Griffey Slams No. 609, Now 5th on HR List

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 20, 2008 8:05 PM CDT
Ken Griffey Jr. hits an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning today. He homered in his next at bat.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Ken Griffey Jr. slammed his 609th home run today to move into a tie with Sammy Sosa for fifth on the Major League Baseball career list. Only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), and Willie Mays (660) have hit more. Griffey's two-run drive helped his Chicago White Sox rout Seattle, 15-3. It was his first homer since Chicago acquired him from Cincinnati last  month.