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Griffey ties home run record, then wins game with blast in 9th

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 500th
home run at old Busch Stadium. His first game at new Busch was
pretty memorable, too.

Griffey hit a go-ahead three-run homer off Jason Isringhausen in
the ninth inning after tying a major league record by homering in
his 43rd stadium earlier in the game, leading the Cincinnati Reds
past the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Monday night.

"He's the one guy we've got that has a chance to hit
outstanding pitching no matter who it is," manager Jerry Narron
said. "There are a lot of guys that get numbers off mediocre guys,
and this is a guy that has never done that.

"He's gotten numbers off everybody."

Griffey added new Busch Stadium to his lengthy list with a solo
shot in the fifth off Jeff Suppan. He hit his 10th homer with one
out in the ninth to erase a 7-5 deficit for the Reds, who have won
five straight.

Isringhausen (1-3) leads the NL with 18 saves but has allowed
four homers in 23 innings and has blown saves in two of his last
three appearances.

"I was terrible tonight," Isringhausen said. "I didn't have a
feel for anything. I was fighting everything about myself, and when
you're facing major league hitters you're going to get beat."

Juan Encarnacion and pinch-hitter Chris Duncan hit two-run
homers and Yadier Molina also homered for the Cardinals, who are
1-1 since Albert Pujols went on the disabled list with a pulled
muscle in his right side. They've scored 16 runs without him.

Griffey's second homer denied Suppan, who allowed three runs in
six innings, his 100th career victory in his third attempt.

"He's a phenomenal player," Suppan said. "He's all-century."

Felipe Lopez doubled off Isringhausen with one out in the ninth
for his fourth hit of the game. Rich Aurilia followed with a walk
and the runners moved up on a wild pitch. Griffey's homer came on a
full count.

"I was in pretty good position to hit, knowing I couldn't hit
into a double play," Griffey said. "I just settled down and got a
pitch not in the zone that he wanted and I just happened to hit it
out."

Griffey tied a major league record set by Fred McGriff, and has
connected in every existing ballpark. He was on the disabled list
in mid-April when the Reds played at new Busch for the first time.

"I knew coming in here this was the last one," Griffey said.
"It's just one of those things that happened, and I'm glad it's
over with."

Esteban Yan (1-0) allowed one run in two innings, a homer by
Yadier Molina in the eighth that put the Cardinals ahead 7-5. Todd
Coffey got the last three outs for his third save in four chances.

Griffey has 53 career multihomer games and is 12th on the career
homer list, two behind Mike Schmidt. He also doubled in the third
and has 1,017 career extra-base hits, two ahead of Schmidt for 22nd
place.

Encarnacion, who moved up to fourth in the order on Monday, has
four hits and four RBI the last two games and his eighth homer
gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead in the fifth.

Duncan, the son of pitching coach Dave Duncan, was recalled from
Triple-A Memphis on Sunday to replace Pujols. He has two homers and
five RBI in only seven at-bats after connecting off Rick White in
the sixth to put the Cardinals ahead 6-3.

Jim Edmonds replaced Pujols at first base for the second
straight game and was 0-for-3 with a walk. Scott Rolen, whose been
in Pujols' third slot in both games since the injury, had an RBI
single in the first to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and
walked twice.

So Taguchi, who has started eight of the last nine games in
center field for St. Louis, saved a run in the fourth when he threw
out David Ross trying to score on Lopez' two-out single.

Game notes
Home plate umpire Derryl Cousins took an errant fastball
from Yan right off his shoulder and mask in the seventh after the
pitch eluded Ross. He dropped to a knee for a time but stayed in
the game. ... Reds starter Brandon Claussen is 1-3 with a 5.63 ERA
against the Cardinals. ... After the game the Red optioned RHP
Justin Germano to Triple-A Louisville and Narron said the team
would purchase the contract of RHP Joe Mays.