Reds Tee Off Against Mussina

The Cincinnati Reds introduced Mike Mussina (7-4) to the Great American Ballpark in grand fashion. The Reds launched four homeruns off of the Moose, sending him to his fourth straight losing decision and winning their series against the Yankees by a final score of 6-2.

The Yankees got both of their runs on a two-run homerun off the bat of Jason Giambi in the third inning. But that was all they could manage off of Reds start Paul Wilson (3-4). Wilson scattered seven hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out five to earn the victory. It was his first win since May 13.

Mussina cruised through the first three innings, but got attacked by the long ball afterwards. The Reds got on the board with a solo shot from Aaron Boone in the fourth inning. Then in the fifth, Sean Casey and Ken Griffey Jr went back-to-back to put Cincinnati up 4-3. Griffey left the game after his homerun with strained biceps.

Jason LaRue chased Mussina in the sixth with his sixth homerun of the season. Mussina was charged with the loss after pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. He hasn't won a game since May 7, when he finished a seven-game win streak.

The Yankees have lost three of their last four, and can't seem to get anything going offensively to support their struggling pitching. Only Alfonso Soriano had more than one this in the Yanks' losing effort. The injuries to key players Nick Johnson and Bernie Williams are taking their toll. Williams' replacement, Juan Rivera, has just two hits in his last 17 at bats.

Griffey injured his right biceps while fouling off a pitch from Mussina. The slugging centerfielder winced in pain and rotated his shoulder, bringing the trainer out from the dugout. Griffey finished his at-bat by launching a solo homerun to left-center, then left the game.

Jose Contreras (2-1, 5.40) will make his second start of the season, looking to prevent a sweep at the hands of the Reds. Danny Graves (3-4, 4.79) will take the hill for Cincinnati in the last game of the three-game set.

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