Griffey now two short of 500 milestone

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit two homers Sunday, giving
the Reds slugger 498 for his career.

He homered in the first and third innings of Cincinnati's game
against the Montreal Expos. He has 17 this season and needs two
more to become the 20th major leaguer to reach 500.

Griffey has three home runs in Cincinnati's last two games and
nine in his last 14 games. He has hit two homers in a game 48 times
in his career and two or more 50 times.

He tied the score at 3-3 in the third with his 100th homer since
joining the Reds before the 2000 season. He pulled the first pitch
from right-hander Livan Hernandez 409 feet to right field with two

In the first inning, Griffey hit a 3-2 pitch from Hernandez to
left field with two outs and D'Angelo Jimenez on second base.