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SAN DIEGO -- Petco Park was messing with both teams until Ryan Ludwick squared up just enough to drive a ball through the cool spring air and into the first row in left-center field.

Ludwick's second home run of the night, a two-run shot with one out in the 13th inning, lifted the San Diego Padres to a 5-3 victory against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

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"In most parks that's 20 rows deep," said Ludwick, who was hitting .184 coming in. "This park plays crazy at night. When I hit it, I didn't honestly know if it would get out. I'm just glad to win. Early this year we've had some tough losses, and hopefully this turns it around."

The Padres were coming off a four-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies in which they scored only three runs.

"Hopefully it creates momentum but we have to come out tomorrow again and play as consistent a game as we did today," manager Bud Black said.

Ludwick's winning shot, his fourth of the year, came on an 0-1 pitch from Cristhian Martinez (0-2). Left fielder Martin Prado jumped for it, but it reached the seats. It was the fourth game-winning home run of Ludwick's career.

Nick Hundley, who tied the game with an RBI double in the seventh, was aboard on a one-out walk.

Cory Luebke (1-1) pitched two innings.

Chipper Jones hit his 500th career double leading off the 12th and was replaced by pinch-runner Brandon Hicks. Brian McCann hit a dribbler back to Luebke, who threw out Hicks trying to take third. Dan Uggla singled to put runners on first and second before Freddie Freeman and Alex Gonzalez struck out.

"We didn't have a lot of hits but we were efficient," Jones said. "We still had some chances late, but they didn't go our way. We had some plays that went against us. But you have to give them credit."

Going into that inning, the Padres had retired 19 of 20 batters since Braves starter Derek Lowe hit an RBI single with two outs in the fifth.

Atlanta's Nate McLouth singled leading off the 13th. Once again, the Padres erased the lead runner when Luebke fielded Martinez's bunt and forced McLouth at second. Right fielder Chris Denorfia made a spectacular, diving, rolling catch of Martin Prado's fly ball, then got up and doubled Martinez off first to end the inning.

"We had a couple of chances," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's hard to score runs from them."

Hundley hit an RBI double off former Padres reliever Scott Linebrink with two outs in the seventh to tie the game at 3. It brought in Cameron Maybin, who opened the inning by walking off Eric O'Flaherty.

Atlanta's Jason Heyward hit a home run on Dustin Moseley's fifth pitch of the game, an opposite-field solo shot to left with one out in the first.

The Padres hadn't scored a run in Moseley's previous four starts while he was in the game. They finally snapped that streak when Will Venable's tying groundout brought in Orlando Hudson, who hit a leadoff single and advanced on Brad Hawpe's double to left.

Ludwick then gave the Padres a 2-1 lead when he hit a home run to left with two outs in the third, his third.

Atlanta came back in the fifth for a 3-2 lead. Freeman doubled down the right-field line with one out and scored on Gonzalez's single up the middle. With two outs, Lowe singled up the middle to bring in Gonzalez.

Lowe allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out eight and walked three. In his last start, he went only three innings in a 6-1 loss at Los Angeles, allowing five earned runs on nine hits.

Moseley allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, struck out two and walked none. His ERA rose from 1.40 to 1.99.

Notes

Sidearmer Cory Gearrin made his major league debut by pitching two perfect innings for the Braves. He was recalled Friday from Triple-A Gwinnett. ... The Padres recalled RH reliever Evan Scribner from Triple-A Tucson and optioned LH Wade LeBlanc to the same Tucson club. ... LeBlanc was recalled from Tucson on Sunday to start against Philadelphia. He took the loss.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

R. Ludwick
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Atlanta

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, LF6000022 .240
Jason Heyward, RF5111020 .247
Chipper Jones, 3B5010000 .284
    Brandon Hicks, PR-3B0000000 .000
Brian McCann, C5000010 .296
Dan Uggla, 2B5010000 .183
Freddie Freeman, 1B5110012 .247
Alex Gonzalez, SS5121012 .225
Nate McLouth, CF5010021 .244
Derek Lowe, P2011000 .125
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000010 .280
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
   b- Brooks Conrad, PH1000000 .100
    Cristhian Martinez, P1000001 .000
Totals46383010  
a-struck out for Linebrink in the 8th
b-flied out for Gearrin in the 11th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (7, Luebke), Freddie Freeman (5, Moseley)
HR - Jason Heyward (6, Moseley)
RBI - Jason Heyward (12), Alex Gonzalez (6), Derek Lowe (1)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Lowe (1)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Uggla-A. Gonzalez-Freeman
E - Chipper Jones (2, Misplayed grounder), Jonny Venters (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe 6522381 3.21
Eric O'Flaherty (H,3) 0.2011110 1.54
Scott Linebrink (BS,1) 0.1100000 5.19
Jonny Venters 1000010 0.71
Cory Gearrin 2000020 0.00
Cristhian Martinez (L,0-2) 2.1122101 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 107-63, Eric O'Flaherty 10-5, Scott Linebrink 5-2, Jonny Venters 9-6, Cory Gearrin 26-17, Cristhian Martinez 37-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 6-5, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Jonny Venters 2-0, Cory Gearrin 4-0, Cristhian Martinez 1-6
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 27, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Scott Linebrink 2, Jonny Venters 3, Cory Gearrin 6, Cristhian Martinez 9
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF4100211 .247
Jason Bartlett, SS5010012 .240
Chase Headley, 3B6000021 .213
Nick Hundley, C5111132 .297
Ryan Ludwick, LF6223013 .195
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110100 .230
Brad Hawpe, 1B5020002 .125
    Cory Luebke, P0000000 .000
Will Venable, RF2001111 .172
   a- Chris Denorfia, PH-RF2000010 .306
Dustin Moseley, P2000022 .250
   b- Eric Patterson, PH1000002 .050
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   c- Jorge Cantu, PH1000000 .140
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
    Alberto Gonzalez, 1B1000000 .208
Totals44575512  
a-struck out for Venable in the 8th
b-lined out for Moseley in the 6th
c-grounded out for Bell in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nick Hundley (4, Linebrink), Brad Hawpe (2, Lowe)
HR - Ryan Ludwick 2 (4, Lowe, Cr. Martinez)
SH - Jason Bartlett (1)
RBI - Nick Hundley (11), Ryan Ludwick 3 (11), Will Venable (5)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Hundley (7), Ryan Ludwick (1)
SB - Orlando Hudson (8, 2nd base off Lowe/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Denorfia 1
DP - Denorfia-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dustin Moseley 6433021 1.99
Chad Qualls 1000000 3.65
Mike Adams 1000020 0.75
Heath Bell 1000010 0.90
Luke Gregerson 1100010 1.59
Ernesto Frieri 1000020 1.35
Cory Luebke (W,1-1) 2300020 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Moseley 79-50, Chad Qualls 10-6, Mike Adams 14-9, Heath Bell 16-10, Luke Gregerson 13-8, Ernesto Frieri 14-9, Cory Luebke 27-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Moseley 9-7, Chad Qualls 2-1, Heath Bell 2-0, Luke Gregerson 2-0, Cory Luebke 2-1
Batters Faced - Dustin Moseley 22, Chad Qualls 3, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 3, Luke Gregerson 4, Ernesto Frieri 3, Cory Luebke 8
Game Information
Attendance - 18288
Game Time - 3:36
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Dan Bellino