Kouzmanoff Hits HR Against A's

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN DIEGO -- Kevin Correia carried a shutout into the seventh inning and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run home run to lead the San Diego Padres to a 4-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Correia (4-5) combined with three relievers on a two-hitter. The right-hander retired the first 14 batters before Orlando Cabrera hit a two-out double down the right-field line in the fourth inning.

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.

Correia 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.

Kouzmanoff hit a two-run homer, his ninth, off reliever Russ Springer in the eighth inning and Henry Blanco hit a solo shot in the fifth off Dallas Braden (5-6) to put San Diego ahead 2-0.

Mike Adams, Edward Mujica and Heath Bell, who pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances, combined for 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief. Bell tied Brian Fuentes of the 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 Jack Cust, then got two outs before Ryan Sweeney sliced a ball to left field that eluded a diving Kyle Blanks for an RBI double. Adams replaced Correia and retired Cabrera on a ground ball.

Edgar Gonzalez 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 on Friday night as a pinch hitter, had walked with one out.

The Padres 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.

Braden allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. The lefty struck out six and walked one.

San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez 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 Ryan Howard (343 games) and Minnesota's Justin Morneau (319) did not play Sunday.


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