CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ken Griffey Jr. needed just one swing to
remind everybody of his Hall of Fame credentials.
Griffey, in his first appearance after missing 17 games with a
toe injury, hit a 1-1 pitch from left-hander Scott Eyre (1-3) into
the right-field seats for his 27th homer this season and 563rd of
his career, tying Reggie Jackson on the home run list.
"That's why he's in the Hall of Fame -- or will be," Reds
manager Jerry Narron said.
It was the fifth pinch-hit homer of Griffey's career. The next
player to catch on the home-run list is Rafael Palmeiro at No. 9
Griffey hadn't played since dislocating the second toe of his
right foot while trying to climb the wall and catch a homer by
Barry Bonds on Sept. 4 at Great American Ball Park. Monday's homer
was his first in 39 at-bats since Aug. 25 at San Francisco.
"I'm still part of this team," said Griffey, who limped around
the bases and answered a curtain call. "I still can help the team,
mentally or physically.
"Reggie's always been pretty good to me," he said. "The
things he's done -- it's an honor in itself. I'd like to have the
title 'Mr. October.' I think everybody in the locker room would
like to have that title."
Eyre, who struck out Adam Dunn to end Cincinnati's two-run
seventh, got Edwin Encarnacion to ground out to start the eighth.
Brandon Phillips walked and Norris Hopper delivered a pinch-hit
single. David Ross struck out, and Griffey, who was 7-for-20 with
three home runs in his career against Eyre, batted for pitcher
"I was going to come up a couple of innings before that, but
they didn't get to me," Griffey said. "They said, 'If a guy gets
on, you're hitting.' I was really trying not to embarrass myself."
"Griffey's a pretty amazing guy," said Chicago manager Dusty
Baker, who also managed Barry Bonds in San Francisco. "He hasn't
swung the bat in a couple of weeks. Only him and Barry Bonds could
do that. I wouldn't have minded if he stayed on the bench for the
rest of my career."
Schoeneweis (2-0) got two outs in the eighth to earn the win.
David Weathers pitched the ninth for his team-leading 12th save.
Griffey's homer cost Wade Miller his first win since beating
Kansas City 8-5 for Boston on Aug. 3, 2005. The right-hander, in
his fourth start after missing the first five months of the season
because of shoulder surgery, allowed three hits and three walks.
Cincinnati put at least one runner on base in every inning
against Miller, but none got past second base.
Bronson Arroyo lasted seven innings, giving up only four hits
and no earned runs with two walks and five strikeouts. The
right-hander, Miller's teammate with the Red Sox last season, fell
short in his second try at a career-high 15 wins. He won 14 with
Boston last season.
"That's one of those no-decisions that feels like a win,"
The Cubs took advantage of errors on back-to-back batters to
score four unearned runs in the first inning. Shortstop Rich Aurilia was unable to make a barehanded grab of Matt Murton's slow
grounder, loading the bases. Angel Pagan hit a one-hopper to
Arroyo, but Ross dropped Arroyo's throw to the plate, allowing Juan Pierre to score. Aramis Ramirez scored on John Mabry's groundout,
and Henry Blanco lined a two-run single to left.
Aurilia broke up the shutout with a two-run single to right off
Michael Wuertz with the bases loaded in the seventh.
Reds RHP David Weathers celebrated his 37th birthday Monday.
... Reds IF Juan Castro signed a two-year contract extension
through 2008. ... The Reds finished 42-39 at home for the second
consecutive season. They drew 2,134,472, an average of 26,352..
Their total attendance was an increase of 16,278 over last season.
... The Cubs finished 30-51 on the road, their worst road record
since going 27-54 in 2000.