Reds 5, Marlins 2
-- Ken Griffey Jr. glared into the Florida Marlins' dugout as he rounded the bases on his 492nd career homer Tuesday night, a three-run shot that sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-2 victory, their seventh straight.
Griffey's glare sent a message to Florida Manager Jack McKeon, who decided to intentionally walk Sean Casey, allowing Josh Beckett to face the all-century outfielder with the score tied in the sixth.
Griffey hit the first pitch from Beckett (4-4) deep into the seats in right field, then stared angrily at the Marlins after he rounded third. It was the third time on the homestand that an opponent walked Casey to pitch to Griffey.
His third homer in three games kept Paul Wilson (7-0) on the best start of his career and extended the Reds' longest winning streak in two years after winning 10 of its last 11 games.
Barry Larkin added a solo homer and a run-scoring single, helping the Reds hold onto first place in the NL Central for a second day.
Wilson, who has never had a winning record or more than eight victories in any season, joined Houston's Roger Clemens at 7-0 with another solid performance.
The right-hander gave up seven hits in seven innings, including Miguel Cabrera's tying RBI single in the sixth as a thunderstorm approached. Fans were urged to leave the uncovered upper deck in the middle of the inning.
With heavy rain falling, Ryan Freel singled to open the Reds' sixth, then took second on Barry Larkin's groundout. Casey, the NL's top hitter, was intentionally walked to bring up Griffey.