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Griffey homers, Triple-A call-up Livingston sparks Reds to win

• Figure this: The last Reds pitcher to go 4-for-4 in a game was John Smiley, who had four RBIs against Montreal on June 7, 1993.

• Move over: Ken Griffey Jr. replaced Frank Robinson at sixth on the all-time home run list with his 587th career home run, his 24th of the season.

• Quotable: "The most important thing is we got the win. That's something we haven't done a lot in the second half." -- Griffey

-- ESPN.com news services

Reds 10, Braves 3

ATLANTA -- Who needs Ken Griffey Jr. when you've got the
great Bobby Livingston?

"That's no fun," Griffey said with a big grin. "It just takes
me out of my pinch-hitting role. They'll call on him now."

Griffey passed Frank Robinson for sixth place on the career home
run list, and Livingston, a relatively unknown pitcher called up by
Cincinnati before the game, went 4-for-4 with an RBI in the Reds'
10-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

Griffey's 24th homer, a three-run shot into the right-field
seats at Turner Field, came off Atlanta reliever Oscar Villarreal
in the second inning and gave the Reds a 5-0 lead.

"I have nothing but accolades for him," interim Reds manager
Pete Mackanin said. "His home run was pretty special."

With 587 homers, Griffey moved 15 behind Texas' Sammy Sosa for
fifth place. Griffey gave Cincinnati a 1-0 lead with an RBI single
in the first.

Cincinnati called up Livingston (2-0) from Triple-A Louisville,
and the left-hander allowed eight hits, two runs and two walks in
five innings. He struck out four.

"My changeup was working and my sinker," Livingston said. "I
made some pitches when I needed to."

All of Livingston's hits were singles, including the one in the
third that made it 6-0. He was 1-for-4 with one RBI for the season
entering the game. The last Reds pitcher to go 4-for-4 in a game
was John Smiley, who had four RBIs while pitching Cincinnati to a
12-3 victory at Montreal on June 7, 1993.

Asked to compare his modest achievement or Griffey's, Livingston
joked that the nine-time All-Star has already done plenty in his
career.

"Probably my four hits," Livingston said, "because it's
something I can tell my grandkids. I told him congratulations. He
didn't think it was a big deal, but I think it's awesome."

The Reds had lost three of four on its current 10-game road trip
before Livingston, whom the Reds claimed off waivers from Seattle
last December, made his third start of the season and first since
winning 4-2 at Colorado on June 1.

"The most important thing is we got the win," Griffey said.
"That's something we haven't done a lot in the second half."

The Braves had won four straight and 12 of 16, but Atlanta
starter Kyle Davies (4-8) failed to record an out and faced just
five batters.

After Griffey's RBI, Davies walked Adam Dunn with the bases
loaded, and Braves manager Bobby Cox had seen enough. Davies
allowed two hits and three walks. He threw just seven strikes in 21
pitches.

Davies, who missed a start last month with a strained oblique
and spent nearly four months on the disabled list in 2006 after
undergoing groin surgery, insists he's healthy.

"I'm frustrated," Davies said. "I want to be consistent. I'm
a whole lot better than that. It wasn't like I was all over the
place. I missed in the same spot."

The last Braves starter to leave a game without a disclosed
injury and not get an out was Len Barker in 1985.

"He couldn't really locate his fastball and fell behind on
everybody," Cox said of Davies. "Just was way, way off the
mark."

Andruw Jones cut the Reds' lead to 6-2 with a two-run single in
the third and a fielder's choice RBI in the seventh.

Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single in the fourth to make it
7-2. In the fifth, Ryan Freel scored from third on shortstop Edgar
Renteria's throwing error to catcher Brian McCann, and Dunn's RBI
single then gave the Reds a 9-2 lead.

Livingston walked Chipper Jones to load the bases in the fifth,
but he escaped the jam by striking out Andruw Jones and Jeff
Francoeur and getting pinch-hitter Matt Diaz to pop up.

The Braves stranded 11 runners through eight innings, and
Francoeur showed his frustration in the fifth by arguing a called
third strike that earned him an ejection from home-plate umpire
Angel Hernandez.

Atlanta also had errors from first baseman Scott Thorman and
second baseman Yunel Escobar.

"That was a pretty awful exhibition of baseball all the way
around," Chipper Jones said.

Game Notes
Now in his eighth year with Cincinnati, Griffey began the
season tied with Reggie Jackson for 10th place with 563 homers.
Griffey played his first 11 years for Seattle, hitting 398 homers
and winning the 1997 AL MVP. ... Play was stopped for 11 minutes in
the fifth because a few lights above the field burned out. ...
Atlanta used four pitchers after Villarreal. The Reds used four
after Livingston.