picked a good time for a hot streak with the
San Diego Padres
' top two starters on the disabled list.
Correia carried a shutout into the seventh inning and combined with three relievers on a two-hitter in the Padres' 4-1 win
Correia, a sub-.500 career pitcher, retired the first 14 batters before
hit a two-out double down the right-field line in the fourth inning.
''He's finding the strike zone with good pitches,'' San Diego manager
said. ''The walks are down; the hits are down. Hopefully, he realizes that he's capable of doing that each and every time
Correia (4-5) allowed one run on two hits, struck out seven and walked one as he dominated the struggling A's. Oakland has
scored just 47 runs in its last 15 games.
hit a two-run home run and
added a solo shot for the Padres, who raised their interleague record to 2-7, the worst mark in the majors. San Diego won
for just the sixth time in 32 interleague games since June 20, 2007.
on the 15-day disabled list, there is additional pressure on Correia, who has the most career starts on San Diego's inexperienced
Correia, who has pitched in parts of seven major league seasons, has 60 career starts and 184 appearances overall with a record
''I'm still getting experience as a starter,'' Correia said. ''With some of these other guys being hurt, I feel like I really
need to get some innings and give a good effort.''
Correia has four straight strong starts, including his last outing when he tied his career high with eight innings in a 5-0
loss to Seattle on Tuesday when the only two hits he allowed were solo homers. In his last four starts, Correia is 2-1 with
a 2.03 ERA, having allowed just six earned runs in 26 2-3 innings.
''His confidence is high. Let's just have him keep growing,'' Black said.
''He was really tough to hit,'' Cabrera said. ''He was throwing it on the corners and he was able to get ahead in the count
and make pitches.''
Kouzmanoff hit a two-run homer, his ninth, off reliever
in the eighth inning and Blanco hit a solo shot in the fifth off
(5-6) to put San Diego ahead 2-0.
''I've been fortunate to get some pitches to hit and I've been hitting them,'' Kouzmanoff said. ''I think it's confidence
and going up there trusting your hands and know you're going to get a good pitch to hit.''
, who pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances, combined for 2 1-3 innings of hitless relief. Bell tied
Los Angeles Angels
for the major league lead in saves.
With the Padres leading 2-0 in the seventh, Correia issued a leadoff walk to
, then got two outs before
sliced a ball to left field that eluded a diving
for an RBI double. Adams replaced Correia and retired Cabrera on a ground ball.
drove in the Padres' first run with a double that scored Blanks in the second. Blanks, who started in left field for the second
straight game after making his major league debut Friday night as a pinch hitter, had walked with one out.
Braden allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. The lefty struck out six and walked one.
Braden came in having received the third lowest run support in the AL. The Athletics have scored one run or less in eight
of his 15 starts.
''My goal is always nine innings, no walks, no hits, no runs,'' Braden said. ''I'm not the guy to talk to about the guys who
are swinging it.''
went hitless in four at-bats and is now 0 for 8 since reaching base in 11 consecutive plate appearances. Gonzalez, tied for
second in the majors in home runs with 22, came to bat with runners on base each time and stranded five.
Gonzalez played in his 275th consecutive game to take over the lead among active players when both Philadelphia's
(343 games) and Minnesota's
(319) did not play Sunday.
NOTES: Braden set a career high for starts, breaking the 14 he made as a rookie with the A's in 2007. ...
started in place of right fielder
for the fourth time in five games. ... The fathers of Giles, Edgar and
, Luke Gregorson, Kouzmanoff,
and Correia threw out the first pitch to their respective sons before the game in honor of Father's Day.