SAN DIEGO(AP) Mired in a long slump, the
San Diego Padres
reverted to the winning formula that worked so well for them early in the season.
Behind the bat of major league home run leader
, timely hitting and a solid outing from
, the Padres ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the
on Friday night.
Gonzalez homered in his fifth straight game,
drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh and Correia became the first Padres starter to win in 26 games.
''It's nice to win; you can take a deep breath and sort of regain some confidence and some momentum,'' manager
The win was just the Padres' fifth in 24 games. But it was reminiscent of the kind of victories the club recorded when it
got off to a 9-3 start.
''We have to get back to doing that,'' second baseman
said. ''It was a good team win, and that's what we have to get back to doing and not trying to do too much.''
Gonzalez gave San Diego an early lead with a solo homer in the first, but it took a big seventh inning for the Padres to get
back in the win column.
Gonzalez's drive off
(3-4) was his sixth homer during his five-game streak.
Gonzalez, one of the few bright spots for the 14-22 Padres, moved within one of tying the club record for consecutive games
with home runs set by
in 1984. Gonzalez, who had five homers and eight RBIs on San Diego's 0-6 road trip, finished 1 for 3 with a walk.
Correia (1-2) allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings to earn his first win with the Padres. The right-hander
signed with the team in the offseason.
Correia's win was the first by a Padres starter since
on April 16. San Diego starters were 0-12 during that span. It was also the team's first home win by a starter since
beat San Francisco 6-1 on April 12.
''This game is based on statistics,'' Black said. ''I didn't really like that one.''
Correia had his second strong game after going six innings in his last start at Houston last Saturday, allowing two runs and
four hits in a no-decision.
''It's simple. It's staying within my delivery,'' Correia said. ''It resulted in a lower pitch count and that resulted in
retired four batters to pick up his ninth save in nine chances.
Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, Eckstein and his teammates had the sort of inning that has been missing in recent weeks.
reached on a leadoff single, advanced to second on a groundout and took third on
' base hit.
followed with a tying single into right field despite getting jammed by Harang.
''It was just one of those at-bats where he just got enough on the ball to get it out of the infield,'' Harang said. ''I did
what I wanted to do.''
replaced Harang and walked Gonzalez on four pitches to load the bases. Hairston then hit a tiebreaking RBI single off
added a sacrifice fly.
''I sent (Harang) back out there in the seventh because he was throwing the ball great,'' manager
said. ''Then he got nickeled and dimed.''
Harang, a San Diego native, allowed five runs and eight hits.
Right fielder Giles lost
's fifth-inning line drive in the lights, allowing two runs to score and putting Cincinnati ahead 2-1. The play was ruled
a double as Giles went to the grass as the ball was sinking. He stuck his glove up as he turned his head and nearly caught
it before it hit the ground.
hit his fifth homer in the sixth to put the Reds up 3-1 but
got San Diego within one again with an RBI double in the bottom half.
, whose shot Friday night came in San Diego's 36th game, did not hit his 15th home run last season until the Padres' 52nd
game. ... Cincinnati's
went 0 for 4 to end his 14-game hitting streak. ...
started at shortstop for the first time since May 4. Gonzalez missed nine games with a strained left oblique muscle. ... Reds
, whose next start was pushed back until Wednesday because of off days, was available for relief work on Friday and will be
available on Saturday. Cincinnati RHP
(strained side) is unavailable through Saturday.