Griffey Hits No. 594 in Reds' Win Over Phillies

Cincy also gets another solid start from a young pitcher
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2008 6:03 PM CDT
Cincinnati Reds' Jeff Keppinger (27) is met by Ken Griffey Jr. after Keppinger hit a solo home run off Philadelphia pitcher Brett Myers in the third inning on Sunday, April 6, 2008, in Cincinnati.   (AP Photo/David Kohl)
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(Newser) – Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 594th career homer Sunday, a two-run shot that resumed his pursuit of a seldom-reached milestone and powered the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Griffey's first homer of the season off Brett Myers (0-1) left him six shy of becoming the sixth player in major league history to reach 600 homers.

Jeff Keppinger homered and drove in three runs for the Reds, who improved to 4-2 with another encouraging start by a newcomer. Right-hander Edinson Volquez (1-0) struck out eight in 5 1-3 innings, the second time during the homestand that a young Reds pitcher made a good first impression. The 24-year-old Volquez gave up five hits and a pair of walks.