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SEATTLE, Wash. - The Seattle Mariners beat the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, 3-2, despite the fact that Ken Griffey Junior capped his Seattle homecoming with two home runs for the Reds, putting him in seventh place on the career list, passing Mark McGwire.
Griffey now has 584 home runs. He hit both of the solo drives off Mariners starting pitcher Miguel Batista. To win the game, the Mariners' Ben Broussard hit a two-run double off Bronson Arroyo in the sixth inning to tie it, and Willie Bloomquist had a suicide squeeze bunt in the seventh to put Seattle ahead.
Griffey's first homer came in the first inning, when he hit a 2-0 pitch from Batista to left-center. Left fielder Willie Bloomquist leaped and appeared to catch it. For an awkward moment, there was nothing, no signal from the umpire, no motion from Bloomquist, no noise from the crowd, and Griffey simply stood between first and second bases. But when Bloomquist began walking back to his position without the ball, the umpire signaled a home run and the crowd cheered.
It was Griffey's 15th career home run at Safeco Field, the stadium he left when the Mariners traded him to Cincinnati seven years ago.
Griffey's second homer came in the fifth inning, and left no doubt. It rocketed off an advertisement lining the second deck beyond right field.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)