Baseball: Phillies beat Reds; Griffey stays at 599
By ROB MAADDI
AP Sports Writer
By ROB MAADDI
PHILADELPHIA — Pat Burrell hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Adam Eaton pitched 6 2-3 impressive innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 tonight.
Ken Griffey Jr. walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning to remain one shy of 600 home runs. Griffey wasn't in the Reds' lineup for the second straight game because of general soreness. He's been bothered by a sore left knee, though he could return Wednesday.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo homer and tripled for two of Cincinnati's four hits. Rookie sensation Jay Bruce had a checked-swing, infield single in three at-bats.
Junior represented the tying run when he came up with one out, but walked on four pitches and pitcher Bronson Arroyo ran for him. A sellout crowd gave Griffey a standing ovation and booed when reliever Tom Gordon didn't throw a strike.
Griffey hit No. 599 at home Saturday against Atlanta. The only players to reach 600 are Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa.
The Reds lost center fielder Ryan Freel to a strained right hamstring in the sixth. Freel crumbled to the ground after taking several steps out of the batter's box following a grounder to shortstop. Freel quickly hopped up and hobbled off the field on his own. He'll fly to Cincinnati on Wednesday for further evaluation.