Griffey's 596th HR Leads Reds Past Cubs 9-2

Baker gets first win at Wrigley as manager since leaving Chicago
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2008 6:46 PM CDT
The Reds' Ken Griffey Jr., right, and Cubs catcher Henry Blanco watch Griffey's three-run homer scoring Norris Hopper and Ryan Freel during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Thursday.   (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
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(Newser) – Dusty Baker got a win at Wrigley Field while managing the Cincinnati Reds, thanks to Joey Votto and Ken Griffey Jr. Votto doubled with the bases loaded, homered, drove in five runs and made a nice defensive play and Griffey hit his 596th career homer Thursday as Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2 to end a five-game losing streak.

With the wind blowing in at Wrigley for the first time in the three-game series, Votto delivered the key hits and Baker beat the team he managed from 2003-2006. The Cubs won the first two games, 9-5 and 12-3. Edinson Volquez (2-0) gave up four hits and a run in five innings. In three starts now, he's allowed only 12 hits and two earned runs in 15 1-3 innings.