Ken Griffey Jr. hit career home run No. 564 to take sole possession of 10th place on the all-time list as the Cincinnati Reds blasted the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-3, in the opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. Alex Gonzalez hit two homers, a two-run shot and a three-run home run, and Scott Hatteberg went 3-for-5 with two runs scored for the Reds, who stopped a two-game slide. Chris Duncan and Scott Spiezio each drove in a run for the Cardinals, who have dropped six of their last eight games. Kip Wells (1-4) dropped his third straight start as he was banged for eight runs on nine hits with three walks in just 4 2/3 innings of work. The Cardinals and Reds will play again tonight at 7:00 on KSMO Radio.
Rookie pitcher Joakim Soria allowed the White Sox two runs in the ninth inning, one on a throwing error and another on a wild pitch, as Chicago earned a 9-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals, sweeping a two-game set at Kauffman Stadium. The game was delayed nearly two hours at the start by heavy rain and tornado warnings, but in the end it was Soria's mistakes that boosted that White Sox to their sixth win in seven games. Brian Bannister for Kansas City, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha earlier in the day, did not factor in the decision. The right-hander surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on five hits in 4 1/3 innings, while walking two and striking out four. Mark Teahen had two hits, two RBI and scored twice for the Royals. Ross Gload added a two-run triple. Bannister's father, Floyd Bannister, pitched for the Royals from 1988-89. The two are the third father-son combination in club history, behind Hal & Brian McRae and John & Dusty Wathan. The Royals will travel to Minnesota to face the Twins tonight.
Major League Baseball Scores:
Atlanta 11, Florida 6
Pittsburgh 3, Houston 0
Philadelphia 6, Washington 3
NY Mets 2, Colorado 1 (12 inngs)
Milwaukee 4, Chicago Cubs 1
San Diego 10, Arizona 5
San Francisco 5, LA Dodgers 3
Oakland 4, Baltimore 2
LA Angels 9, Detroit 8 (10 inngs)
Toronto 10, Boston 3
Cleveland 5, Minnesota 3
Tampa Bay 6, NY Yankees 4
Seattle at Texas, postponed, rain
Funeral services for Emery E. Hawkins of Rolla, age 81, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or Calvary Assembly of God.
Funeral services for Larry Jethel McMillen of Salem, age 57, will be held Thursday at 10:00 am at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to be made to the American Cancer Society.
Funeral services for George Ziebol of Steelville, age 71, will be held Thursday evening at 6:00 at the assembly of God Church in Steelville. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 at the church. Interment will be in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis on Friday. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Eagle Flight Ministries.
Funeral services for Lionel Madore of Salem, age 88, will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem.