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Braves blow lead, Padres pull out victory in 12th

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- The San Diego Padres stole the Atlanta Braves' final at-bat glory. Along the way, the Padres also took the Braves' hold on the National League's best record.

Atlanta reliever Billy Wagner blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning, and pinch-hitter Nick Hundley's two-run double in the 12th lifted the Padres to a 6-4 victory against the Braves on Wednesday night in a matchup of division leaders.

The Braves lead the major leagues with 16 final at-bat victories, one more than Cincinnati and two more than San Diego.

The Padres (55-38) moved past the Braves (55-39) for the best record in the National League. The two first-place teams have split the first two games of a three-game series.

Chris Denorfia led off the 12th with a single off Kris Medlen (6-2), Atlanta's seventh pitcher. Denorfia stole second base as Tony Gwynn Jr. struck out for the second out. An intentional walk to Oscar Salazar put runners on first and second for Hundley, who pinch-hit for Tim Stauffer (3-1).

Hundley's double down the left-field line made it 6-4.

"I got a pretty good pitch to hit," Hundley said. "He threw it up in the zone a little high, and I was able to get the wood on it."

Hundley said the ninth-inning rally against Wagner provided momentum for the victoryn.

"That was huge, to get two in the ninth against one of the best teams in the league," Hundley said. "That was really impressive. And against Billy Wagner; you're not going to see that very often."

Heath Bell earned his 27th save with three strikeouts in the bottom of the 12th. The game lasted 4 hours, 13 minutes.

Six San Diego relievers combined for seven scoreless innings.

"You have to give credit to all the guys in the bullpen," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They did their job."

It was the fourth blown save for Wagner, who couldn't hold a 4-2 lead in the ninth. The Padres rallied with Scott Hairston's pinch-hit home run, a single by Jerry Hairston and Yorvit Torrealba's tying double to right.

"I don't think you can ever brush those games off," Wagner said. "It's tough to swallow when you know you had this game and it slips away."

Stauffer pitched two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.33.

The Braves led 4-2 after Brian McCann's two-run homer capped a four-run third inning. The home run followed Chipper Jones' two-run single as the Braves took the lead with four consecutive two-out hits.

Wagner's blown save cost Tommy Hanson a victory. Hanson gave up six hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

San Diego's Jon Garland allowed six hits and four runs in five innings.

Hanson hit Will Venable and Jerry Hairston with pitches in the second and fourth innings, respectively. Hanson leads the major leagues with 13 hit batters.

Garland untucked Troy Glaus' shirt by hitting the first baseman with a pitch above the belt in the fifth.

Venable stole second base after his second-inning single. He scored on Everth Cabrera's single. Hairston added a run-scoring single for a 2-0 lead.

San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez was 0 for 6 with four strikeouts.

Two outfielders -- Venable and Atlanta's Nate McLouth -- started after coming off the disabled list. McLouth missed 33 games with a head injury. Venable missed 13 games with a lower back strain.

Manager Bobby Cox said Medlen, who threw 24 pitches, will still return to the rotation as planned and will start on Saturday at Florida.

Notes

  • Padres 2B David Eckstein was placed on the 15-day DL with a right calf strain. He left Tuesday night's game with the injury.
  • Jones returned after missing three starts with a mild left hamstring strain.
  • The Braves optioned OF Gregor Blanco to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a spot for McLouth.
  • Atlanta's Jason Heyward had two hits, giving him five in the first two games of the series and a five-game hitting streak as he gains momentum following his return from a thumb injury. The rookie stole second base in the seventh.
 
