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Wednesday Night Baseball: Correia Brilliant As Padres Top Dodgers, 3-1

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10:  Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he returns to the dugout after allowing two runs in the first inning against the San Diego Padres on June 10, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IJune 11, 2009

The Padres spoiled the last day of a nine-game home stand for the Dodgers, winning 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Kevin Kouzmanoff got things started with an infield single that scored Tony Gwynn. Shortly after, an Edgar Gonzalez fielder’s choice extended the lead to 2-0.

The sole run for Dodgers came on a first inning RBI single by Andre Ethier, who extended his hitting streak to nine games.

After Kershaw allowed a Chase Headley single to plate Kouzmanoff in the third, Josh Wilson drew a walk that chased Clayton Kershaw (3-5) after two-and-two-third innings.

Kershaw had allowed just five runs in five games at home this season. When asked about walking four and allowing three runs on five hits, Kershaw said, “Today was a step back.”

The steady hand of the Los Angeles bullpen was able to hold off the Padres offense for the rest of the game. Four relievers combined to throw seven and one-third shutout innings.

Padres’ starter Kevin Correia countered with a six-inning gem. He retired the final 15 batters he faced en route to his third win of the season, and second in the past five days.

Correia (3-4) was able to throw his curveball for strikes and kept spotting his fastball effectively to keep Dodger hitters baffled.

The Dodgers were unable to capitalize on multiple late opportunities, going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Joe Torre made two questionable decisions in the bottom of the seventh that may have stymied a Dodger run.

Rather than electing to sacrifice the runners to second and third, Torre let Rafael Furcal swing the bat. Furcal struck out looking. In a post-game interview, Torre said he wanted to have three shots to knock in the runners instead of giving up an out.

Torre made another interesting decision with Matt Kemp at the plate.

Torre put the runners in motion. Kemp, who leads the Dodgers in strikeouts with 58, whiffed at a 3-2 breaking ball and Blake was out by ten feet at third to end the inning.

In the ninth, James Loney singled to left center field to leadoff, but a 6-4-3 double play by Blake ended the threat. Heath Bell got Russell Martin to fly out to right and recorded his 18th save of the season.

Los Angeles now heads into a long stretch of interleague play, starting off with a three-game series against the AL West leading Texas Rangers (33-25).


Game Notes

During his nine game hitting streak, Ethier is batting .424/5 HR/8 RBI...Ethier also leads the majors in multi-home run games, with four...Kevin Correia threw 81 pitches in six innings; Clayton Kershaw threw 83 in his two and two-third innings...

Heath Bell is now 18 out of 19 in save opportunities...San Diego is now 3-7 against Los Angeles and 11 games back of the Dodgers this season...The next time the two teams meet, Manny Ramirez will be making his return on July 3.

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