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Reds ride Griffey HR, five-run first to rout of Brewers

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Back home at Great American Ball Park, the
Cincinnati Reds quickly started hitting.

Ken Griffey Jr.'s three-run homer got Cincinnati rolling in a
five-run first inning Monday night, and the Reds set a season high
for scoring to back Bronson Arroyo in a 15-5 rout of the Milwaukee
Brewers.

One day after Cincinnati lost 1-0 at Detroit, Austin Kearns
added a two-run shot to help Arroyo (6-2) rebound from a rocky
start in Pittsburgh last Wednesday. David Ross set a career high
with four RBI, Brandon Phillips had a career-high four hits and
Adam Dunn also homered.

"I haven't been here long enough to tell, but it seems like the
guys like to hit in this ballpark," said Arroyo, acquired from
Boston during spring training.

Arroyo, who was 0-2 and had allowed 26 hits in 20 innings over
his last three starts, gave up one run and six hits in seven
innings to lower his NL-best ERA to 2.29. The right-hander improved
to 3-0 with a 0.58 ERA this season when he faces a team for the
second time.

"He does what he always does -- he competed," said Ross,
another spring training acquisition who has caught all 10 of
Arroyo's starts this season. "I think he had the sharpest stuff
he's had for the last two or three outings."

Arroyo admitted to being anxious to get back out on the mound
after the Pirates tagged him for nine hits and four runs in six
innings of a 7-2 loss.

"I was, especially with an extra day's rest," he said. "You
don't get to enjoy those too often. I was anxious to get out there
today and have a good one."

The Reds set their previous season high for runs in a 12-8 win
at Milwaukee on April 20. Their 15 runs Monday were their most
since a 17-3 win over Arizona last Aug. 19.

"They're never laughers, but it's nice to score that many
runs," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "You give Bronson
five runs, and he knows what to do. He knows how to hold it."

Griffey gave the Reds a 3-0 lead with a 407-foot shot to center
off starter David Bush, Griffey's fifth homer this season and
second in three games. The home run was the 541st for Griffey,
seven short of tying Mike Schmidt for 11th place on the career
list.

Bush (3-5) became the 345th pitcher to give up a homer to
Griffey

After Dunn walked, Kearns hit an opposite-field homer to right
for his ninth of the season.

Milwaukee scored in the second on doubles by Prince Fielder and
Corey Koskie, but the Reds loaded the bases with two outs in the
third and Ross drove in two runs with a soft line drive down the
left-field line.

Dunn hit his 16th homer, a three-run drive to center, and Ross
added his second two-run double as the Reds sent 10 batters to the
plate in a six-run sixth.

"My offense was just a little bleep on the map with all these
guys," Ross said.

Bush, who threw a shutout against the Reds in an 11-0 win on
April 22 at Milwaukee, gave up seven hits and seven runs with six
strikeouts in four innings, his shortest outing in 10 starts this
season. He matched his season high with three walks while falling
to 1-4 in his last six starts.

"I felt good warming up," Bush said. "I didn't throw good
pitches. I wish I had some answers for you. I've struggled the last
three or four starts. We all have things we need to work on. I'll
do something different next time."

Bill Hall homered for Milwaukee leading off the ninth, extending
his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games.

Game notes
Griffey's three RBI gave him 1,557, moving him past Willie
McCovey into 28th place on the career list. He needs 18 to tie
Sammy Sosa for 27th. ... The extra-base hit was the 1,011th of
Griffey's career, matching Rogers Hornsby for 23rd place. Schmidt
is 22nd with 1,015. ... Brewers CF Brady Clark batted second for
only the second time this season. His steal of second in the first
inning was his first stolen base of the season. ... Ross has 12
RBI. His career high is 18 with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2003.