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Padres 12, Braves 5

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ATLANTA -- Kenshin Kawakami escaped early trouble and the Braves were cruising with a three-run lead over the light-hitting San Diego Padres.

Then, in one inning, it all fell apart for Atlanta.

San Diego stunned the Braves with a six-run sixth inning, Kevin Kouzmanoff added a two-run homer and the Padres pulled away to a 12-5 victory Wednesday night that dealt another blow to Atlanta's hopes of getting back to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

"We're playing every game like we're desperate to win," said Chipper Jones, whose prolonged slump isn't helping the Braves' cause. "Sometimes when you play like that, you don't play relaxed and things can snowball on you."

The last-place Padres have won two sparsely attended games at Turner Field. On Thursday, they'll go for their first series sweep since taking three straight from the Chicago Cubs on May 22-24.

"Maybe we let up a little bit, lost a little bit of focus," said Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty, who was roughed up in the sixth along with Kawakami.

Coming off a 12-inning win in the series opener, the Padres failed to score in the top of the first after loading the bases with no outs, then fell behind when Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Tim Stauffer (2-6) in the bottom half of the inning.

"What I liked about this game is that as crushing as that can be in the first inning, our guys kept their chins up," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "There was good energy in the dugout."

Still, a three-run lead looked pretty safe against the Padres, the lowest-scoring team in the NL. After escaping the first-inning jam and two more runners in the second, Kawakami (6-10) was perfect over the next three innings.

But San Diego sent 11 batters to the plate in sixth, scoring more runs that inning than their last three games combined.

"We put good swings on it and we were just trying to stick with it, stick with it," Padres second baseman David Eckstein said. "We were able to find some holes finally."

Adrian Gonzalez started it with a double, Chase Headley followed with a single and Will Venable doubled in a run. Kouzmanoff's groundout produced another run, and Nick Hundley finished off Kawakami with another RBI double, tying the game at 3.

"I should have approached the batters differently," Kawakami said through a translator.

O'Flaherty took over, but couldn't stop the onslaught. Tony Gwynn Jr. singled and pinch-hitter Luis Rodriguez drove in another run with a hit. When the throw home got away from McCann, rolling about 10 feet away, Gwynn alertly raced to the plate to make it 5-3. Gonzalez finished off the big inning with an RBI single before Peter Moylan, the third Atlanta pitcher, finally got the third out.

Ryan Church's run-scoring single in the bottom half pulled the Braves to 6-4, but Kouzmanoff went deep off Manny Acosta in the seventh for his 16th homer, and a three-run ninth really blew it open.

The Braves dropped eight games behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East. Atlanta remained 5½ games behind Colorado in the wild card.

"It's very tough," O'Flaherty said. "We all understand how important every game is. This was a big blow to us. We've got to come back tomorrow and get ourselves back in it."

Notes

The Padres had 18 hits, equaled their season high for runs in an inning and had their second-highest scoring game of the season, eclipsed only by a 13-6 win over Milwaukee on Aug. 11. ... Braves SS Yunel Escobar extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games with a bloop single in the sixth. ... The announced attendance was 15,619, slightly higher than Tuesday's crowd of 15,389. The smallest turnout of the season was 15,364 against Colorado on April 18. ... It began raining in the bottom half of the eighth, sending most of the fans who remained scurrying for the exits. Only a few hundred people were still around for the finish, and a fierce thunderstorm struck shortly after the game ended.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4220201 .269
David Eckstein, 2B5132102 .260
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5132111 .276
Chase Headley, LF6120005 .257
Will Venable, RF6221028 .267
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5113005 .256
Nick Hundley, C5111013 .216
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF5120020 .273
Tim Stauffer, P2000021 .214
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH1111000 .216
    Adam Russell, P1000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   b- Oscar Salazar, PH1110000 .333
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
Totals4612181048  
a-singled for Stauffer in the 6th
b-singled for Thatcher in the 9th
Batting
2B - Everth Cabrera (13, Logan), Adrian Gonzalez (22, Kawakami), Will Venable (13, Kawakami), Nick Hundley (9, Kawakami)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (16, Acosta)
RBI - David Eckstein 2 (41), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (77), Will Venable (25), Kevin Kouzmanoff 3 (74), Nick Hundley (17), Luis Rodriguez (16)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (23)
SB - Everth Cabrera (19, 2nd base off Acosta/McCann)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Eckstein-Gonzalez, Cabrera-Gonzalez
PB - Nick Hundley (3)
San Diego Padres
Tim Stauffer (W,2-6) 5633321 4.11
Adam Russell (H,1) 1.2311120 5.40
Joe Thatcher 1.1100010 2.83
Ryan Webb 1211120 5.25
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 89-53, Adam Russell 29-19, Joe Thatcher 21-15, Ryan Webb 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 6-4, Joe Thatcher 1-2, Ryan Webb 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 21, Adam Russell 9, Joe Thatcher 5, Ryan Webb 6
Atlanta Braves
Matt Diaz, RF4020111 .314
Martin Prado, 2B3110212 .303
Chipper Jones, 3B4100102 .278
Brian McCann, C5134010 .291
Garret Anderson, LF5020024 .285
Yunel Escobar, SS3110101 .302
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010012 .273
Ryan Church, CF4011002 .277
Kenshin Kawakami, P2000010 .108
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000002 .143
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
   b- Omar Infante, PH1110000 .315
Totals36512557  
a-flied out for Moylan in the 6th
b-singled for Logan in the 9th
Batting
HR - Brian McCann (17, Stauffer)
RBI - Brian McCann 4 (71), Ryan Church (39)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (38), Ryan Church (22)
CS - Matt Diaz (5, 2nd base by Stauffer/Hundley)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - Brian McCann (6)
E - Brian McCann (10, Missed catch of throw), Martin Prado (5, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Kenshin Kawakami (L,6-10) 5.1744230 4.08
Eric O'Flaherty 0.1322100 3.59
Peter Moylan 0.1000000 3.09
Manny Acosta 2433131 4.32
Boone Logan 1432020 5.17
HBP - Kouzmanoff (by Manny Acosta)
WP - Kenshin Kawakami (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Kenshin Kawakami 86-58, Eric O'Flaherty 20-11, Peter Moylan 3-2, Manny Acosta 50-30, Boone Logan 30-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenshin Kawakami 5-8, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Peter Moylan 1-0, Manny Acosta 1-2, Boone Logan 2-0
Batters Faced - Kenshin Kawakami 25, Eric O'Flaherty 5, Peter Moylan 1, Manny Acosta 12, Boone Logan 8
Game Information
Attendance - 15619
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg