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Dunn 0-for-23 before homer

MONTREAL (AP) -- Adam Dunn received a vote of confidence from Ken
Griffey Jr., then went out and delivered a big hit.

Dunn homered for his first hit in a week and Jose Acevedo got
his first win in over a month, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-1
victory over the Montreal Expos on Saturday night.

Dunn, hitless in his first two at-bats to extend his slump to
0-for-23, led off the seventh with a drive into the right-field
stands off Zach Day (3-6).

Asked if he thought he'd get another hit this season, Dunn
wasn't as confident as Griffey was.

"No I didn't, but Junior told me I was going to get one today,
I think he told me (Friday) night," Dunn said.

It was Dunn's 12th homer of the season and first hit since May
22, when he went 2-for-2 in an 8-7 win over Houston.

"I told him after the game, 'You get to play tomorrow," Reds
manager Dave Miley said. "That was a big, big home run."

Cincinnati, the surprise NL Central leaders, have won nine of 11
and are tied with Florida for the league's best record at 29-20.

Acevedo (3-3) scattered five hits -- including Endy Chavez's solo
homer in the sixth -- in seven innings for his first win in seven
starts since April 20.

"All my pitches were right there," Acevedo said. "I threw
some changeups, some curves and some sliders, and everything
worked."

Danny Graves pitched the ninth for his second straight save and
major league-leading 23rd in 27 opportunities.

Montreal has lost three in a row, and eight of nine. The Expos
fell to a NL-worst 15-33.

"I don't see any fire, no intensity," manager Frank Robinson
said. "Nobody's getting (upset). I'm not saying they're giving up
but when they start to accept losing, it's not very good. You don't
see light at the end of the tunnel."

Reds right fielder Austin Kearns missed the game because of an
open sore on his right thumb.

Day, who walked six in seven innings, held Cincinnati to one hit
-- Ryan Freel's leadoff single in the first -- through the first six
innings.

The Expos walked a season-high eight batters. Sun-woo Kim walked
two while getting just one out in relief of Day.

Freel opened the scoring in the sixth as the Reds manufactured a
run without a hit. Freel walked to lead off the inning and stole
second, his eighth steal of the season. He advanced to third on
Barry Larkin's grounder to second and scored on Sean Casey's RBI
grounder.

"They did the right thing," Day said. "I walked somebody,
they got him over and on two groundballs, they're scoring. The home
run, I'll take a solo home run, I'm going to give up those, I'm not
going to be perfect every time but they did the little things to
pull it off."

Chavez hit his third homer of the season with one out in the
bottom half to tie it at 1.

Dunn's homer restored Cincinnati's one-run lead and the Reds
made it 3-1 later in the inning when Jacob Cruz scored on Day's
wild pitch past catcher Brian Schneider on an 0-2 pitch to Freel
with two outs and runners on second and third.

Day, 1-5 in his last six starts, allowed three runs and three
hits. He struck out five.

D'Angelo Jimenez hit an RBI double off Kim in the eighth to
drive in the Reds' fourth run.

Montreal's Nick Johnson singled in the fifth for his first NL
hit. Johnson, who popped out in the second after going 0-for-3 in
his Expos debut Friday, doubled in the seventh.

Game notes
Kearns will be rested Sunday and reevaluated Monday in
Florida. ... Reds center fielder Griffey made an over-the-shoulder
catch just short of the warning track on Brad Wilkerson's fly an
at-bat before Chavez's homer. ... The Expos did not make an error
for the 32nd time in 48 games. Montreal has committed a major
league-low 18 errors.