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Dunn hits grand slam in shutout win

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Adam Dunn and the Cincinnati Reds have given
Luke Hudson plenty of support lately.

Dunn hit a grand slam in a seven-run third inning, and Hudson
gave up three runs over six innings to help the Reds beat the
Milwaukee Brewers 9-0 Saturday night. Cincinnati won consecutive
games for the first time since Aug. 22 and 24 against Arizona and
St. Louis.

The Reds have scored nine runs in each of Hudson's last two
starts.

"We haven't had too many of those this year," said Dunn, who
hit his third career slam. "It was definitely a lot better than
having to battle it out for nine innings."

Dunn and Austin Kearns hit consecutive homers in the third off
Victor Santos (10-10), and Felipe Lopez homered in the sixth
against Travis Phelps.

Hudson (3-1) improved to 3-0 in his last five starts and
extended his scoreless streak to 13 innings over three starts. He
allowed one hit in six innings in his last start, against the
Brewers in Milwaukee on Sept. 5.

"He's got a funky delivery," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.
"His fastball is sneaky quick. He threw more strikes than he did
the last time. He looked better this time than he did the last
time."

Hudson used his changeup more effectively than in his last
start, he said.

"They've got guys in that lineup who can hurt you," he said.
"You want to try not to be too repetitious."

Lyle Overbay had two of the three hits off Hudson.

"He has good life on his fastball," Overbay said. "He's got
three pitches that he can throw, and he makes good use of his
pitches."

Mike Matthews, Phil Norton and Aaron Myette finished the
four-hitter. Milwaukee was blanked for the 13th time this season,
second-most in the major leagues behind Montreal (16).

"Our offense has been inconsistent," Yost said. "We put seven
on the board one night and the next two nights nothing."

Santos, 1-7 in his last 10 starts, allowed eight runs and seven
hits in 2 1-3 innings, the shortest of his 25 starts this season.

Corky Miller's sacrifice fly put the Reds ahead in the second,
and Hudson and Lopez singled leading off the third. Sean Casey
walked with one out, and Dunn hit his 42nd homer of the season,
which bounced off a screen above the bench in the visitors' bullpen
and back on the field.

"I thought it was going to be my first sacrifice fly," said
Dunn, who has more RBI (91) without a sacrifice fly than any player
in the majors. "I was excited about it."

Kearns gave the Reds their eighth set of back-to-back homers
this season, making it 6-0. Anderson Machado greeted Gary Glover
with an RBI double and Hudson hit a sacrifice fly.

Game notes
Reds INF Juan Castro was expected to return Sunday. He
missed two games after having four wisdom teeth removed Friday. ...
Reds C Jason LaRue missed his second consecutive start with
stiffness in his right knee, which he hyperextended on Sept. 3. ...
Miller singled in the third to stop an 0-for-29 slump, the longest
of his career and the longest by a Reds' non-pitcher since Alex
Ochoa went 0-for-31 in July 2001. ... Dunn's slam was the Reds'
fourth this season. ... The game drew 22,863, raising Cincinnati's
home attendance to 2,000,874 in 70 dates.