Final

Series: Game 1 of 1

Philadelphia won 1-0

Game 1: Monday, June 14
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Philadelphia10

Reds 7

(34-29, 16-19 away)

Phillies 10

(33-28, 15-13 home)

7:05 PM ET, June 14, 2004

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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CIN 202010110 7 13 0
PHI 30004030 - 10 13 0

W: R. Madson (4-1)

L: J. Riedling (4-1)

After three delays, game called at 2:06 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- While Ken Griffey Jr. decided to wait at least another day to try for a milestone homer, Jim Thome hit his 400th to help the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

The game was stopped three times by rain, with delays totaling 3 hours, 54 minutes, and ended at 2:06 on Tuesday morning. The game was called with Billy Wagner taking warmup tosses in the ninth.

Jim Thome

AP

Thome acknowledges the crowd after hitting home run No. 400.

Ryan Madson (4-1) earned the win and John Riedling (4-1) lost -- both in relief. The Phillies used seven pitchers; the Reds six. There were 13 hits by each team.

A smattering of fans got soaked as they hung out near the dugouts during the final delay. Stadium workers draped in ponchos were already cleaning the aisles before the game was called.

It was an odd ending to a night that started with plenty of buzz over the chance for Thome and Griffey to both get milestone homers. Griffey, however, was out of the lineup, giving him a better chance to hit his 500th home run at home in Cincinnati.

The sellout crowd of 44,710 -- the largest ever at Philadelphia's new ballpark -- booed when they heard Ryan Freel introduced as Cincinnati's starting center fielder. Their disappointment didn't last long.

Flashbulbs popped all over the park on every pitch as Thome dug in against starter Jose Acevedo. Fans gasped on several foul balls, thinking each swing would be the one.

Thome battled back from an 0-2 count to get it to 3-2, then crushed a two-run blast in the first inning to become the 37th player to join the 400 club.

Thome pumped his right fist as he rounded first base and pointed to the crowd. He was mobbed by teammates when he reached home plate. The fans gave Thome a standing ovation and he emerged from the dugout for a curtain call shortly before Pat Burrell followed with a solo shot.

Thome's wife, Andrea, jumped up and down in a luxury box while holding daughter Lila Grace.

Then the most memorable moment in the brief history of the ballpark was nearly wiped out by rain.

There was a 2 hour, 18 minute delay before the start of the bottom of the third inning. It was easy to wonder if Thome and the fans would have to re-enact the celebration at a later date.

When the Phillies came back, they wiped out a two-run deficit with a four-run fifth inning.

Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI triple and Placido Polanco blooped a run-scoring single to center that tied the game at 5. David Bell added a two-run single to gave the Phillies a 7-5 lead.

Riedling gave up four hits and four runs in one inning. Acevedo did not come back after the lengthy delay, giving up three runs.

Phillies starter Eric Milton lasted two innings and also did not return after the delay. He gave up a pair of two-run homers to Sean Casey and Jason LaRue.

LaRue also added a solo shot in the seventh off reliever Roberto Hernandez. Hernandez put two runners on with two out, but Tim Worrell got Jermaine Clark on a comebacker to end the rally.

Then the rain came again and there was a delay of 1:05.

Several hundred fans stuck around for the end, wildly cheering every Phillies hit and getting pumped up by the Phillie Phanatic. When Thome batted in the seventh, a small but loud chant of "401!" broke out.

No homer, but Thome hit an RBI double and Burrell and Mike Lieberthal both added sacrifice flies to make it 10-6.

Casey also hit a solo shot in the eighth off Geoff Geary.

Griffey never took a crack at becoming the 20th player to hit 500 homers. He had played in 36 games in a row going into Monday night and his health wasn't going to be risked with rain in the forecast.

The game against the Phillies was a makeup from a rainout April 14. Cincinnati starts a three-game series back home at Great American Ball Park against Texas on Tuesday night.

Game notes


Thome played for the Indians when he hit his 300th career homer off Milton, then with the Twins. ... Phillies RF Bobby Abreu hit his 253rd double with the team, tying him with Greg Luzinski for 10th on the Phillies career list. ... Reds 3B Brandon Larson was a late scratch with back spasms. Tim Hummel started instead. He had his first steal of the year. ... Nearly a dozen fans ran on the field during the delay, including a male streaker. Wearing nothing but white socks, the man ran around the tarp to a wild mix of horror and amusement before he was tackled by security. ... Todd Stark of Glenmont, N.Y. caught Thome's homer. ... Casey had his third multihomer game of the year.

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