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Reds nip Expos, but Junior dislocates kneecap

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Even after a dramatic win, the Cincinnati Reds
were not about to celebrate. Not when they didn't know how badly
Ken Griffey Jr. was hurt.

Griffey partially dislocated his right kneecap during a rundown
and left the Reds' 6-5, 10-inning win over the Montreal Expos on
Sunday.

Griffey, who also strained the patella tendon in his right leg, is expected to be out 3-to-6 weeks.

Griffey was to undergo an MRI test. He was not scheduled to
leave Cincinnati with the Reds for their road trip, which starts in
Pittsburgh on Monday.

The All-Star center fielder, who was bothered during spring
training by tendinitis in the same knee, was hurt as he was being
tagged by Expos third baseman Chris Truby in the seventh inning.

"I didn't hear anything," Truby said. "I didn't see what
happened. He said something about his knee."

Griffey went down holding his knee and was briefly attended to
by Cincinnati medical personnel before limping gingerly off the
field.

Last year, the All-Star center fielder missed most of the first
three months because of a partially torn left hamstring.

"I hope he's OK," said first baseman Sean Casey, whose
10th-inning single with two outs and the bases loaded gave the Reds
the win.

"You could see that he was in pain. That's the last thing you
want to see. I know his knee's been bugging him for the past week
or so. We don't need that cycle to start again," he said.

Griffey's first home run of the season, a solo shot down the
right-field line, had given the Reds a 2-0 lead in the third
inning.

Cincinnati led 4-1 in the eighth, but Montreal came back against
Scott Williamson and Danny Graves. Williamson opened the eighth by
allowing two singles and walk before giving way to Graves.

Pinch-hitter Henry Rodriguez's RBI grounder, pinch-hitter Lee
Stevens' two-run single and Vladimir Guerrero's broken-bat, bloop
RBI single put the Expos ahead 5-4.

Wilton Guerrero, batting for Graves, retied it in the bottom of
the ninth with a two-out RBI single off Graeme Lloyd.

After Scott Sullivan (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 10th, Jason LaRue
singled off Lloyd (0-1) leading off the bottom half.

Reggie Taylor sacrificed, LaRue advanced on Todd Walker's
grounder, and Barry Larkin and Brady Clark were intentionally
walked, bringing up the left-handed hitting Casey against the
left-handed Lloyd.

Casey lined the first pitch, a curveball, up the middle for the
winning hit.

"I expected them to walk those guys to get to Casey," Reds
manager Bob Boone said. "It sets up the force and the lefty-lefty,
but I don't worry about that with him. If you put it over home
plate, he's going to hit it."

Casey was hoping to get a chance to hit.

"Boonie came up to me in the dugout and said, 'What if they
walk these two guys?"' he said. "I said, 'Game's over. Let's go
to Pittsburgh."'

Lloyd has no excuses.

"We got the matchup we wanted," said Lloyd, who earned saves
in the first two games of the series. "He went down and got a good
pitch. It was a pitch right where I wanted to throw it."

Game notes
The Reds avoided getting swept at home by Montreal in a
three-game series for the first time since 1992. ... Pitcher Joey
Hamilton's fourth-inning single was his first hit since last July
14. ... Hamilton now has stranded 18 opposing runners in 12 innings
over two starts. ... Griffey's 461st homer left him one short of
tying Jose Canseco for 22nd place on the career list. ... LaRue
tied his career high with three hits. ... The Reds, who were tied
with Atlanta for the most errors and lowest fielding percentage in
the National League going into the game, committed two more errors
to give them eight on the season, including six in the three-game
series with Montreal. ... The Expos were charged with five errors
in the sloppily played series.