CINCINNATI (AP) _ Benito Santiago hit a go-ahead grand slam off Armando Benitez as the Cincinnati Reds rallied with a six-run eighth inning Wednesday to beat the New York Mets 11-8.

New York, just 1-5 in September, led 8-5 going into the eighth

Chris Stynes and Ken Griffey Jr. hit consecutive one-out singles off Turk Wendell, who relieved Dennis Cook at the start of the inning.

John Franco (5-4) came in and gave up RBI singles to Sean Casey and Dmitri Young, then walked Alex Ochoa, loading the bases.

Santiago homered to left on the first pitch, his fifth homer of the season and seventh career slam, his first this year.

Benitez blew a save for the fifth time in 42 chances this year.

John Riedling (2-1), the fifth of six Cincinnati pitches, allowed one hit and walked one in one inning, and Danny Graves pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save in 30 chances.

Griffey hit his 38th homer of the season, and Casey added his 11th. Todd Pratt and Matt Franco homered for the Mets, who began the day one game behind Atlanta in the NL East.

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