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Griffey homers in 43rd stadium, ties big-league record

ST. LOUIS -- Ken Griffey Jr. homered in his 43rd stadium on Monday night, connecting in his first game at new Busch Stadium to tie Fred McGriff for the major-league record.

Griffey hit his ninth homer of the season and 545th of his career to straightaway center off Jeff Suppan with one out in the fifth to give the Cincinnati Reds a 3-2 lead over the Cardinals. Griffey was on the 15-day disabled list in mid-April when the Reds played at new Busch for the first time.

On May 20, Griffey added the Tigers' Comerica Park to his list with a grand slam off Joel Zumaya. He has homered in every existing ballpark and is 12th on the career homer list, three behind Mike Schmidt.

Earlier in the game, Griffey doubled for his 1,016th career extra-base hit, snapping a tie for 22nd with Schmidt.