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Brewers edge Reds as Griffey gets 502

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. finally knocked one out of the park this season, but it was Milwaukee that came out on top in the ninth inning


Twins center fielder Torii Hunter holds up his 2004 Gold Glove Award for the fans prior to a game against the LA Angels in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday. The award is Hunter's fourth straight. Minnesota won 4-2.


Ken Griffey Jr. hit his first home run this season, No. 502 of his career, but the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 Saturday on Damian Miller's game-winning single in the ninth inning.

"We manufactured a run," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "That was a huge win. That's the first time in a while where we battled back, especially from a four-run deficit."

Sean Casey also connected for the Reds, who led 5-1 in the seventh before the Brewers rallied on Junior Spivey's two-run single and Russell Branyan's two-run double.

Griffey connected for a two-run shot off reliever Victor Santos in the fourth inning, ending his longest drought to start a season. Griffey did not homer in his first 21 games and 79 at-bats this year.

"I think you guys make more out of it than me," Griffey said. "I haven't done anything different. I just went down and got one today."

Derrick Turnbow (1-1) got two outs for the win, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the ninth. Joe Valentine (0-1) took the loss.

Astros 7, Cubs 5

In Houston, Chicago ace Kerry Wood left early with shoulder pain again, and Jeff Bagwell had three hits to help Houston end its longest losing streak in nearly three years.

Wood departed after only three innings because of tendinitis in his right shoulder, the same problem that cut short his previous start last Sunday. He will be examined by a doctor Monday in Chicago.

Wood, also slowed by shoulder trouble during spring training, was pulled for a pinch-hitter after giving up three runs and four hits. He struck out six and walked two.

Brandon Backe (2-1) pitched seven-plus innings for the win and Brad Ausmus hit a two-run single for the Astros. Houston's six-game losing streak was its longest since May 19-25, 2002.

Cliff Bartosh (0-1) was the loser.

Braves 3, Cardinals 2

In Atlanta, Raul Mondesi homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give Atlanta a victory over St. Louis.

Mondesi, batting just .200 in his first season with the Braves, connected on the second pitch from James Journell (0-1).

New closer Dan Kolb (1-2) earned his first win for Atlanta by working a perfect ninth.

Cardinals starter Matt Morris pitched six strong innings, and Albert Pujols hit an RBI double.

Giants 7, Pirates 6

In Pittsburgh, Deivi Cruz hit a two-run homer, and an error by Pittsburgh center fielder Jason Bay helped key a three-run sixth inning that carried San Francisco past the Pirates.

The Giants won their season-high fourth in a row despite a shaky start from Noah Lowry, who left trailing 4-3 in the fifth.

Tyler Walker (2-0) got the win. Dave Williams (1-3) took the loss.

Nationals 5, Mets 3,

8 innings, rain

In Washington, Tomo Ohka pitched six shutout innings as a late replacement for an ailing Zach Day, and Nick Johnson and Ryan Church homered to lead Washington past slumping New York in a game called before the bottom of the eighth because of rain.

Frank Robinson was ejected by plate umpire Tom Hallion in the eighth after a lengthy discussion during which the Nationals' manager repeatedly pointed to the puddles on the infield.

The ejection drew boos from some who remained from an announced crowd of 40,913, the Nationals' largest since their home opener.

The Mets' fourth straight loss allowed the Nationals to finish their first month in Washington with a 13-11 record. Last year, as the Montreal Expos, the club went 5-20 in April en route to finishing 67-95.

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