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Ross, Phillips homer twice as Griffey returns to Seattle

Jun 23, 2007 - 6:42 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- It was Junior's night to shine in Seattle, but it was his Cincinnati Reds teammates who supplied the Griffey-like fireworks his former hometown fans had come to expect.

Brandon Phillips and David Ross each homered twice as the Cincinnati Reds routed the Seattle Mariners, 16-1, to help make Ken Griffey Jr.'s return to Seattle a happy occasion for the former Mariners star Friday night.

Ross drove in five runs and and Phillips added three more as the Reds hammered five home runs to give Aaron Harang (8-2) his first victory against the Mariners after three losses.

Griffey was given a lengthy standing ovation during a 15-minute pregame ceremony and was cheered each time he came to bat by a sellout crowd of 46,340. It was his first appearance at Safeco Field, dubbed "The House That Griffey Built," since he was traded to the Reds on February 10, 2000.

"I didn't expect all that," Griffey said. "I expected a lot, but not what I got. That was just, like I said, over the top. It was unbelievable."

The 37-year-old outfielder singled and scored a run in the first inning, but struck out in his final three at-bats before being replaced in right field by Jeff Conine.

Griffey made 10 All-Star teams, won 10 gold gloves, clubbed 398 homers and won the 1997 American League MVP award with Seattle.

Rookie lefthander Ryan Feierabend (1-2), making only his fifth start, was rocked for nine runs and six hits while issuing five walks in just 2 2/3 innings.

"When this type of game happens you just shake it off, laugh about it and get ready for your next start," Feierabend said. "There's not a whole lot you can do. They came to play and hit the ball hard."

The Reds got off to a quick 4-0 lead as they capitalized on Feierabend's first-inning wildness. With one out Feierabend hit Phillips and Griffey lined his first pitch under the glove of first baseman Richie Sexson for a single, sending Phillips to third.

Phillips came around to score on Jeff Conine's sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. Griffey went to second on a wild pitch and Feierabend walked Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases, setting the stage for Alex Gonzalez's bases-clearing double.

That was all the support Harang needed. The 29-year-old righthander yielded just two hits in eight innings while striking out seven. His lone run allowed was unearned.

"It kind of gave me chills, goosebumps, hearing that kind of appreciation for Junior," Harang said. "It always helps to score a lot of runs so you can settle back and not have as much pressure on you."

The Reds added another pair of runs in the second and Ross' 10th homer of the season - a two-run shot to left-center - gave Cincinnati an 8-0 lead in the third. One out later Phillips' 12th homer made it 9-0, and Josh Hamilton's blast over the center field fence in the fifth extended the lead to 10-0.

"I wish he (Griffey) would have got one," Ross said. "I would like to have seen this place erupt for him."

While he was at it, Ross tipped his hat to Trey Griffey, the slugger's 13-year-old son who accompanied his dad on the trip and helped Ross pick out his bats before the game.

"I think that's the third time Trey Griffey has picked out my bats and I have hit a home run, so he's got some good mojo working," Ross said. "I told him that if his dad didn't make so much money I'd buy him something."

The Reds erupted for six more runs and a 16-1 lead in the sixth off reliever Jason Davis, highlighted by Ross' three-run homer and Phillips' solo shot.

The Mariners run came on a groundout by Willie Bloomquist in the fifth inning.

Ironically, the Mariners entered the game with a string of 20 consecutive scoreless innings, including back-to-back shutouts over the Pittsburgh Pirates.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 4 2 3 0 1 6 0 0 0 16 16 1
    SEATTLE 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - AARON HARANG, MIKE GOSLING (9TH) AND DAVID ROSS, CHAD MOELLER
    (9TH)
    SEA - RYAN FEIERABEND, JASON DAVIS (3RD), RYAN
    ROWLAND-SMITH (6TH), SEAN GREEN (8TH), ERI

    Jun 23 1:03 AM


  • ML
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRANDON PHILLIPS (13) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF JASON DAVIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 16, SEATTLE 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: K GRIFFEY JR (.285, 1-FOR-4)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 23 12:09 AM


  • ML
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY DAVID ROSS (11) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF JASON DAVIS SCORED ALEX GONZALEZ AND JOSH HAMILTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 15, SEATTLE 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: N HOPPER (.267, 1-FOR-4)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 23 12:07 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED ADAM DUNN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HAMILTON ON FIRST, A GONZALEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 12
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D ROSS (.201, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 23 12:05 AM


  • ML
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ADAM DUNN SCORED JEFF CONINE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A DUNN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 11
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: E ENCARNACION (.277, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 23 12:01 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY WILLIE BLOOMQUIST SCORED KENJI JOHJIMA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Y BETANCOURT ON SECOND, J VIDRO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 10
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.359, 1-FOR-2)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 22 11:56 PM


  • ML
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOSH HAMILTON (11) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF JASON DAVIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 10, SEATTLE 0
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D ROSS (.202, 1-FOR-1, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 22 11:37 PM


  • ML
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRANDON PHILLIPS (12) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF RYAN FEIERABEND.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 9, SEATTLE 0
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: K GRIFFEY JR (.287, 1-FOR-2)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 22 11:08 PM


  • ML
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DAVID ROSS (10) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF RYAN FEIERABEND SCORED JOSH HAMILTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 8, SEATTLE 0
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: N HOPPER (.273, 1-FOR-2)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 22 11:08 PM


  • ML
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT ALLOWED NORRIS HOPPER TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K GRIFFEY JR ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 6
    SEATTLE 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J CONINE (.297, 0-FOR-0, SF, RBI)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 22 10:48 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRANDON PHILLIPS SCORED DAVID ROSS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B PHILLIPS ON FIRST, N HOPPER ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 5
    SEATTLE 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: K GRIFFEY JR (.288, 1-FOR-1)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 22 10:46 PM


  • ML
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 4 4 2 0
    SEATTLE 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - AARON HARANG
    SEA - RYAN FEIERABEND

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.358, 5 HR, 37 RBI)
    A BELTRE (.270, 9 HR, 28 RBI)
    R IBANEZ (.279, 5 HR, 45 RBI)

    Reds vs. MarinersJun 22 10:34 PM