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Arroyo Rocked By Padres

CINCINNATI (AP) - Kevin Correia is getting plenty of support

from his teammates.

The San Diego right-hander was on the mound Friday night for the

Padres' second-biggest outburst of the season, a 10-4 win over the

Cincinnati Reds. He was the winning pitcher in the biggest, too, a

17-2 victory over Atlanta on April 12.

"I've had a couple of weird ones," Correia said. "I'll never

complain about runs. I feel good right now."

Correia didn't allow a hit into the sixth inning and Adrian

Gonzalez hit his second career grand slam as San Diego extended its

winning streak to seven games.

Tony Gwynn Jr. added a two-run homer and Matt Stairs and Everth

Cabrera drove in two runs apiece in support of Correia, who didn't

allow a hit until Ryan Hanigan led off the sixth with a double to

center field.

"I was aware of it," Correia said. "The count was 3-2, and

I'm thinking, 'Throw strikes.' I could've tried a slider down and

away and maybe walked him, but I was only through five, and there

was so much of the game left that it never even entered my mind."

Correia (3-1) improved to 6-1 in his career against Cincinnati,

including 4-1 at Great American Ball Park. The Reds reached Correia

for three hits and two runs in that inning. He left with two outs.

Correia also walked Joey Votto three times and struck out five.

Chase Headley led off San Diego's four-run second inning with a

single to center and went to third on Will Venable's double to

right. Stairs doubled to virtually the same spot for his first RBIs

of the season. Gwynn followed one out later with his first homer, a

drive into the visitors' bullpen down the right field line.

Stairs and Gwynn weren't in San Diego's original starting

lineup. They were inserted after Padres manager Bud Black learned

that Bronson Arroyo would be starting instead of Johnny Cueto, a

decision made at least a day earlier but mistakenly not

communicated to the media and San Diego. Stairs' start was his

first of the season.

"We wanted to get Stairs and Gwynn some at-bats," Black said.

"We felt that left-handers have a better chance against Arroyo.

When we saw the rotation a week ago, we planned to play them on

Saturday, when Arroyo was scheduled to pitch.

The Padres knocked Arroyo out of the game during their six-run

fourth inning. Nick Hundley and Gwynn led off with singles and

Correia walked while trying to lay down a sacrifice. Cabrera

followed with a two-run single, and after former Red Jerry Hairston

Jr. greeted reliever Micah Owings with a single to load the bases,

Gonzalez hit the first pitch into the right field seats for his

fourth home run of the season.

"You can actually miss-hit a ball here and still hit it out,"

Gonzalez said. "I didn't hit the ball all that well. There seemed

to be a jet stream out there. I don't know how this park normally

plays, but there was something out there tonight."

The six fourth inning runs were the most allowed by the Reds in

one inning this season.

"I actually felt better than I did my last couple of times,"

said. "I just got beat. Those big innings kill you. For



their guy to be throwing as well as he was, giving up fivr or six

(runs) early kills you."

Arroyo (0-2) was roughed up for eight runs on eight hits,

issuing two walks without striking anybody out. His three-inning

stint was the shortest since he lasted one inning while giving up

seven hits and nine runs in a 15-3 loss to Milwaukee on May 6, last


That's what manager Dusty Baker most likely was thinking about

while hoping that Arroyo can turn it around.

"We've covered this before," he said. "He goes through

periods where he looks like he can't get anybody out, then he'll

reel off six or seven great starts in a row."

NOTES: Padres RHP Chris Young, who is on the 15-day disabled

list with a strained right shoulder, threw a four-inning simulated

game in the bullpen before the game. "He turned the ball loose,"

Black said. "He said his arm felt very good. We'll evaluate him in

the next day or two." Young is eligible to be activated at any

time. ... Gonzalez's homer was the 134th of his career with San

Diego, breaking a tie with Ryan Klesko for fifth on the club's

career home run list. Gonzalez needs one to tie Tony Gwynn Sr. for

fourth. ... Gonzalez has hit at least one home run in four of San

Diego's last five games against the Reds, dating back to last



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