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SAN FRANCISCO -- After earning his first major-league win in nearly two years, Kevin Correia will spend the All-Star break in the minors.
His stay will only be temporary.
"He earned the promotion and he earned the right to come back," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said after Correia and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 Wednesday night. "We've always been excited about his arm and he looks like he's arrived now."
Correia will spend the next 10 days with Class-A San Jose because the Giants figure to retool their rotation following the break.
Pinch-hitter Lance Niekro's two-run triple broke a tie in the fifth and the Giants ended their four-game losing streak. They won at home for just the fourth time in 17 games.
"I don't know when the last time I got a hit against a right-hander," said Niekro, who platoons at first base with J.T. Snow. "It felt good to get in that situation and drive in a couple of runs."
Adam Dunn drove in both runs for the Reds, who lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Dunn has driven in 11 runs in his last 14 games.
Correia (1-0), recalled last Friday, last won in the majors on Sept. 21, 2003, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers. Making his 10th career start, Correia gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.
"I like the position I'm in," he said. "I'm getting more experience and I think I've just progressed in my knowledge of pitching. I'm trying to make them hit the ball instead of trying to strike everybody out."
Correia began the season as a closer at Triple-A Fresno. He made three starts with the Grizzlies before the Giants brought him up to start against San Diego last Friday. He allowed two runs in six innings against the Padres.
"With those starts, when my arm was ready I was back up," Correia said. "It seems like there are always some spots for you if you pitch well."
Correia was 3-1 in 10 games, including seven starts, with the Giants in 2003, but made just one appearance in 2004, spending most of the season with Fresno.
"I knew when I came up as a rookie it wasn't going to be that easy," Correia said. "I had some work to do."
Luke Hudson (1-4) failed to get out of the fifth inning for the third straight start and lost his fourth straight decision, a career worst. He allowed four runs and six hits.
"Just when things were turning around it bites me," Hudson said. "I felt like I was getting on a roll there and a couple of pitches get away and it all blew up."
Correia set down the first eight batters before Hudson's third career hit, a sharp single to left, sparked a two-out rally in the third. Felipe Lopez walked and both runners moved up on a passed ball ahead of Dunn's two-run, broken-bat single to center.
Hudson set down 10 of his first 11 hitters, then allowed five of the next six batters to reach base as the Giants took a 4-2 lead.
Deivi Cruz and Jason Ellison both singled to drive in a run, and Niekro's triple chased Hudson.
|Players of the Game|
|Felipe Lopez, SS||4||1||0||0||1||1||2||.312|
|Adam Dunn, LF||4||0||1||2||1||1||0||.245|
|Joe Randa, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Ken Griffey Jr., CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.283|
|Sean Casey, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.315|
|Rich Aurilia, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.249|
|Wily Mo Pena, RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.289|
|Jason LaRue, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.259|
|Luke Hudson, P||2||1||1||0||0||1||2||.167|
|Brian Shackelford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ray Olmedo, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jason Standridge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kent Mercker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jacob Cruz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|a-doubled for Shackelford in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Mercker in the 9th|
|2B - Ray Olmedo (3, Hawkins)|
|RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (48)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (16)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Ken Griffey Jr. 1|
|DP - Randa-Aurilia-Casey|
|E - Rich Aurilia (5, Wild throw), Felipe Lopez (9, Wild throw)|
|Luke Hudson (L,1-4)||4.1||6||4||4||1||1||0||9.85|
|IBB - Ellison by Jason Standridge|
|Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hudson 69-43, Brian Shackelford 15-7, Jason Standridge 35-17, Todd Coffey 32-21, Kent Mercker 1-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hudson 6-4, Jason Standridge 1-0, Todd Coffey 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Luke Hudson 18, Brian Shackelford 3, Jason Standridge 7, Todd Coffey 8, Kent Mercker 1|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Alex Sanchez, RF||5||0||2||2||0||2||4||.327|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.303|
|J.T. Snow, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.287|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.276|
|Michael Tucker, LF||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.261|
|Deivi Cruz, 2B||4||2||3||1||0||0||1||.289|
|Mike Matheny, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.234|
|Jason Ellison, CF||2||2||1||1||2||0||0||.282|
|Kevin Correia, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Lance Niekro, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.292|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Moises Alou, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.321|
|Scott Eyre, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Munter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Yorvit Torrealba, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.253|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-tripled for Correia in the 5th|
|b-walked for Hawkins in the 6th|
|c-lined out for Munter in the 8th|
|2B - Alex Sanchez (10, Mercker), Mike Matheny (19, Standridge)|
|3B - Lance Niekro (2, Hudson)|
|RBI - Alex Sanchez 2 (15), Deivi Cruz (11), Mike Matheny (38), Jason Ellison (18), Lance Niekro 2 (32)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Sanchez 2 (7), Mike Matheny (15)|
|CS - Alex Sanchez (4, 2nd base by Hudson/LaRue)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Vizquel-Cruz-Snow|
|PB - Mike Matheny (2)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Kevin Correia (W,1-0)||5||5||2||2||4||2||0||3.60|
|LaTroy Hawkins (H,1)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||5.55|
|Scott Eyre (H,15)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.80|
|Scott Munter (H,7)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.08|
|IBB - LaRue by Kevin Correia|
|WP - Kevin Correia (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 81-42, LaTroy Hawkins 25-16, Scott Eyre 17-11, Scott Munter 5-5, Tyler Walker 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 8-4, Scott Munter 1-1, Tyler Walker 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 23, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Scott Eyre 4, Scott Munter 3, Tyler Walker 3|
|Attendance - 33666|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|