PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Correia probably could have gotten out of his start on Sunday in much better shape with a little better defense behind him. But, he was quick to say, the defense could have looked a lot better if he'd done a better job.
Correia left Sunday's game in the second inning, trailing 5-3. He allowed four hits and three walks, and put the Padres in a hole. The bullpen bailed him out with 8 1/3 scoreless innings -- the longest outing of the season for the crew -- and the Padres came back to win, 6-5. And that definitely lightened Correia's mood.
"When the team picks you up like that, it's huge,'' Correia said. "To get a win out of that game changes your whole outlook."
The Padres lead the league in fielding percentage, and pride themselves on their defense. But the Phillies scored an unearned run in the first on Lance Zawadzki's error, and scored four in the second when two makeable plays just didn't get made.
With one out and one on, Juan Castro hit a grounder to short. Jerry Hairston Jr., got the force at second, but Castro was safe at first when Adrian Gonzalez couldn't come up with Hairston's throw in the dirt. It easily could have been a double play, although no error was charged because the Padres recorded an out on the force.
That opened the floodgates to a four-run inning, the exclamation point provided when Ryan Howard launched a line drive to shallow right -- exactly where Zawadzki was stationed in the shift. He jumped for the sinking liner and it hit him square in the glove. But Zawadzki couldn't hang on, and Howard had a two-run single that put the Phillies ahead.
"I still had two outs and the pitcher at the plate," Correia said. "I had plenty of opportunities to get out of that inning. I had a chance to pick up the team there. I just never really got in a good rhythm after [Phillies starter Joe] Blanton got a hit. I walked a couple guys, [Placido] Polanco got a hit on a fastball in, where I wanted it, and it just snowballed.
"That inning could have gone either way. Maybe we didn't play the best defense, but I had a chance to help us out, and I didn't."
Correia has just two quality starts and his ERA stands at 5.03. But Sunday's game surely could have looked much different, and Padres manager Bud Black said he wasn't concerned.
"We had a chance to pick him up and we didn't,'' Black said. "We didn't make some plays behind him and everything sort of snowballed.
"I've seen him pitch too well. I'm not worried about him at all."