Miami (25-20) at Cincinnati (27-18)

Fair Currently: Cincinnati, OH
Temp: 76° F
  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed May 26, 2004
  • TV: FSFL, FSOH
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Last year, the Florida Marlins shocked the baseball world by winning an unlikely World Series title. This season, the Cincinnati Reds are among the biggest surprises in baseball.

The Reds look to extend their season-high winning streak to eight games as they face the Marlins in the middle game of their series at Great American Ball Park.

One of the reasons for Cincinnati’s improvement is the re-emergence of Ken Griffey Jr.

Griffey hit a three-run homer, the 492nd of his career, to lead the surging Reds to a 5-2 victory on Tuesday night.

The homer was Griffey’s third in his last three games, and extended Cincinnati’s winning streak to seven games, its longest in two years. The Reds have the NL’s best record at 27-18 after winning 10 of 11.

“We struggled the last couple of years to keep guys on the field,” said Griffey, who had ankle and shoulder surgery last year. “If you can keep the core of the team on the field, good things can happen.

“We just wanted to come out at the beginning of spring training and make the people of Cincinnati very proud of this baseball team. So far, we’re having a lot of fun doing it.”

Florida, which came into this series after winning three of four against Arizona, remain tied atop the NL East with Philadelphia, which lost 5-0 to New York on Tuesday night.

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