Griffey alone in sixth place after No. 587

Griffey alone in sixth place with 587

ATLANTA -- Sixth place, all to himself.

Reds right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. hit career home run No. 587 Monday night against the Braves and broke his sixth-place tie with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

"He's a guy that I've known since I was little," Griffey said. "You just can't say enough for what he's done on the field and off the field for the game of baseball."

In the second inning with Cincinnati already leading, 2-0, Griffey launched a 3-2 pitch from Braves reliever Oscar Villarreal into the right-field seats for a three-run long ball. It was Griffey's 24th homer of the season, which has him ranked third in the National League.

Villarreal was the 373rd different pitcher Griffey has homered against, and the 15th different pitcher this season. The Reds went on to win the series opener by a 10-3 score.

The next man on the list for Griffey to catch is still-active Rangers outfielder Sammy Sosa, who is fifth all-time with 602 career home runs.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.