Adam Dunn has not been getting many hits lately. But when he has, he’s made them count.
The 24-year-old slugger has just seven hits in his last 44 at-bats. Six of those hits, however, have been home runs.
Dunn hit two homers Saturday, including a three-run shot in the 10th inning that gave the Reds a 6-3 victory. He has five homers in his last four games and is tied with St. Louis’ Albert Pujols for the major league lead with 17.
Dunn, who leads the majors with 69 strikeouts, said he was originally trying to slap a game-winning single up the middle Saturday. When he missed the first pitch from Chad Cordero, he decided to swing for the fences.
“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.”
Ken Griffey Jr. also homered for the Reds. It was his 15th of the season and the 496th of his career, ranking 20th on the all-time list.
The Reds have won 16 of their last 21 games and have led the NL Central for the past two weeks.
The unexpected surge has already paid off at the ticket office. Cincinnati drew a capacity crowd of 40,545 Saturday for a game against the NL’s worst team, and the 13,596 tickets sold at the gates before the game was the Reds’ biggest walk-up crowd since they started keeping track in 1987.
Montreal, which won Friday’s series opener 4-2, has lost six of its last nine.
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