One night after hitting a grand slam for career home run No. 599, Rangers slugger Sammy Sosa went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. Texas starter Jamey Wright, making his first appearace since coming off the 60-day DL, allowed three homers in five innings.
With all eyes on Sammy Sosa's pursuit of 600 career homers, Reds star Ken Griffey Jr. stole the spotlight, going deep twice for career home runs Nos. 580 and 581. Catcher David Ross also homered twice and Adam Dunn connected on his 17th of the season.
BATTING 2B: Hamilton (8, Wright), Gonzalez (15, Francisco). HR: Griffey 2 (18, 1st inning off Wright, 0 on, 2 out; 3rd inning off Wright, 1 on, 0 out), Dunn (17, 1st inning off Wright, 0 on, 2 out), Ross 2 (9, 6th inning off Francisco, 2 on, 0 out; 8th inning off Eyre, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Hatteberg; Phillips 2; Griffey 8; Dunn 4; Hamilton 3; Gonzalez 4; Ross 9. RBI: Griffey 3 (43), Dunn (43), Ross 4 (23). 2-out RBI: Griffey; Dunn. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hatteberg 2; Phillips 2. S: Harang. GIDP: Hamilton; Encarnacion. Team LOB: 5.
BASERUNNING CS: Phillips (4, 2nd base by Wright/Laird), Dunn (2, 2nd base by Mahay/Laird).