Griffey ties, passes McGwire on HR list with two blasts

Monday, June 25, 2007
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. rounded the bases after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. (TED S. WARREN ~ Associated Press)

The Reds outfielder collected home run Nos. 583 and 584 against his former team.

SEATTLE -- Ken Griffey Jr.'s homecoming to Seattle got even sweeter on its final day.

Griffey hit his 583rd and 584th home runs during the Cincinnati Reds' game Sunday against the Mariners, tying and then passing Mark McGwire for seventh on the career list. The blasts provided all of the Reds' runs in a 3-2 loss in the interleague game.

In the first inning, the 37-year-old Griffey, hit a 2-0 pitch from Miguel Batista to left-center. The slugger took a step and hopped in anticipation of a home run that he had said he hoped to hit this weekend at Safeco Field, "The House that Griffey Built." The ballpark opened in 1999 -- the last full season Griffey played in Seattle before he was traded to his hometown of Cincinnati.

His second homer was vintage Griffey, a no-doubt drive in the fifth reminiscent of so many he launched at the since-demolished Kingdome across the street. He jumped all over Batista's first pitch and sent it rocketing off an advertisement lining the second deck beyond right field for another solo shot.

Griffey dropped his bat immediately and stood for a couple of seconds admiring No. 584.

The homers, his first two against Seattle in six career games, left Griffey two behind Frank Robinson for sixth place. It also gave Griffey 1,654 RBI. That gave him sole possession of 18th place ahead of ex-Red Tony Perez.

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