Final Score: San Diego 4, Atlanta 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Eric Stults spun 7 2/3 dominant innings and
Chase Headley continued to thrive at the plate, as the San Diego Padres topped
the Atlanta Braves, 4-1, in the opener of a four-game series at Turner Field.
Headley clubbed a solo home run and drove in a pair, while Yonder Alonso and
Cameron Maybin had an RBI apiece for the Padres, who have won seven of their
last eight games.
Headley is on a tear of late with four homers and 11 RBI over his last four
Stults (3-2) allowed one run on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Luke Gregerson got the final out in the eighth to extend his scoreless streak
to 16 2/3 innings and Dale Thayer picked up his sixth save of the season with
a clean ninth inning in place of injured closer Huston Street.
"Our bullpen doesn't get enough credit," Stults said. "Street has done a great
job, but we've got guys that can do the job. Luke came up with a big strikeout
there. Dale's got a little bit of experience closing in the minors and has
done a good job."
Martin Prado drove in the lone Atlanta run with a triple. Mike Minor (6-9) was
tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on nine hits with three
strikeouts over six innings.
San Diego opened the scoring in the second inning when Chris Denorfia led off
the frame with a double, moved to third on a groundout by Alonso and scored
via a Maybin sacrifice fly.
Jason Heyward became the Braves first base runner of the night in the fourth
when he reached on an error by Alonso. Chipper Jones then got on top of a
letter-high fastball and whacked a single into left, but Stults got Freddie
Freeman to roll into an inning-ending fielder's choice.
Stults began the San Diego fifth with a hit and Logan Forsythe was plunked.
Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Alexi Amarista and Headley
knocked home Stults with a single to left, extending the lead to 2-0.
Denorfia laced a triple into the right-center field gap to start the sixth
and scored on a single by Alonso to extend the lead to 3-0.
Atlanta put together a two-out rally in the home sixth on hits by Prado and
Heyward, but Stults got Jones to fly out with runners on the corners, ending
It was 4-0 for the Padres after Headley got a high fastball from Braves
reliever Chad Durbin in the seventh and drove it deep and over the wall in
Atlanta finally got on the board in the eighth when Michael Bourn singled and
scored on a triple by Prado.
"I feel like there was a lot of bad luck tonight, and a mixture of good
hitting on their part," Minor said. "I feel like I made some quality pitches,
they just didn't have good outcomes."
Headley has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games...Stults retired the first
11 batters he faced...The game was delayed at the outset 25 minutes by
rain...The Padres improved to 41-1 when leading after seven innings and 33-25
when scoring first this season...Atlanta finished 0-for-3 with runners in
scoring position and left five on base.
08/13 22:43:03 ET
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