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Kevin Correia surrenders three home runs in 11-3 loss to Mets

Kevin Correia surrenders three home runs, defense struggles, Dodgers lose to the Mets 11-3.

Harry How

Kevin Correia has made three starts for the Dodgers. The first was surprisingly good. The second start was a struggle, but that game was nothing like Correia's third start as the Mets hit three home runs off him to beat the Dodgers 11-3.

Correia got out of the first unscathed and he took a 1-0 lead to the top of the second.  After one out, Travis d`Arnaud hit a solo home run to tie the game. Juan Lagares followed with a single and then with two out, Eric Young stroked a ground ball triple to right center field that made the score 2 - 1.

The third inning was a particularly ugly one for the Dodgers as poor defense and bad pitches produced five runs for the Mets.

With one out, Daniel Murphy singled. David Wright scorched a ball to the right of Hanley Ramirez.  Ramirez got his glove on it, but it went past him for a single. Lucas Duda followed with a mammoth shot that went deep into the right field stands to make it 5 - 1.

Hanley Ramirez short-armed a throw that Gonzalez couldn't save with two out to extend the inning. Ruben Tejada made the Dodgers pay with a two-run home run, the third off Correia, to make it 7 - 1.

28 - Dodgers' magic number to clinch the NL West. Any combination of LA wins and SF losses totaling 28 clinches the division for the Dodgers.

Carlos Frias tossed three scoreless innings until he gave up three runs in seventh inning. Frias was taken out with one out; Pedro Baez allowed one inherited runner to score but then got out of the inning.

Jamey Wright finished up the game and gave up Duda's second home run of the game.

The Dodgers offense scored first for only the second time on this homestand (last time was on August 15th).

Adrian Gonzalez doubled with two out and Matt Kemp singled Gonzalez home without a throw to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Bartolo Colon made his first start since returning from bereavement leave. Colon kept the ball around the plate and wasn't ever really in any trouble until the bottom of the sixth.

Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, After a Yasiel Puig walk, Gonzalez continued his hot hitting with an RBI single and the Dodgers had a look at the game.

That look ended once Kemp hit a ground ball to third. A 5-4-3 double play became a 5-4-3-2 triple play when Puig was tagged out trying to score standing up.

Colon pitched six innings, then he was followed by Buddy Carlyle. In the bottom of the eighth, Scott Van Slyke led off with a single and Gordon drove in Van Slyke with his major league leading 12th triple of the year. That is most triples by a Dodger since Kenny Lofton had 12 in 2006.

Carlyle pitched 2 innings and gave up one run.  Carlos Torres finished up the game for the Mets.

Sunday particulars

Home runs: Travis d'Arnaud (12), Lucas Duda 2 (26), Ruben Tejada (3)

WP - Barolo Colon (12-10) : 6 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

LP -  Kevin Correia (2-1): 3 IP, 7 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 1 strikeout. 3 home runs