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Ken Griffey Jr. hit two of Cincinnati's four homers and drove in a career-high eight runs as the Reds battered Cleveland's wobbly pitching staff and beat their intrastate rival 14-5 Saturday.

The first 12 runs scored on homers four by the Reds, three by the Indians as hitters enjoyed an all-or-nothing afternoon in front of 54,335 fans, the largest Saturday crowd in the stadium's 30-year history.

Griffey led the barrage with two homers, a bases-loaded single and a run-scoring double, adding to his reputation for hitting them out and driving them in against the other league. He leads the majors with 25 homers and 67 RBIs in interleague play since 1997.

Griffey emerged from a deep slump three hits in his last 10 games with a two-run homer in the third off Kane Davis (0-2) and a three-run shot in the fourth off Jim Brower. His fourth two-homer game of the season left him with 28 overall, two behind Mark McGwire for the major league lead.

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  • He also hit a two-run single in the seventh off Steve Reed and doubled in the eighth for the first eight-RBI game by a Red since Dave Parker drove in eight in Atlanta on Sept. 15, 1987. Griffey had never before driven in more than six in a game.

    Pokey Reese added a three-run homer and Chris Stynes had five hits, including his fourth homer in four games, as the Reds beat the Indians for a second consecutive day in front of a capacity crowd with divided loyalties.

    Cleveland hit three solo homers off Steve Parris (5-11) two by Omar Vizquel, one by Kenny Lofton. Parris gave up a career-high four homers, all solo shots, in a 6-5 loss at Jacobs Field on June 10.

    After a month-long slump that has dropped them out of contention in the NL Central, the Reds have won three in a row for the first time since June 2-4. They've moved back to .500 (43-43) for the first time since June 15.

    With their pitching staff decimated by injuries, the Indians have lost 19 of 27. The five-time AL Central champions have fallen to 43-42 overall and have a double-digit gap to make up.

    Cleveland has gone through 26 pitchers, matching the franchise record, and used 11 starters to try to get through an injury-filled first half.

    Davis has made two fill-in starts and been rocked in both. He made his first major league start on June 28 and gave up eight hits and seven runs in an 8-1 loss in Kansas City.

    Notes

  • Cleveland All-Star 3B Travis Fryman left the game in the fourth because of a sore left ankle.
  • It was the first multihomer game of Vizquel's career.
  • Lofton's homer extended his hitting streak to seven games. He's 4-for-9 career against Parris with three homers.
  • The Reds honored broadcaster Marty Brennaman on the field before the game. Brennaman will receive the Ford C. Frick Award at Cooperstown later this month.
  • Stynes is the second Red to homer in four consecutive games this season. Dante Bichette did it from June 1-4. Johnny Bench homered in five straight in 1972 for the club record.
  • Griffey has 426 homers, tied with Billy Williams for 26th on the career list.
  • The Indians remain the best draw in Cincinnati, providing the Reds' first two sellouts since opening day. The first two games of the series drew 107,844 fans.

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