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Griffey gives Reds chance, but Rockies win

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies ruined Junior's
celebration.

Ken Griffey Jr. raised his arms in triumph after his two-run
double put the Cincinnati Reds ahead in the seventh inning Saturday
night, but the Rockies tied it in the ninth off Danny Graves and
won it 8-7 on an error in the 12th inning.

The back-and-forth game lasted four hours and 32 minutes, the
longest for either team this season. It also equaled the longest
road game in Rockies' history.

"Nobody's tired when you're winning," said Juan Pierre, whose
double set up the winning run in the 13th. "Everything is OK when
you're winning."

Not even Griffey's best moment of the season could get the Reds
a win at home, where they've lost 18 of their last 20 games.
They're 7-23 overall at Cinergy Field, the majors' worst home
record.

"It was a pretty good game," manager Bob Boone said. "We just
couldn't close the deal."

Jeff Cirillo and Todd Helton had RBI singles in the ninth off
Graves to tie it at 7, and Brent Mayne scored the go-ahead run on
catcher Kelly Stinnett's error in the 12th.

Mayne drew a two-out walk from Jim Brower (3-5), Cincinnati's
eighth pitcher. He came around from first when Pierre doubled into
the right-field corner and Stinnett dropped the relay throw while
trying to make a one-handed sweep tag.

The ball beat Mayne, who went a step inside the line to run into
Stinnett, hoping to dislodge the ball. The catcher never had it.

"I was just running as hard as I could," Mayne said. "I
didn't think I'd beat the ball (home). I felt if I slid, he would
have blocked the plate."

Jose Jiminez (3-0) got the win, and Craig Dingman got the final
three outs for his first career save.

By taking the first two games, the Rockies clinched only their
second road series of the season. They had a three-game sweep in
San Diego from April 17-19.

After Larry Walker's two-run homer put the Rockies ahead 4-2 in
the seventh, the Reds took the lead with a gritty rally that
provided a rare moment of revelry at Cinergy.

Stinnett bowled over Ben Petrick to score on Jason LaRue's pinch
single off Mike Hampton -- the catcher's mask and helmet went flying
-- and Sean Casey tied it with another pinch single.

Griffey, who returned from a torn hamstring on Friday night,
lined a two-run double to left off Mike Myers for his first
extra-base hit of the season. Griffey raised both arms in triumph
and punched the air as he stood on second base and the 29,937 fans
celebrated.

"I'm trying to erase some zeros in some columns," said
Griffey, who went 2-for-6 and flied out to the warning track twice.
"I finally got one RBI. I'm trying not to do too much, but I hit
four out of six pretty well."

The fans were back to booing when Graves blew a multi-run lead
in the ninth inning for the fifth time this season. Graves, who
hasn't gotten a save at Cinergy Field since May 1, hit Pierre and
gave up a single to Neifi Perez, his fourth hit of the game, to
start the rally.

Cirillo and Helton tied it with one-out RBI singles before
Brooks Kieschnick grounded into a double play that left it tied at
7.

"A couple of those balls were hit hard, but when you're going
good, those are hit at people," said Graves, who has blown five of
his 19 save chances.

Hampton, trying to join Arizona's Curt Schilling as a 10-game
winner, gave up only three hits in the first six innings but was
victimized by Ron Gant's error. The left fielder let Stinnett's fly
ball to the warning track deflect off his glove, letting in two
runs.

Walker drove in four runs with a single, his 20th homer and a
run-scoring groundout. Perez tripled ahead of Walker's homer in the
seventh and went 4-for-7 as he extended his hitting streak to 14
games, one shy of his career high.

Game notes
Dozens of moths swarmed the stadium in the late innings.
... The Rockies also played a four-hour, 32-minute game at Wrigley
Field on July 4, 1994, beating the Cubs 4-2 in the second game of a
doubleheader. ... Perez is 13-for-25 against the Reds this season.
... LHP Gabe White struck out five consecutive batters during his 2
2-3 innings, tying a franchise record. ... Reds starter Lance
Davis, who lasted five innings in his debut, had never attended a
regular-season major league game. ... Reds 2B Pokey Reese got his
first career ejection in the second inning, when he disagreed with
a called third strike by umpire Paul Emmel. ... The Reds are on
pace to set a club record for home losses. They went 28-51 in 1937,
the most home losses in franchise history.