No player has hit his 500th homer against the Texas Rangers.
Griffey, stuck on 499 since Sunday at Cleveland, is trying to become the 20th player in major league history with 500. He would also join Barry Bonds (676), Sammy Sosa (549) and Rafael Palmeiro (537) as the only active players to reach that milestone.
The All-Star center fielder went 2-for-4 with an RBI Tuesday as the Reds ended their season-high seven-game losing streak with a 5-4, 11-inning victory.
“I think there was a lot of frustration built up, so this was a big relief,” Reds shortstop Barry Larkin said.
Griffey, who sat out a rain-delayed game against the Phillies on Monday, has two more chances to make history at home before the Reds leave on a one-week trip. He hit two homers in his last home game, June 6 against Montreal. He managed only one during the Reds’ slide.
Cincinnati will start its ace Paul Wilson, who is 7-0 with a 3.18 ERA this season.
The Reds have lost just twice in the right-hander’s 12 starts this season, including a 6-5, 11-inning defeat at Cleveland on Friday. Wilson, who left that game with a 5-3 lead in the sixth, allowed three runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings.
“I felt I battled all night,” he said. “But I’ve got to give these guys in the bullpen a break. I threw a lot of pitches. That’s why I had to come out early.”
The Rangers won four of six before Tuesday’s loss.
Alfonso Soriano homered for Texas, giving him two homers and five RBIs during a five-game hitting streak.