Kevin Correia made the most of his most recent chance to pitch in the majors.
In his second start of the season, Correia allowed two earned runs and five hits over five innings in a 7-2 win over Cincinnati on July 6. The 24-year-old right-hander was sent back to Class-A San Jose during the All-Star break while the Giants retooled their rotation, but manager Felipe Alou said he deserved another shot with the major league squad.
“He earned the promotion, and he earned the right to come back,” Alou said. “We’ve always been excited about his arm, and he looks like he’s arrived now.”
The victory was the first since Sept. 21, 2003, for Correia, who also allowed two earned runs over five innings in the Giants’ 3-2 win over San Diego on July 1.
“I like the position I’m in,” said Correia, who has made 24 career appearances, including 10 starts. “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.”
The Giants took three of four games from the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, including Sunday’s 4-1 win. Michael Tucker hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth and Ray Durham added a homer for San Francisco, which lost six of nine before the break. Durham went 8-for-15 with six RBIs in the series.
Barry Bonds, who has had three knee surgeries since Jan. 31, visited the Giants on Sunday, but said he still is not sure when he will join them on the field.
The Braves lead the NL wild card race by four games over second-place Philadelphia.