With Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list, Kevin Correia made his second start with the Los Angeles Dodgers and first at home.
Correia, charged with the task of putting an end to the Dodgers three-game losing streak, got off to a rocky start. Abraham Almonte hit a one-out double in the first and it was followed by a Seth Smith walk. Jedd Gyorko delivered the big hit in the inning — a three-run home run.
Ian Kennedy kept the Dodgers scoreless in the first inning, then allowed them to cut into their deficit. With Carl Crawford standing on first, Justin Turner hit an RBI double and scored on Erisbel Arruebarrena’s RBI single.
Correia collected two strikeouts in the third inning and one in the fourth as the Dodgers continued to trail 3-2. Matt Kemp led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to left and Crawford reached via a walk to put two runners on with no outs.
After Turner hit his second RBI double to tie the game, Arruebarrena drew a walk to load the bases. A.J. Ellis’ sacrifice fly pushed the Dodgers ahead by one run, which was followed by the Padres defense faltering.
Correia’s sac-bunt attempted resulted in a throwing error by Jake Goebbert. With the ball getting by Yangervis Solarte at third, Turner popped up from his slide and scored. Correia recorded two quick outs in the fifth inning before the Padres proceeded to hit three consecutive singles with the last scoring a run.
The Dodgers responded in the bottom of the fifth behind a Kemp and Crawford RBI single to extended their lead to 6-4. Jamey Wright took the mound in the sixth and threw 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.
J.P. Howell entered the game with two outs and a runner on first base in the seventh inning to face Smith. Howell struck out the Padres’ power bat to preserve the Dodgers’ 6-4 lead. Crawford continued his big night with a two-run home run in the seventh inning to extend the Dodgers lead to 8-4.
After Howell recorded the first out in the eighth, he gave way to Brandon League as part of a double switch. Yasmani Grandal hit a pinch-hit RBI double, though the Dodgers still led 8-5. Kenley Jansen was called on in the ninth and promptly walked the first batter he faced.
Will Venebale took second base with one out on defensive indifference and later scored on a Jansen throwing error to first base that also resulted in Almonte advancing to second base. Jansen got Smith to fly out and got help from his defense, who picked off Almonte to end the game as he attempted to get back to third base after a wide turn on a Gyorko single.
The win snapped the Dodgers’ three-game losing streak and improved Correia’s record to 2-0 since being traded to Los Angeles.
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