Reds 11, Brewers 6
CINCINNATI (AP)—For the first time in 40 days, the Cincinnati Reds are moving up.
The Reds had spent the last 40 days in last place in the NL Central. They moved a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh on Friday with their third straight victory, matching their best winning streak of the season.
“Nice,” Dunn said. “It’s a baby step. You’ve got to pass them one at a time. I’m hoping we can point for third and kind of play spoiler to the Cardinals, Cubs and Astros.”
Nothing has come easy for the Reds, not even their first upward move in almost two months. A blown transformer caused a power outage in the top of the seventh inning, leaving only security lights working at the ballpark. The game resumed after a 25-minute delay.
Fans amused themselves by singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” and inventing cheers during the delay. Players sat in the dugout and waited for the rest of the lights to come back.
“It was the first time I’ve been at a place when the lights went out,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “It was kind of strange.”
Dunn had a solo homer off Tomo Ohka (6-5) in the third and added a two-run shot in the seventh off Ricky Bottalico, his 27th, that went an estimated 464 feet. More homers have been hit at Great American Ball Park than any other in the majors this season.
“I gave up too many fly balls,” said Ohka, who allowed 10 hits and seven runs in six innings. “That’s trouble in this city.”
Felipe Lopez and Joe Randa added solo homers for the Reds, who lead the NL with 132. They had 10 extra-base hits, their most in a game since Sept. 12, 2002, against the Chicago Cubs at Cinergy Field, which would be demolished a few weeks later.
“We’re trying to play consistent baseball, and we’re doing that,” Randa said. “Our offense is really starting to click on all cylinders. If we keep it up, there could be some fun days ahead for this team.”
Griffey had another throwback game, going 2-for-5 and making two impressive plays in center field. The 10-time Gold Glove outfielder ran down Rickie Weeks’ liner in the fifth, then doubled up a runner at first.
An inning later, he got a standing ovation after running into the wall to get Geoff Jenkins’ fly ball. Griffey also stretched a hit into a double, showing confidence in a hamstring that was torn from the bone a year ago.
“He’s definitely one of the best players in the game,” interim manager Jerry Narron said. “After what he went through last season, a lot of people didn’t think he would play again. It took him a while to get his legs back.”
Ramon Ortiz (6-6) was warming up to start the seventh when most of the lights went out. He went back to the mound when the power was restored, finishing a seven-inning stint in which he gave up three runs. Ortiz tied Aaron Harang for most wins in a rotation that has given up the most runs and pitched the fewest innings in the NL.
Jenkins doubled home two runs in the first, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games. It’s the longest hitting streak by a Brewer this season.
Griffey singled home a run in the bottom of the inning, moving into a tie with Mantle for 42nd on the career list with 1,509. Griffey leads the Reds with 65 RBIs, his best total since 2001, when leg and shoulder injuries started sidetracking his career.
Dunn’s second homer highlighted a three-run seventh that put the Reds up 10-3. Weeks homered during a three-run rally in the eighth that cut it to 10-5.
Brewers OF Brady Clark had his 38th mulithit game, most in the NL. … 1B Lyle Overbay went 2-for-4, leaving him 11-for-15 against the Reds this season with three homers. … Wes Helms had a pinch-hit single in the top of the ninth. Helms leads the majors with a pinch-hit average of .500 (12-for-24). … Reds RHP Josh Hancock threw 50 pitches to hitters before the game. He has been sidelined since spring training with a strained groin. Hancock hopes to pitch on a medical rehab assignment next week. … It’s the seventh time the Reds have won three straight this season. … Dunn has 14 multihomer games, five this season.