Series: Game 1 of 3

Cincinnati leads 1-0 (as of 6/25)

Game 1: Friday, June 25
Game 2: Saturday, June 26
Game 3: Sunday, June 27

Pirates 4

(27-43, 16-21 away)

Reds 6

(41-32, 22-10 home)

    7:10 PM ET, June 25, 2004

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: J. Acevedo (4-6)

    L: S. Torres (4-3)

    S: D. Graves (29)

    Pena's PH slam aids six-run 7th

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Wily Mo Pena sure relished the biggest hit of his career.

    Pena came through with a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning, capping a six-run rally that sent the Cincinnati Reds past the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Friday night.

    Griffey honored for 500th homer
    The best thing Ken Griffey Jr. discovered about hitting his 500th home run was that he was able to catch up on some sleep.

    Griffey wasn't getting much shut-eye in the days leading up to last Sunday, when he hit a solo shot in St. Louis to become the 20th player in major league history to reach 500 homers.

    "For the most part, I'm a worry wart," Griffey said before Friday's game against Pittsburgh, Cincinnati's first at home since the historic homer. "I just worry about everything."

    The Reds honored Griffey with a pregame ceremony that included a video montage of some of his most noteworthy home runs and other career highlights. Fireworks greeted the replay of No. 500.

    Griffey gave the helmet he wore to a representative from the Hall of Fame, and his batting gloves to a representative from the Reds' Hall of Fame, which is scheduled to open later this season.

    Chuck Shupp of Hillerich and Bradsby, which manufactures Louisville Slugger bats, presented Griffey with a silver bat, and the Reds gave him a crystal award. They also unveiled a logo depicting him swinging a bat and the No. 500 on the right-center field fence.

    "This is exciting," Griffey said before the ceremony. "It's a lot of fun. It's one of those things that only happens once, and to be part of means a lot."

    Each fan in the sellout crowd received a poster featuring a photo of the 500-homer swing. Among those in attendance was Mike Crummley, the fan who caught the milestone ball. Crummley had planned for weeks to attend the game.
    -- Associated Press

    "I hit a grand slam earlier this year, but this is the biggest because we won the game and my team's happy," Pena said.

    Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk to fall to 1-for-19 since his historic home run. He's hitless in his last 16 at-bats.

    But Pena gave the Reds their sixth consecutive two-out hit in the seventh as Cincinnati wiped out a 4-0 Pittsburgh lead and sent the Pirates to their 16th loss in 19 games.

    "Strange things are happening around here," said Pittsburgh starter Kip Wells, who took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning but wound up with a no-decision.

    It was Pena's second slam of the season and seventh homer overall. It also was the first pinch-hit grand slam by a Reds batter since Russell Branyan connected off Milwaukee's Brooks Kieschnick last July 21.

    Jason LaRue started the rally with a double down the left-field line and moved to third on Juan Castro's single to right. Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon replaced Wells with Brian Meadows, and Tim Hummel and pinch-hitter Jermaine Clark each hit a run-scoring single.

    Salomon Torres (4-3) came in, walked Ryan Freel and was replaced by left-hander Mike Gonzalez. Reds manager Dave Miley sent up Pena to bat for switch-hitting D'Angelo Jimenez, whose pulled left side muscle makes swinging from the right side uncomfortable.

    "I got behind," Gonzalez said. "I had to come in there and throw fastballs. I threw three in a row. That one was up a little bit. I didn't locate it well.

    Pena was hitting a team-high .375 against left-handers going into the game.

    "I just put him in there," Miley said. "He's the one who produced."

    Jason Bay's three-run homer capped Pittsburgh's four-run first before Jose Acevedo (4-6) settled down to earn his first win in five starts since beating Montreal on May 29. He retired 16 consecutive batters and 19 of his last 20. He allowed five hits and one walk in seven innings, striking out four.

    "I was a little bit hurried in my delivery to the plate," Acevedo said of his first-inning problems. "I had to slow it down a little bit. I got 100 percent focused. I knew I had to block it out and come back, and I proved I could do it."

    Danny Graves pitched a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 29th save in 36 opportunities.

    "For Acevedo to be able to simmer down and put zeros up after the first inning was a hell of a job," Miley said.

    Wells, who missed his last start and hadn't pitched since June 13 because of irritation on his right middle finger, allowed two first-inning walks but held the Reds hitless until Freel beat out an infield single with one out in the sixth inning.

    The right-hander gave up two runs and three hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out seven.

    "We thought we had it won, but we couldn't put it away," McClendon said. "That third out can be awfully hard to get, and tonight proved it."

    Game notes

    It was Cincinnati's first home game since Griffey hit his 500th homer. ... Jack Wilson's first-inning single gave him 100 hits in Pittsburgh's first 70 games, the quickest pace by a Pirate since Matty Alou got 100 hits in the team's first 63 games in 1969. ... Bay has hit six of his eight home runs in June ... Rob Mackowiak was hitting .409 (9-for-22) in his career at Great American Ball Park going into the game. ... 1B Sean Casey returned to Cincinnati's starting lineup after leaving Thursday's game in the seventh inning with stiffness in his upper left hamstring.

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