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• Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 25th home run of the season in the Reds' 8-3 win over the Cubs on Tuesday. For Griffey, it was his ninth season of at least 25 home runs, but his first since hitting 40 homers in 2000. No other member of the 500-home run club went five years between 25-homer seasons. Willie McCovey is the only other member of the 500 home run club with fewer than 10 seasons of at least 25 homers; he also had nine.
• The Indians scored 11 runs in top of the ninth inning in their 13-7 win over the Royals. Only two other road teams in major-league history have scored as many runs as the Indians did Tuesday when trailing in the top of the ninth inning.
On Aug. 19, 1970, the White Sox scored 11 runs in the top of the ninth at Fenway Park, after trailing, 5-2, entering the inning. And on July 20, 1984, the Blue Jays scored 11 runs in the top of the ninth against the Mariners at the Kingdome, after trailing, 3-1, going into the inning.
The Indians have won only two other games in team history in which they trailed by five runs going to the top of the ninth, on May 4, 1930 against the Red Sox (at Braves Field, where the Red Sox often played Sunday games between 1929 and 1932) and Aug. 21, 1934 against the Philadelphia A's (at Shibe Park).