot in the 10th inning that gave the Cincinnati Reds a 6-3 victory over the Montreal Expos in front of a capacity crowd.

    Dunn's 17th homer was the highlight of a game that featured Ken Griffey Jr.'s 496th career homer and a rare last-out comeback by the Expos.

    Right-hander Paul Wilson was in position to improve to 8-0 before Danny Graves gave up the Expos' first set of back-to-back homers this season with two outs in the ninth.

    "It would've been a tough loss, but that's the good thing about us," Dunn said. "Whenever you think we're down late in the game or in extra innings, we're like, 'It's not whether we're going to win it, but when."

    They didn't waste time.

    Sean Casey started the winning rally with a two-out double off the right-field wall off Chad Cordero (1-1), and Griffey was intentionally walked to bring up Dunn. He saw a hole up the middle and tried to slap a single on his first swing.

    He missed.

    "I was trying to wait on the ball and hit it up the middle," Dunn said. "That's why I swung at the first pitch. I swung and missed -- go figure."

    Dunn, who leads the NL in strikeouts, went back to trying to drive the ball. He triumphantly tossed his bat away after connecting on a fastball for his 17th homer -- and third in two games.

    In his last 44 at-bats, Dunn has seven hits -- six of them homers. Cordero knew he was in trouble if he left a fastball over the plate.

    "Intentionally walking Griffey was a good idea," Cordero said. "I just had to go after Dunn. I made a mistake and he made me pay for it. I tried to go up and in, and I didn't get it in enough."

    Todd Jones (4-1) pitched a perfect 10th, then yelled encouragement at his teammates when he reached the dugout. Jones took offense that the Expos let Cordero bat in the top of the 10th so he could stay in the game.

    "I just couldn't believe they didn't pinch-hit for Cordero," said Jones, who struck him out. "I just told our guys it's kind of an insult to them. Maybe not. I got caught up in the moment. They sure made me look like I knew what I was doing."

    The Reds took a 3-1 lead into the ninth, when Graves retired the first two batters. The capacity crowd of 40,545 stood and cheered, then booed as the lead vanished in seven pitches.

    Tony Batista hit his fifth homer to left field, and Graves went to a full count on Nick Johnson, who tied it with his first homer since Sept. 23.

    Graves has saved six of Wilson's seven wins, but walked off the field with his head down to a cascade of boos after his fifth blown save in 31 chances.

    The Reds have won 16 of their last 21 games, setting up a two-week run atop the NL Central. The unexpected surge has made them a hit at the ticket office -- they drew their third capacity crowd of the season for a game against the NL's worst team.

    The Reds sold 13,596 tickets at the gates before the game, their biggest walk-up crowd since they started keeping track in 1987.

    Griffey broke open a scoreless game in the fourth with a homer to center off Tomo Ohka, who had won his three previous starts against Cincinnati. It was Griffey's 15th homer of the season, his highest total since 2001.

    Two pitches later, Dunn hit one to right, regaining the team lead in homers. Wilson completed a three-run rally with an RBI single.

    Casey went 2-for-5, raising the NL's top average one point to .384.

    Game notes

    The Ohio, Canadian and U.S. flags in center field were lowered to half-staff, and a moment of silence was held for former President Reagan before the first pitch. ... Montreal is 0-29 when trailing after eight innings. ... The Expos have scored two or fewer runs in seven of Ohka's 11 starts. ... SS Barry Larkin was out of the Reds lineup for the second straight game with sore abdominal muscles. He pinch-hit in the ninth and struck out. ... RF Austin Kearns missed his seventh straight start due to a sore on the side of his right thumb.

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