PADRES 4 BRAVES 3
SAN DIEGO — Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over the slumping Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Will Venable led off the 10th with an infield single off David Hale (3-4) and Alexi Amarista walked. The Braves got a double play on Renee Rivera’s sacrifice bunt attempt with Amarista taking second. Chris Nelson walked to bring up Cabrera. After the Padres pulled off a double steal, Cabrera lined a hard single past second baseman Ramiro Pena.
Tim Stauffer (4-2) pitched one inning for the win.
The Braves pushed the tying run across in the ninth off closer Joaquin Benoit. Jason Heyward hit a leadoff double and Evan Gattis then hit a comebacker to Benoit. Heyward broke for third and Benoit’s throw was on the bag, but Yangervis Solarte failed to field the throw for an error as it went into foul territory, allowing Heyward to score and tie the game at 3.
Tommy Medica, who hit a pair of two-run homers on Friday night, put the Padres ahead 3-2 in the eighth with a leadoff solo homer off Anthony Varvaro.
Medica was 8 for 12 with five RBIs in the three-game sweep of Atlanta, extending the Braves’ losing streak to six games.
The Braves tied the game at 2-all in the seventh when they finally got to Tyson Ross on Heyward’s RBI triple and a run-scoring double by Gattis.
Nick Vincent came in and gave up a double to Chris Johnson off the left-field wall but Gattis didn’t run on the play and was held at third base. Vincent loaded the bases with a walk before striking out pinch hitter Emilio Bonifacio. Vincent then got B.J. Upton to ground into a third-to-home-to-first double play.
Ross held the Braves to two runs on three hits in six-plus innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. The right-hander had won three straight starts.
Ross also helped account for both San Diego runs while he was in the game. he had an RBI single in the second inning and kept a rally alive in the fourth with a one-out walk off Aaron Harang that loaded the bases. Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly.
Braves: LHP Jonny Venters felt no ill effect the day after his light bullpen session on Saturday. Venters has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2013.
Padres: C Yasmani Grandal was back in the starting lineup at first base after not starting three straight games with fluid in his right knee.
Braves: Alex Wood (7-8, 3.30 ERA) opens the club’s two-game set at Seattle on Tuesday night against Felix Hernandez (11-3, 2.01). Atlanta beat Hernandez the only time it faced him on June 29, 2011.
Padres: After an off day Monday , the club opens a six-game road trip with rookie Jessie Hahn (7-2, 2.01) opposing the Twins Phil Hughes (10-8, 4.12). Hahn has fared better away from pitcher-friendly Petco Park where he is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA in five starts. Hahn has won all four of his road starts with an ERA of 1.50.