Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/7)

Game 1: Monday, April 5
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Cincinnati4
Game 2: Wednesday, April 7
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Cincinnati3
Game 3: Thursday, April 8
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Cubs 1

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Reds 3

(1-1, 1-1 home)

    7:10 PM ET, April 7, 2004

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: P. Wilson (1-0)

    L: G. Maddux (0-1)

    S: D. Graves (1)

    Junior's two-run shot spoils Maddux's return

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Greg Maddux returned to his roots. Ken Griffey Jr. returned to the lineup and got the better of him.

    Griffey hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the season Wednesday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs that spoiled Maddux's reunion with his original team.

    Adam Dunn also homered off Maddux, a four-time Cy Young winner trying to reach more milestones and more playoffs with the long-suffering franchise that got him started.

    "Chicago is a special place, no question," said Maddux, who left there for Atlanta after the 1992 season. "I enjoyed my first six years playing there and always enjoyed going back there as a Brave. There's a little added flavor when you wear the uniform."

    On his big night, Maddux got eclipsed by another 30-something star looking for a throwback season.

    Griffey, who missed the season opener because of a strained calf, hit his 482nd career homer to put the Reds up 3-0 in the third and leave the pro-Cubs crowd in a funk.

    Maddux turned away with a wide-eyed look as Griffey rounded the bases on his first homer since July 12. The 34-year-old outfielder dislocated his shoulder and tore a tendon in his ankle last year.

    "It felt good," Griffey said. "I finally got a chance to go out there and have some fun."

    Ultimately, the only pitcher to win 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons got beat by a pitcher who has never won more than eight in any season. Paul Wilson (1-0) allowed only four hits in seven shutout innings.

    Wilson hadn't gone seven innings without allowing a run since his last start of the 2001 season. He felt even more nervous than Maddux at the outset.

    "I felt like I was going 100 mph for the first couple of innings, but I was able to settle down," Wilson said.

    Ryan Wagner pumped his fist after striking out Sammy Sosa with two runners aboard to end the eighth. Danny Graves gave up a two-out homer to Derrek Lee while getting his first save on a nostalgic night.

    Maddux, who turns 38 next week, hadn't pitched with a cub on his jersey since Sept. 20, 1992, the first of his four Cy Young seasons. He returned to Chicago in February after winning 11 division championships and a World Series in Atlanta, hoping to transfer some of that playoff feeling to his old haunt.

    The thousands of Cubs fans in the crowd of 30,201 made him feel right at home.

    "I was OK," Maddux said. "I was surprisingly OK. Mentally I was where I'd like to be for the next 30 games."

    Maddux heard a "Let's go Cubbies!" chant as he walked from the bullpen after completing his warmups. He and Sosa got the two biggest ovations during introductions -- much louder than anything for the home team.

    Right away, those Cubs fans got to see some unexpected Maddux history.

    Maddux hit D'Angelo Jimenez in the knee with his first pitch. Jimenez was caught stealing before Maddux hit Griffey in the calf -- the first time in his career that he'd plunked two batters in an inning.

    "I guess if you play long enough, it's going to happen," he said.

    Maddux never throws two pitches at the same speed and rarely throws one that stays straight. Dunn got one that didn't bend and hit it deep into the seats in right field in the second inning for the Reds' first lead of the season.

    An inning later, Maddux left one belt-high for Griffey, who's had a lot of success the few times they've faced each other. Griffey is 6-for-14 lifetime with two homers.

    Maddux gave up four hits and two walks in six innings, paying for those two bad pitches that spoiled the outcome but not the occasion.

    "I actually had a good time," Maddux said. "It would have been better if we'd have won. I actually enjoyed the night and look forward to pitching again in five days."

    Game notes


    Rain delayed the game for 33 minutes in the bottom of the fifth. ... Maddux went 11 years, 6 months and 8 days between appearances for Chicago. The only Cubs player with a longer such break was Larry Gura, who went 11 years, 8 months and 18 days (1973-85). ... Maddux made his debut with the Cubs on Sept. 3, 1986, as a pinch-runner for Jody Davis in the 17th inning. He failed to score, stayed in the game, pitched one inning and took the loss against Houston. ... The Reds started Griffey, Dunn and Austin Kearns in the outfield for the first time since June 25. All three had major injuries last season.

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