CINCINNATI (AP) – Randy Winn hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Todd Linden also homered and drove in two runs for the Giants, who overcame solo shots by Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns.

Winn led off the first inning with a single and the third with his ninth homer this season – his third in 13 games since being acquired from Seattle on July 30.

The speedy center fielder doubled with one out in the fourth and opened the fifth with a triple to right-center, making him the 21st player in Giants history to hit for the cycle and the first since Jeff Kent in a 9-8 loss at Pittsburgh on May 3, 1999.

It was the first time Winn hit for the cycle in his eight-year major league career. He is the third player to accomplish the feat this season, joining St. Louis’ Mark Grudzielanek on April 27 against Milwaukee, and Washington’s Brad Wilkerson on April 6 in Philadelphia.

Kevin Correia (2-3) went five innings to beat the Reds for the second time this season. He gave up six hits and four walks with five strikeouts.

Jeff Fassero, Scott Eyre, LaTroy Hawkins and Tyler Walker combined for four innings of scoreless relief to finish it.

Griffey hit a 1-0 pitch 389 feet to the opposite field in left with two outs in the first inning for his 27th homer. Dunn followed with his 34th, a 429-foot drive halfway up the bleachers in right-center on a 2-2 pitch to give Cincinnati eight sets of back-to-back homers this season.

After Winn’s homer in the third, Linden tied the score by leading off the fourth with his third homer on the first pitch.

Kearns hit the first pitch of the fourth inning 418 feet off the facade of the second deck in left to give the Reds a 3-2 lead.

San Francisco took the lead with two unearned runs in the fifth against Aaron Harang (8-11). Pedro Feliz reached on rookie third baseman Edwin Encarnacion’s throwing error. Feliz moved to second on a groundout and scored the tying run on Linden’s single. Mike Matheny gave the Giants a 4-3 lead with an RBI double.

Omar Vizquel followed Winn’s fifth-inning triple with an RBI double. Michael Tucker and Ray Durham each added a sacrifice fly.

Harang allowed nine hits and four runs in five innings, striking out seven.

Notes: Griffey’s homer gave him 1,525 RBIs, tying him with Sam Crawford and Jeff Bagwell for 40th in the career list. … Correia is the 335th pitcher to allow at least one home run to Griffey. … The Giants activated RHP Armando Benitez from the 15-day disabled list and sent RHP Brian Cooper outright to Triple-A Fresno. Benitez had been on the disabled list with a hamstring injury since April 27. … Harang is hitless in his last 47 at-bats, tying San Francisco’s John Burkett in 1992 for the most consecutive at-bats without a hit since San Diego’s Andy Benes was 0-for-50 in 1991. … Reds 2B Ryan Freel left after six innings with a sore right quadriceps muscle. He was day to day.

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