Reds smack three homers to top Braves

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jimmy Haynes needed a lift, and Juan Encarnacion

gave it to him.

Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to give Cincinnati a 4-2 lead,

and Adam Dunn and Aaron Boone each added solo shots Saturday night

to lead the Reds to a 6-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves.


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``That was the big blow,'' Haynes said of Encarnacion's home

run. ``It took a load of weight off my shoulders. We trailed 2-1

and that gave us the lead. I just tried to hold them after that.''

Haynes (4-5) allowed 10 hits in seven innings. He struck out

five and didn't walk a batter. The Reds, who have been in first

place in the NL Central since April 26, ended a two-game losing


Haynes gave up a two-run homer to Rafael Furcal in the third,

then held off the Braves until the seventh, when he gave up two

more runs.

``I had pretty good stuff. I made one mistake to Furcal, a

fastball in that came back over the plate. Other than that, I made

some good pitches,'' Haynes said. ``I throw a lot of pitches in the

strike zone and they got some hits here and there, but I also get

lots of groundballs that eventually will get me out of trouble.''

Atlanta starter Jason Marquis (3-3) retired his first 11 batters

before giving up three straight two-out hits in the fourth,

including Austin Kearns' RBI single that cut it to 2-1.

``My location started to get off key a little after the third

inning,'' Marquis said. ``Encarnacion's home run was a slider I

left over the plate. He put a really good swing on it. That changed

the whole outlook of the game.''

Encarnacion's 11th homer of the season -- on a 3-0 pitch -- was a

398-foot shot into the left-field seats. It followed a two-out

double by Haynes and a single by Todd Walker.

Dunn, who also homered Friday night, hit his 10th of the year in

the sixth off Marquis. Two batters later, Boone hit his third off

reliever Kevin Gryboski.

Furcal's two-run homer, his second of the year, gave the Braves

a 2-0 lead in the third, but Haynes held Atlanta scoreless until

the seventh, when he yielded a run-scoring grounder by Javy Lopez

and Furcal's RBI single. Furcal went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Cincinnati's Gabe White pitched a scoreless eighth to set up

Danny Graves for his 16th save in 20 tries.

Marquis went 5 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs and eight


Game notes
Ken Griffey Jr., who started Friday night after missing

nearly seven weeks on the disabled list with a partially torn

patella tendon in his right knee, pinch-hit in the ninth and

singled to left-center. ... Dunn extended his streak of at least

one walk to 11 straight games (16 during the streak and 47 for the

season) when he drew a base on balls from Darren Holmes in the

eighth. ... Kearns was 2-for-22 until his RBI single in the fourth.

... Reds SS Barry Larkin ended an 0-for-14 skid with a sixth-inning

single, chasing Marquis, who had allowed only one earned run in 12

innings in winning his last two starts. ... Braves OF Gary

Sheffield, who has missed three straight starts with a slightly

sprained left hamstring, pinch-hit in the seventh and grounded out.