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Giants rookie wins his first major league start

8/10/2003

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Emergency starter Kevin Correia pitched six
strong innings for his first major league victory, and Yorvit
Torrealba hit a two-run single as the San Francisco Giants beat the
Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 Sunday.

The injury-plagued NL West leaders kept winning with a
surprisingly effective performance by Correia (1-0), the
last-minute replacement for Jason Schmidt. San Francisco's ace was
scratched to rest the right elbow tendinitis that's bothered him
since the All-Star break, when he was the NL starter.

In just his second major league appearance, Correia allowed
seven hits, one run and two walks, striking out four while pitching
out of trouble in nearly every inning. He got a standing ovation
while leaving the mound after the sixth -- his only 1-2-3 inning of
the day.

Torrealba's hit capped a five-run third against Brett Myers
(11-7), who wasn't sharp while losing for the first time since June
11. Myers allowed eight hits and three walks in four innings,
striking out six.

The Giants were without their top starting pitcher, key reliever
Felix Rodriguez and both halves of their starting double-play
combo. Rich Aurilia (appendectomy) and Ray Durham (groin) probably
won't return until the Giants' next homestand.

But the Giants have maintained a double-digit division lead
despite a starting rotation currently consisting of three rookies,
journeyman Dustin Hermanson and newly acquired Sidney Ponson.
Schmidt is expected to make his next scheduled start Friday in
Montreal, however.

Correia was pitching in the short-season Northwest League at
this time last year. He was recalled to the Giants three times in
July, but pitched just once -- and he was scheduled to start for
Triple-A Fresno in Tacoma on Sunday before getting his fourth
call-up Saturday night.

Myers' six-game winning streak was snapped thanks to the Giants'
rally in the third. Marquis Grissom doubled home the first run and
scored on a wild pitch. Edgardo Alfonzo had an RBI single before
Torrealba drove home Alfonzo and Barry Bonds with a bases-loaded
single.

Bonds doubled and got two more intentional walks from the
Phillies, giving him five in the series. He went 4-for-7 with six
walks in the three-game set.

Philadelphia got its first run on Bobby Abreu's RBI single in
the fifth. Jim Thome, who snapped a two-week homer drought
Saturday, had two hits -- and two more strikeouts, giving him six in
the series.

The Phillies couldn't mount much offense against Correia or
relievers Matt Herges, Joe Nathan and Tim Worrell, who pitched one
inning apiece. Worrell allowed a run in the ninth on pinch-hitter
Tyler Houston's RBI single.

Game notes
No Phillies pitcher has had a longer winning streak than
six games since Tommy Greene won eight straight in 1993. ... The
Giants had their 35th sellout at Pacific Bell Park this season --
and their 28th in a row. ... One fan held up a sign reading "Barry
for Governor." ... Correia is the Giants' 13th starting pitcher
this season, the most since San Francisco used 15 in 1991.