CINCINNATI (AP) -- Adam Dunn tried to slap a game-winning single
up the middle, and wound up looking bad.
He immediately went back to his best tactic -- swing for the
Dunn's 17th homer was the highlight of a game that featured Ken
Griffey Jr.'s 496th career homer and a rare last-out comeback by
"It would've been a tough loss, but that's the good thing about
us," Dunn said. "Whenever you think we're down late in the game
or in extra innings, we're like, 'It's not whether we're going to
win it, but when."
They didn't waste time.
Sean Casey started the winning rally with a two-out double off
the right-field wall off Chad Cordero (1-1), and Griffey was
intentionally walked to bring up Dunn. He saw a hole up the middle
and tried to slap a single on his first swing.
"I was trying to wait on the ball and hit it up the middle,"
Dunn said. "That's why I swung at the first pitch. I swung and
missed -- go figure."
Dunn, who leads the NL in strikeouts, went back to trying to
drive the ball. He triumphantly tossed his bat away after
connecting on a fastball for his 17th homer -- and third in two
In his last 44 at-bats, Dunn has seven hits -- six of them
homers. Cordero knew he was in trouble if he left a fastball over
"Intentionally walking Griffey was a good idea," Cordero said.
"I just had to go after Dunn. I made a mistake and he made me pay
for it. I tried to go up and in, and I didn't get it in enough."
Todd Jones (4-1) pitched a perfect 10th, then yelled
encouragement at his teammates when he reached the dugout. Jones
took offense that the Expos let Cordero bat in the top of the 10th
so he could stay in the game.
"I just couldn't believe they didn't pinch-hit for Cordero,"
said Jones, who struck him out. "I just told our guys it's kind of
an insult to them. Maybe not. I got caught up in the moment. They
sure made me look like I knew what I was doing."
The Reds took a 3-1 lead into the ninth, when Graves retired the
first two batters. The capacity crowd of 40,545 stood and cheered,
then booed as the lead vanished in seven pitches.
Graves has saved six of Wilson's seven wins, but walked off the
field with his head down to a cascade of boos after his fifth blown
save in 31 chances.
The Reds have won 16 of their last 21 games, setting up a
two-week run atop the NL Central. The unexpected surge has made
them a hit at the ticket office -- they drew their third capacity
crowd of the season for a game against the NL's worst team.
The Reds sold 13,596 tickets at the gates before the game, their
biggest walk-up crowd since they started keeping track in 1987.
Griffey broke open a scoreless game in the fourth with a homer
to center off Tomo Ohka, who had won his three previous starts
against Cincinnati. It was Griffey's 15th homer of the season, his
highest total since 2001.
Two pitches later, Dunn hit one to right, regaining the team
lead in homers. Wilson completed a three-run rally with an RBI
Casey went 2-for-5, raising the NL's top average one point to
The Ohio, Canadian and U.S. flags in center field were
lowered to half-staff, and a moment of silence was held for former
President Reagan before the first pitch. ... Montreal is 0-29 when
trailing after eight innings. ... The Expos have scored two or
fewer runs in seven of Ohka's 11 starts. ... SS Barry Larkin was
out of the Reds lineup for the second straight game with sore
abdominal muscles. He pinch-hit in the ninth and struck out. ... RF
Austin Kearns missed his seventh straight start due to a sore on
the side of his right thumb.