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Oscar Salazar and Chris Denorfia each score in the 12th to put the Padres ahead for good. (AP)
Oscar Salazar and Chris Denorfia each score in the 12th to put the Padres ahead for good. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Hairston
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B-SS6131001 .256
Yorvit Torrealba, C5021104 .303
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6000044 .294
Chase Headley, 3B6010004 .271
Chris Denorfia, LF5120111 .285
Will Venable, RF0100200 .238
   a- Aaron Cunningham, PH-RF2000002 .296
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF4000133 .224
Everth Cabrera, SS3111011 .207
   b- Oscar Salazar, PH-2B2100101 .220
Jon Garland, P2010000 .212
   c- Luis Durango, PH1000001 .438
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   d- Scott Hairston, PH1111000 .240
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   e- Matt Stairs, PH1000002 .196
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .167
   f- Nick Hundley, PH1012000 .261
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals45612669  
a-grounded into a double play for Venable in the 8th
b-grounded out for Cabrera in the 9th
c-grounded out for Garland in the 6th
d-homered for Mujica in the 9th
e-grounded out for Gregerson in the 10th
f-doubled for Stauffer in the 12th
Batting
2B - Yorvit Torrealba (8, Wagner), Chase Headley (18, Hanson), Nick Hundley (12, Medlen)
HR - Scott Hairston (9, Wagner)
SH - Aaron Cunningham (2), Tony Gwynn Jr. (4)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (36), Yorvit Torrealba (22), Everth Cabrera (19), Scott Hairston (32), Nick Hundley 2 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (20), Everth Cabrera (8), Nick Hundley 2 (13)
SB - Jerry Hairston Jr. (7, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann), Chris Denorfia (3, 2nd base off Medlen/McCann), Will Venable (15, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
PB - Yorvit Torrealba (4)
E - Everth Cabrera (4, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Garland 5644131 3.61
Ernesto Frieri 1.1000020 0.00
Joe Thatcher 0.2100010 1.83
Edward Mujica 1100010 2.86
Luke Gregerson 1000010 2.72
Tim Stauffer (W,3-1) 2200000 0.33
Heath Bell (S,27) 1000030 1.96
HBP - Glaus (by Jon Garland)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 91-58, Ernesto Frieri 21-13, Joe Thatcher 14-10, Edward Mujica 10-9, Luke Gregerson 9-7, Tim Stauffer 33-21, Heath Bell 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 9-4, Ernesto Frieri 1-1, Edward Mujica 1-1, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Tim Stauffer 5-1
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 24, Ernesto Frieri 4, Joe Thatcher 3, Edward Mujica 4, Luke Gregerson 3, Tim Stauffer 8, Heath Bell 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, 2B-1B6110002 .320
Jason Heyward, RF6120030 .259
Chipper Jones, 3B4112011 .248
    Melky Cabrera, LF2000010 .257
Brian McCann, C6122021 .271
Troy Glaus, 1B4010000 .257
    Brooks Conrad, PR-2B0000000 .244
Eric Hinske, LF2000113 .273
    Omar Infante, 3B2000011 .330
Alex Gonzalez, SS5020011 .260
Nate McLouth, CF5010012 .177
Tommy Hanson, P2000000 .143
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1000000 .254
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
   b- Derek Lowe, PH0000000 .138
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .182
Totals454104111  
a-flied out for Wagner in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Saito in the 11th
Batting
3B - Alex Gonzalez (2, Mujica)
HR - Brian McCann (12, Garland)
SH - Tommy Hanson (5), Derek Lowe (8)
RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (36), Brian McCann 2 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (13), Brian McCann 2 (14)
SB - Jason Heyward (6, 2nd base off Thatcher/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Prado-Glaus
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson 6.1622250 4.12
Jonny Venters (H,12) 1.2000120 1.20
Billy Wagner (BS,4) 1322001 1.54
Peter Moylan 0.2100100 2.70
Mike Dunn 0.1000000 0.00
Takashi Saito 1000110 3.60
Kris Medlen (L,6-2) 1222110 3.31
IBB - Gwynn by Peter Moylan, Salazar by Kris Medlen
HBP - Venable (by Tommy Hanson), Hairston (by Tommy Hanson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 106-72, Jonny Venters 16-10, Billy Wagner 16-13, Peter Moylan 18-9, Mike Dunn 4-2, Takashi Saito 14-9, Kris Medlen 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 9-5, Jonny Venters 2-0, Billy Wagner 3-0, Peter Moylan 1-1, Mike Dunn 1-0, Takashi Saito 1-1, Kris Medlen 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 29, Jonny Venters 5, Billy Wagner 6, Peter Moylan 4, Mike Dunn 1, Takashi Saito 4, Kris Medlen 6
Game Information
Attendance - 30039
Game Time - 4:13
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott