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Griffey, Reds spoil Maddux's return

Postby WebHamster » Thu Apr 08, 2004 2:00 am

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Paul Wilson tossed seven shutout innings and Ken Griffey Jr. belted a two-run homer, as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs, 3-1, at Great American Ball Park.

Wilson (1-0) allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out six. Ryan Wagner worked a scoreless eighth and Danny Graves recorded the final three outs for his first save of the year. Graves surrendered a two-out homer to Derrek Lee in the ninth.

Griffey ended 1-for-3. He did not play in Monday's season-opener because of a strained calf that he sustained late in spring training.

"It felt good," said Griffey. "I finally got a chance to go out there and have some fun."

Adam Dunn contributed a solo homer for the Reds, who rebounded after dropping the opener of the three-game series.

Greg Maddux (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering three runs on four hits in six innings. He walked two and fanned three.

Maddux made his official return to the mound for the Cubs. The four-time National League Cy Young Award winner, who turns 38 next Wednesday, signed a three-year, $24 million contract with Chicago in the offseason. A second-round draft choice in 1984 by the Cubs, Maddux started his major league career in 1986 and played in Chicago through the 1992 campaign.

"Chicago is a special place, no question," said Maddux. "I enjoyed my first six years playing there and always enjoyed going back there as a Brave. There's a little added flavor when you wear the uniform."

Cincinnati grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second courtesy of Dunn's first homer of the season. The Reds then added a pair of runs the following inning, as D'Angelo Jimenez walked and later scored on Griffey's two-out blast to center field.

The Cubs had a runner on second with two outs in the seventh, but Wilson retired Alex Gonzalez on a fly ball to end the frame. Chicago then put runners on first and third with two outs in the eighth, but Wagner struck out Sammy Sosa to retire the side.

Lee broke the shutout when he hit his first homer of the year in the ninth.
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