LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Correia has been known to give up home runs in bunches during his 12-year career. The New York Mets became the latest team to hit three against him in one game.
Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and Travis d'Arnaud all took Correia deep during his three innings on the mound, accounting for six runs in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 11-3 loss on Sunday.
This was the 10th time that the right-hander has allowed at least three homers — and on his 34th birthday, no less. He yielded four on two occasions.
"Keeping the ball down isn't always the problem. It's getting it where I want it to go," Correia said. "Normally, you can get away with a mistake here and there with just late movement. But I threw a couple that I just missed on that they were probably looking for, and they jumped on every one of them."
Correia (2-1) was charged with seven runs — five earned — and seven hits in his third start since the Dodgers acquired him from Minnesota.
"Kevin wasn't the guy we talked about starting when he came here, but he's pitched well for us and won a couple games," manager Don Mattingly said. "The original plan was that Kevin was going to make one start and kind of slip into his role in the bullpen. That turned into three."
A routine grounder by Matt Kemp turned into three outs in the Dodgers' sixth, as the Mets executed their first triple play in more than four years.
Moments after Adrian Gonzalez's RBI single in the sixth trimmed New York's lead to 7-2, Kemp hit Bartolo Colon's 92nd and final pitch into the hole to third baseman Eric Campbell. He threw to second for the force before Daniel Murphy relayed to first. Yasiel Puig tried to score from second, but d'Arnaud took the throw from Duda and tagged him out.
"It's just the wrong play," Mattingly said. "That's what we talked to him about. It's just a little disappointing because he had another one of these in a similar-type game."
"He's going to make mistakes and we're OK with that," Mattingly said. "But this is the second time that same almost exact play happened. You would hope that guys would learn from their mistakes and get better."
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