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Reds lose for eighth time in 11 games

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 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."

Relievers LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Eyre, Scott Munter and Tyler
Walker each pitched a scoreless inning.

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.

Mike Matheny added a run-scoring double in the sixth, and Alex
Sanchez drove in two runs with an eighth-inning double.

Game notes
Giants 2B Ray Durham was a late scratch after straining his
left wrist in batting practice. ... Giants OF Moises Alou was given
the night off. ... Reds INF Anderson Machado was activated from the
DL, replacing INF Edwin Encarnacion, who was optioned to Triple-A
Louisville. ... RHP Jason Standridge became the 16th player to make
his Reds debut this season. ... Reds OF Wily Mo Pena went 0-for-4
(three strikeouts and a double-play grounder), ending his 11-game
hitting streak. ... INF Brian Dallimore was recalled from Triple-A
Fresno to take Correia's roster spot.