Griffey homered for the fourth straight game Friday as the Reds ended an eight-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory in the opener. It was his 12th homer of the season and 480th of his career.
The last time Griffey homered in four straight games was May 20-23, 1994.
“He’s one a day, like a vitamin,” Reds manager Bob Boone said.
The Reds beat the Brewers at Miller Park for the ninth time in 10 games, improving to 13-5 all-time in Milwaukee’s new stadium.
Milwaukee, which fell to 3-5 on its 10-game homestand, will send Wayne Franklin to the mound Saturday. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA over his last four starts.
On Monday, Franklin took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against visiting Pittsburgh before yielding one run and two hits in a 9-2 win. He struck out five in six innings.
“He’s been on a series of strong performances for us lately,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “He’s really settling into his spot in the rotation nice.”
The Brewers have won 10 of Franklin’s last 11 starts.
“That’s a really good feeling,” Franklin said. “Maybe I could be 10-1 in those starts, but the bottom line is that at the end of the season it comes down to thinking about yourself. During the season you’re thinking about the Brewers.”
STANDINGS: Reds - 4th place (tied), 7 1/2 GB, NL Central. Brewers - 6th place, 11 1/2 GB, NL Central.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Jimmy Haynes (1-9, 5.67 ERA). Haynes will try to avoid matching his loss total from all of last season, when he won a career-high 15 games. The right-hander gave up three earned runs, five walks and six hits over six innings in a 6-3 loss to Houston on Tuesday. He struck out a season-high six. Haynes is 0-4 with a 3.39 ERA in five starts since a 15-1 home victory over Philadelphia on June 13. He is 4-2 with a 5.19 ERA in seven career starts against the Brewers. In five road starts this season, Haynes is 0-3 with a 5.27 ERA.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Franklin (5-5, 4.76 ERA). Franklin is 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 11 starts since May 16. He is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two starts against the Reds this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Sean Casey, .296 avg.; Adam Dunn, 25 HRs and 56 runs; Austin Kearns, 58 RBIs; Aaron Boone, 12 SBs. Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .321 avg.; Richie Sexson, 25 HRs and 60 runs; Sexson and Geoff Jenkins, 68 RBIs; Podsednik and Eric Young, 19 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Reds, 4-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - The Reds are 1-5-2 in their last eight series. … Prior to Friday, CF Griffey was 1-for-9 with no RBIs and four strikeouts against the Brewers this season. … RF Guillen, who had two RBIs Friday, continues to play while appealing his two-game suspension for bumping umpire Matt Hallowell on June 25 at St. Louis. Brewers - All-Stars 1B Sexson (25) and LF Jenkins (20) are the first Brewer teammates to hit 20 home runs prior to the All-Star break. … 1B Sexson has three homers and 12 RBIs during his 11-game hitting streak. … 3B Wes Helms, who drove in Milwaukee’s lone run Friday, has two homers and five RBIs in his last nine games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 20-28 on the road; Brewers - 18-32 at home.
INJURIES: Reds - OF Wily Mo Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Gabe White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL. Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL.