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Griffey moves into 10th on all-time home run list

Apr 25, 2007 - 5:23 AM ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Alex Gonzalez woke up to keep the St. Louis Cardinals slumbering.

Gonzalez slugged two homers and Aaron Harang pitched into the eighth inning as the Cincinnati Reds posted a 10-3 victory over the Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series

Ken Griffey Jr. belted his 564th home run to surpass Reggie Jackson for 10th on the all-time list for Cincinnati, which opened a nine-game road trip with a victory after losing four of its previous five games.

"Reggie has been there on and off the field for me," Griffey said. "My name and his name mentioned in the same breath is overwhelming. To pass him is mind-boggling. I didn't think that when I started playing this game 19 years ago that I would be anywhere close to where I am now."

Gonzalez, who entered batting .255 with a homer and six RBI this season, belted a two-run homer in the second against St. Louis starter Kip Wells and added a three-run blast in the fifth to complete the fourth two-homer game of his career.

"It's very special. It was a great night for me," Gonzalez said. "But for everybody, we did a great job tonight. We're just going to try to do the same thing tomorrow."

Gonzalez, who also doubled and singled, finished 4-for-5 with four runs and drove in five runs for the third time in his career. He also made the play of the game in the sixth, going deep in the hole between third and shortstop and making a jump-throw to nip Albert Pujols.

"Everybody talks about his defense all the time," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "I really believe that he's capable of having a really good year offensively." He's had a 20 home run season before. It's nice to see him break out tonight."

Harang (3-0), who led the National League with six complete games last season, surrendered two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts to improve to 4-6 all-time against the Cardinals. After allowing a walk and single to lead off the third, he retired three straight.

"Hopefully we can keep this rolling this whole road trip," Harang said. "I was able to throw strikes and get groundouts. It just felt really good. The defense played great behind me. It's a little bit easier too when you jump out to a lead and you can just settle down and throw strikes."

Griffey drilled a first-pitch offering from Wells deep over the right field fence for a two-run homer in the fifth. It was his first of the season in his 54th at-bat.

Wells (1-4) entered having allowed three earned runs or fewer three times while pitching at least six innings in each of his four starts, but he was clobbered by the Reds.

Wells was tagged for eight runs and nine hits - including three home runs - in 4 2/3 innings to drop to 2-9 in 18 career starts against Cincinnati.

"It's pretty obvious that I didn't make too many good pitches judging by the quality of swings that those guys took," Wells said. "I missed in the middle of the plate a lot and they did a good job of taking advantage of it. It's just not the way you want to start the homestand."

After its dormant offense broke out for 12 runs in a 10-inning victory Sunday against the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis offense struggled again. The Cardinals managed just two runs and seven hits - six in the final two frames when the club was down by seven runs. Prior to Sunday's contest, they had scored only 50 runs in their first 17 games.

"We had a tough night offensively," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "He (Wells) had a tough night on the mound. And they didn't. They had a good night. You have to give credit to Harang. The catcher put the glove down and he hit the target. I think he pitched well. Let's see if we can get even tomorrow and play the rubber game on Thursday."

Scott Spiezio and Chris Duncan had RBI singles for St. Louis, which has started a season 1-7 at home for the first time since 1969.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 2 0 1 5 0 0 0 2 10 17 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 10 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - AARON HARANG, MIKE STANTON (8TH), TODD COFFEY (9TH) AND DAVID
    ROSS
    STL - KIP WELLS, TYLER JOHNSON (5TH), JOSH HANCOCK
    (6TH), BRAD THOMPSON (9TH), BRAD THOMPS

    Apr 24 11:51 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    YADIER MOLINA HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING GARY BENNETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S SPIEZIO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 10
    ST LOUIS 3 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S TAGUCHI (.231, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 24 11:50 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF CONINE SCORED ALEX GONZALEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J CONINE ON FIRST, D ROSS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 10
    ST LOUIS 2 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J HAMILTON (.279, 1-FOR-5)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 24 11:40 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID ROSS SCORED SCOTT HATTEBERG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D ROSS ON FIRST, A GONZALEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 9
    ST LOUIS 2 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: M STANTON (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 24 11:39 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHRIS DUNCAN SCORED YADIER MOLINA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C DUNCAN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 8
    ST LOUIS 2 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.219, 0-FOR-3)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 24 11:27 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 2 0 1 5 0 0 8 12 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - AARON HARANG
    STL - JOSH HANCOCK

    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S ROLEN (.293, 2-FOR-2)
    S SPIEZIO (.200, 1-FOR-2, RBI)
    A KENNEDY (.200, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Apr 24 11:01 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: T Johnson relieved K Wells.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, A HARANG ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 8
    ST LOUIS 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J Hamilton (.268, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 24 10:30 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - PITCHING CHANGE
    STL: TYLER JOHNSON (0-0, 0.00) IN THE 5TH
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, A HARANG ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 8, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J HAMILTON (.268, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 24 10:30 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ALEX GONZALEZ (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF KIP WELLS SCORED EDWIN ENCARNACION AND SCOTT
    HATTEBERG.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 8, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D ROSS (.100, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 24 10:25 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ALEX GONZALEZ (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF KIP WELLS SCORED EDWIN ENCARNACION AND SCOTT
    HATTEBERG.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 8, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D ROSS (.100, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 24 10:25 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY KEN GRIFFEY JR (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF KIP WELLS SCORED ADAM DUNN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 5, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: E ENCARNACION (.186, 0-FOR-1, HBP)

    Apr 24 10:21 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY KEN GRIFFEY JR (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF KIP WELLS SCORED ADAM DUNN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 5, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: E ENCARNACION (.186, 0-FOR-1, HBP)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 24 10:21 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 2 0 1 3 4 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - AARON HARANG
    STL - KIP WELLS

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: B PHILLIPS (.243, 2-FOR-2)
    A DUNN (.282, 0-FOR-1, BB)
    K GRIFFEY JR (.269, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Apr 24 10:14 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SCOTT SPIEZIO SCORED SCOTT ROLEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S SPIEZIO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    ST LOUIS 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A KENNEDY (.204, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 24 10:12 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY AARON HARANG SCORED ALEX GONZALEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    ST LOUIS 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J HAMILTON (.275, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 24 10:02 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 2 2 2 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 1 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - AARON HARANG
    STL - KIP WELLS

    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: J EDMONDS (.212, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
    S ROLEN (.268, 2 HR, 10 RBI)
    S SPIEZIO (.182, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Apr 24 9:23 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ALEX GONZALEZ (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF KIP WELLS SCORED EDWIN ENCARNACION.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2, ST LOUIS 0
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D ROSS (.105, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 24 9:20 PM