Ken Griffey Jr. is congratulated after his homer in the third inning. (Mark Avery/AP)
By Jim Street / MLB.com
Ken Griffey Jr. launched career homer No. 620 into the seats in the third to give Felix Hernandez all the room he would need to maneuver on Saturday, as Hernandez allowed just four hits and an unearned run for his eighth victory of the season.
BATTING 2B: Suzuki, I (14, Milton), Gutierrez, F 2 (8, Milton, Mota). 3B: Branyan (1, Milton). HR:
Griffey Jr. (9, 3rd inning off Milton, 1 on, 1 out), Branyan (19, 9th inning off Leach, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Griffey
Jr. 4; Suzuki, I 4; Beltre; Gutierrez, F 5; Lopez, Jo 2; Branyan 7. RBI: Gutierrez, F (26), Branyan 2 (38), Griffey
Jr. 2 (25). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Griffey Jr. 2; Hernandez, F 2; Cedeno, R. Team RISP:
1-for-12. Team LOB: 8.