Cincinnati (34-52) at Arizona (42-46)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Sat Jul 9, 2005
  • TV: FSOH
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Ken Griffey Jr. hasn’t lost it.

He’ll look to continue his hot hitting, and help the Cincinnati Reds post their first road series win of the year as they resume a three-game set with the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks.

Griffey hit a game-tying, three-run homer in Cincinnati’s 4-3 win over Arizona on Friday.

The 35-year-old slugger, plagued by injuries in recent seasons and toiling for a last-place team, passed 1,500 RBIs with the blast, giving him 58 for the season and 1,502 for his career.

“I’m fortunate to have been healthy early in my career and put up some numbers,” said Griffey, who hit his 17th home run of the year.

“For the last few years, it seems like I’ve just been putting along. The things that I’ve gone through the last four years, it does mean something.”

The 12-time All-Star has picked up his offense lately after hitting .234 with no homers and three RBIs in his first 18 games of the season.

Griffey finished 2-for-4 on Friday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He is batting .395 (15-for-38) during that stretch, and .347 (50-for-144) with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 38 games since May 25.

“I would never be surprised when he comes through like that,” Reds manager Jerry Narron said. “He’s had a career that is one of the best ever, and he is still a very, very good ballplayer.”

Rich Aurilia singled in the go-ahead run for the Reds, who posted just their 10th road win this season, but improved to 3-2 on their seven-game trip.

Cincinnati owns the third-worst road record in the majors (10-30), and has gone 0-11-3 in road series this year. It won consecutive road games for the first time this season on Monday and Tuesday at San Francisco, but wound up splitting the four-game set.

Craig Counsell and Troy Glaus homered for Arizona, which has lost eight of its last 10 at home.

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