CINCINNATI – Ken Griffey Jr. tied Frank Robinson for sixth place on the home run list and Kyle Lohse pitched a four-hitter as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1.
Griffey capped Cincinnati’s three-run fifth inning with his 586th homer – 23rd of the season – a two-run shot off of right-hander Micah Owings that traveled 419 feet into the right-center field seats.
Adam Dunn and Brandon Phillips also homered as the Reds won back-to-back games for the first time since wins over the Cleveland Indians on June 10 and the Los Angeles Angels on June 12.
Lohse (5-10) had five strikeouts and two walks in his sixth career complete game, his second this season. He scattered six hits in a 4-0 win over Pittsburgh on May 28.
Arizona’s only hit before the ninth was Orlando Hudson’s double to lead off the fourth inning. He went to third on Chad Tracy’s groundout to first before being stranded. Lohse allowed a run in the ninth on three singles and a double play grounder by Tracy.
Owings (5-4) allowed six runs and six hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings. He had four strikeouts.
Phillips singled with one out in the first inning. One out later, Dunn lofted Owings’ 3-2 pitch 352 feet into the Arizona bullpen down the right field line for his 24th homer of the season and first in 24 at-bats since June 28 at Philadelphia.
Phillips added his 17th homer of the season in the third, a solo shot that traveled 442 feet into the upper deck in left field, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead.
David Ross started Cincinnati’s fifth with a walk. He moved to second on Lohse’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Josh Hamilton’s double off the left field wall.
Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double off reliever Edgar Gonzalez in the seventh.
Notes: Lohse won back-to-back starts for the first time this season … Before the game, the Diamondbacks optioned OF Carlos Quentin to Triple-A Tucson and recalled OF Jeff Salazar from Tucson. … Owings becomes the 372nd pitcher to give a home run to Griffey in his career. … Arizona has lost six of its last seven games and seven of its last nine.