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Friday, July 22, 2005

Red Stomp Brewers 11-6

Griffey had another throwback game, going 2-for-5 and making two impressive plays in center field. The 10-time Gold Glove outfielder ran down Rickie Weeks' liner in the fifth, then doubled up a runner at first.

An inning later, he received a standing ovation after running into the wall to get Geoff Jenkins' fly ball. Griffey also stretched a hit into a double, showing confidence in a hamstring that was torn from the bone a year ago.

"He's definitely one of the best players in the game," interim manager Jerry Narron said. "After what he went through last season, a lot of people didn't think he would play again. It took him a while to get his legs back."

Ramon Ortiz (6-6) was warming up to start the seventh when most of the lights went out. He went back to the mound when the power was restored, finishing a seven-inning stint in which he gave up three runs. Ortiz tied Aaron Harang for most wins in a rotation that has given up the most runs and pitched the fewest innings in the NL.

Jenkins doubled home two runs in the first, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games. It's the longest hitting streak by a Brewer this season.

Griffey singled home a run in the bottom of the inning, moving into a tie with Mantle for 42nd on the career list with 1,509. Griffey leads the Reds with 65 RBI, his best total since 2001, when leg and shoulder injuries started sidetracking his career.


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