PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 534th career home run to tie Jimmie Foxx for 13th place on the all-time list, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 Sunday for their fourth straight win.

Griffey went deep against Pittsburgh starter Kip Wells in the fourth inning for his 33rd homer of the season, and fourth in as many games.

The shot also extended Griffey’s hitting streak to 14 games. The 12-time All-Star has hit .458 (27-for-59) during the stretch, with 10 multihit games.

Luke Hudson pitched six strong innings for his fifth win in six starts. Hudson (6-6) allowed one run and three hits, while walking four and striking out seven. He has not permitted more than three earned runs in a start since July 16 against the Chicago Cubs, dropping his ERA from 10.05 to 6.36.

Felipe Lopez had two RBIs and Edwin Encarnacion added two hits and two runs for the Reds, who have won four straight on the road and 14 of their last 16.

Wells held Cincinnati hitless for three innings before Griffey connected to straightaway center. Two innings later, Griffey doubled down the right-field line for the 1,000th extra-base hit of his career. He has 430 doubles and 36 triples.

Griffey’s hits were all Cincinnati could muster before a two-run seventh. Lopez doubled with two outs to score Encarnacion and Jason LaRue reached on an error, chasing Wells (7-14). Wells allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits, while walking three and striking out five.

The Reds took a 3-1 lead when reliever Mile Gonzalez walked Adam Dunn with the bases loaded to score Lopez.

Cincinnati added two more runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Jacob Cruz and Lopez’s sacrifice fly. Sean Casey hit a two-run shot in the ninth for a 7-2 lead.

Pittsburgh, which has lost five in a row and eight of nine, took a 1-0 lead in the first when Craig Wilson doubled home Jason Bay. Wilson was activated earlier in the day after missing 40 games because of a broken bone in his hand.

The Pirates’ other run came on Humberto Cota’s home run to lead off the seventh.

Notes: When Jack Wilson looked at strike three to end the fourth inning, it marked the first time in 72 plate appearances the Pirates shortstop had struck out. It was the longest such streak of his career and had been the longest active streak in the majors. He previously struck out Aug. 7. … With 1,534 career RBIs, Griffey is within three of tying Joe DiMaggio for 38th on the all-time list in that category. … Jason Bay stole second and third base in the fourth inning. He is 16-for-16 in stolen base attempts this season. … The Reds assured themselves of winning the series, which concludes Monday afternoon. They have won five series in a row away from Great American Ball Park and have not lost a series on the road since being swept June 28-29 in St. Louis.

AP-ES-08-28-05 1656EDT


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