Atlanta at San Diego

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Atlanta (44-50) «001002001480
San Diego (37-57)000100000140

Braves 4, Padres 1

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SAN DIEGO -- Jeff Francoeur has felt comfortable ever since his brief trip to the minors.

Francoeur came through with a tiebreaking broken bat single with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 Saturday night and extend Greg Maddux's winless skid to 12 starts.

Francoeur, who was sent down to Double-A Mississippi on July 4th and recalled July 7, singled just out of the reach of diving shortstop Khalil Greene, and Jones and Teixeira scored.

"I've felt very relaxed these last four games I've been up here," Francoeur said. "I've had a lot of fun. It's a lot more fun when you do stuff like that. If I have a few more games like that, things will start to turn around."

Francoeur was hitting .198 with runners in scoring position before being sent down and was 2-for-20 with the bases loaded before his clutch hit.

"It felt good," Francoeur said. "I know how bad I've struggled with the bases loaded this year. To be able to come up and get a nice knock and then come back and do that ... The way our pitching pitched tonight, I knew it was pretty much game over after that.

Maddux (3-8), who won his 350th game on May 10, is one start short of his longest winless drought, which was a 13-start stretch from May 11-July 14, 1990, with the Chicago Cubs. He is 0-5 with seven no decisions during his current winless streak with an ERA of 4.11.

Maddux, who became the oldest pitcher to ever steal a base in the third inning, allowed just three hits over the first five innings and retired the first two batters in the sixth. But Chipper Jones lined his second single of the night to left and Mark Teixeira singled to center before Brian McCann drew his second of three walks from Maddux loading he bases.

"It was a good pitch," said Maddux of his pitch to Francoeur on an 0-and-1 count. "Chipper hit a good pitch, Tex hit a good pitch. I pitched around McCann and Francoeur got it"

Maddux pitched seven innings allowing six hits, three earned runs. He walked two, struck out three and hit a batter,

Rookie Charlie Morton (2-2), picked up the victory for the Braves pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing four hits and a run.

Will Ohman finished the sixth and Blaine Boyer pitched two hitless innings before Mike Gonzalez picked up his third save in three opportunities this season and his 33rd straight save over parts of five seasons.

"Maddux was the same old Maddux," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He can carve you up as good as anybody in baseball. This West coast swing, with Arizona, Los Angeles, San Diego - and we haven't even seen the Giants yet -- you face a real outstanding pitcher every night. There's not an easy mark on any team on the entire West coast."

While Maddux didn't get the victory, he did make history as he stole his first base of the season in the third. In doing so he became the oldest pitcher in big league history to steal a base at 42 years and 89 days. Jim Kaat had the previous mark. It was Maddux's 11th stolen base of his career.

"They weren't holding me on," Maddux said. "I was trying to make something happen. We haven't been scoring runs. If I get thrown out there anyway what's the big deal, we have our leadoff guy up next inning."

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the third. Brent Lillibridge doubled down the right-field line. He moved to third on a sacrifice by Morton and scored on Gregor Blanco's sacrifice fly to center.

The Padres tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Adrian Gonzalez walked leading off the inning and came around to score on a double by Jody Gerut to the gap in left-center.

Lillibridge, a 24-year-old rookie, hit his first major league home run in the top of the ninth off reliever Joe Thatcher.

Notes

The Padres honored members of the 1998 National League championship team prior to the game. Among the players returning for the ceremonies included former Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, Kevin Brown, Greg Vaughn, Carlos Hernandez, Sterling Hitchcock, Steve Finley, Dave Stewart, and Merv Rettenmund and current uniformed Padres closer Trevor Hoffman and batting coach Wally Joyner. The Padres beat the Braves, 4 games to 2 in the NLCS before losing to the Yankees in the 1998 World Series.
 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. Lillibridge
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, LF4001020 .258
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000020 .269
Chipper Jones, 3B4130000 .378
Mark Teixeira, 1B4110012 .269
Brian McCann, C1000300 .295
Jeff Francoeur, RF4022003 .234
Mark Kotsay, CF4000004 .276
Brent Lillibridge, SS3221000 .182
Charlie Morton, P1000001 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000000 .232
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Martin Prado, PH1000000 .264
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals3148435  
a-grounded out for Ohman in the 7th
b-grounded out for Boyer in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (15, Corey), Brent Lillibridge (3, Maddux)
HR - Brent Lillibridge (1, Thatcher)
SF - Gregor Blanco (3)
SH - Charlie Morton (1)
RBI - Gregor Blanco (18), Jeff Francoeur 2 (44), Brent Lillibridge (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Francoeur 2 (22)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
Charlie Morton (W,2-2) 5.1411340 5.93
Will Ohman (H,11) 0.2000000 2.77
Blaine Boyer (H,11) 2000030 4.01
Mike Gonzalez (S,3) 1000010 1.86
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 99-60, Will Ohman 4-3, Blaine Boyer 24-15, Mike Gonzalez 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 6-6, Will Ohman 2-0, Blaine Boyer 2-1
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 23, Will Ohman 2, Blaine Boyer 6, Mike Gonzalez 3
San Diego Padres
Scott Hairston, CF4000001 .259
Edgar Gonzalez, 2B4000021 .296
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3100110 .279
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4010021 .269
Chase Headley, LF3010111 .278
Jody Gerut, RF4011011 .278
Khalil Greene, SS3000103 .218
Nick Hundley, C3000002 .200
Greg Maddux, P2010000 .067
   a- Brian Myrow, PH1000010 .333
    Bryan Corey, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
Totals3114138  
a-struck out for Maddux in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jody Gerut (9, Morton)
RBI - Jody Gerut (18)
2-OUT RBI - Jody Gerut (7)
SB - Greg Maddux (1, 2nd base off Morton/McCann)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Ed. Gonzalez-Greene-Gonzalez, Ed. Gonzalez-Greene-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Greg Maddux (L,3-8) 7633230 3.90
Bryan Corey 1100120 5.15
Joe Thatcher 1111001 6.94
IBB - McCann by Bryan Corey
HBP - Lillibridge (by Greg Maddux)
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 79-54, Bryan Corey 21-12, Joe Thatcher 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 10-6, Joe Thatcher 3-0
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 28, Bryan Corey 5, Joe Thatcher 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42438
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Rob Drake