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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Brewers Lose Again 3-7



From Sportsline.com:

Ken Griffey Jr. is letting his performance do the talking for him for a while.

Griffey hit his second three-run homer in as many games and made his third spectacular catch in the same span to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

The center fielder has hit four home runs and driven in 18 runs since being activated from the disabled list on May 11, after missing almost a month with a strained tendon in his right knee.

Griffey, apparently upset about recent criticism of his defense, refused to speak with the media after Tuesday's game, but manager Jerry Narron, teammates and opponents had plenty to say.

"Any questions about Ken Griffey Jr. can be put to rest," Narron said. "Junior's definitely one of the best hitters in baseball. I told the coaches the other day that I still think he'll lead the team in RBI, even though he missed a month. I thought it would take him three weeks to a month to get into shape, but the way he's playing, it looks like he'll make a liar out of me."

"I'm still a fan," said Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, who went 2-for-5 and scored on Griffey's homers Monday and Tuesday. "When he does something, I get excited like I'm sitting in the stands or watching on TV."

The Reds were losing 3-1 when Felipe Lopez and Phillips led off the fifth inning with singles to right off left-hander Dana Eveland. Griffey then hit a 1-0 pitch 411 feet into the stands in right for his sixth homer of the season and third in the last four games. He hit a grand slam at Detroit on Saturday and a three-run homer in the first inning on Monday.

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