Correia looking to get back on track

Correia looking to get back on track

SAN DIEGO -- Padres pitcher Kevin Correia said he felt like his back was against the wall Monday, when he allowed a season-high 10 hits in a 5-3 loss to the Phillies.

He'll look to regain control on Saturday at PETCO Park in the Padres' second game in a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"It's not so much that the leadoff hitter was getting on every inning, but it was the doubles," he said of Monday's loss. "It will wear on you. If you pitch five innings like that, it feels like you just threw 10 innings."

The Phillies led, 4-0, in the fifth inning after hitting back-to-back home runs off Correia, who finished with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

"If I had made some good pitches there in the fifth, for how ugly it was, we were still in the game," he said. "To go out there and give up back-to-back home runs, that was tough."

Correia is 0-4 in five career starts against the D-backs with a 4.83 ERA.

Correia last faced Arizona on May 26, pitching 5 2/3 innings in San Diego's 6-5 loss. Although the game was scoreless at the end of the fourth, Correia got into trouble and left the game in the sixth inning trailing, 5-0. He allowed a then-season high nine hits.

"With Arizona, I thought I pitched pretty well against them a couple of starts ago," he said. "I had one bad inning when they really jumped on me."

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Kevin Correia (1-4, 5.37 ERA)
Correia was victimized by the hard-hitting Phillies in his last start, allowing a season-high 10 hits and four runs (two home runs) in a loss at PETCO Park. Correia, who had allowed five home runs in his previous nine starts, allowed a solo shot to Chase Utley and another solo shot to Ryan Howard, a bomb that sailed well over the wall in center field. Correia mixed in some nice curveballs, striking out Howard twice, but the Phillies were able to get on top of his fastball more often than not. After a stretch of three good starts, Correia has now allowed 10 earned runs in his past two starts.

ARI: RHP Max Scherzer (2-4, 4.47 ERA)
Scherzer had the worst outing of his Major League career against the Braves on Sunday at Chase Field. The right-hander missed with his location, particularly against left-handed hitters, and Atlanta punished him for it. Scherzer gave up a career-high eight runs on 10 hits while lasting just 3 2/3 innings. Three batters into the game, the Braves led, 2-0, and a two-run homer by Chipper Jones in the third added to the woes. Garret Anderson's three-run shot in the fourth capped Scherzer's day. Prior to that start, Scherzer had won two of his previous three starts after going 22 games and 13 starts before getting his first big league win.

Tidbits
Padres manager Bud Black said pitcher Jake Peavy, who left after one inning on Tuesday in a 10-5 loss to the Phillies, will start on Monday against the D-backs. Josh Geer will pitch Sunday to give Peavy an extra day to recuperate from a viral infection. ... Black said shortstop Luis Rodriguez, who sprained his ankle May 13, is "getting close" to making a return. Black may consider sending Rodriguez out for one or two rehabilitation games. ... Pitcher Shawn Hill could get back to the mound for a bullpen session in the coming days. Hill has puzzled the medical staff with reoccurring inflammation in his right elbow.

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Up next
• Sunday: Padres (Josh Geer, 1-1, 5.44) vs. D-backs (Dan Haren, 4-4, 2.42), 1:05 p.m. PT
• Monday: Padres (Jake Peavy, 5-6, 4.10) vs. D-backs (Jon Garland, 4-5, 5.34), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Padres (TBD) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley, 7-3, 2.59), 7:10 p.m. PT

Amy Brittain is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.