San Diego at Atlanta

Final 10th
San Diego
W: C. Qualls (3-2) L: G. Sherrill (1-1)
S: H. Bell (13)
HR: SD - K. Phillips (1)   ATL - None

Padres 3, Braves 2 wire reports

ATLANTA -- Kyle Phillips doesn't know how long he will have to impress Padres manager Bud Black.

Phillips did a good job of it Monday against Atlanta.

The rookie catcher broke a 2-all tie in the 10th inning with a pinch-hit homer and the Padres held off Atlanta 3-2 Monday for their third straight win.

"It's a huge deal," Phillips said.

Phillips, who has a .167 average in 30 at-bats, is on the 25-man roster as Rob Johnson's backup while Nick Hundley recovers from a strained muscle in his right side.

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He led off the 10th by hitting the second pitch from George Sherrill (1-1) into the right-field seats.

"He threw me a breaking ball that he left up a little bit, and I just put a good swing on it," Phillips said. "It's really nice to do it for the Padres. They're my hometown team, the team I grew up watching."

Heath Bell pitched the 10th for his 13th save in 14 opportunities. Chad Qualls (3-2) earned the victory with a scoreless ninth, giving up one walk and facing four batters.

For a fourth straight start, San Diego's Aaron Harang didn't earn a decision, but he was sharp, allowing six hits, two runs and two walks with five strikeouts.

Black credited Harang's nine-pitch fourth inning in helping him go six full inning and lower his ERA over his last three starts to 1.29.

"I think earlier in the game, his secondary pitches [breaking balls] weren't consistently in the strike zone," Black said. "It kept him deep in the count It kept him behind in the count. In the last three, he pitched better. He threw them for strikes."

Tim Hudson, the Braves' starter, allowed five hits and two runs -- one earned -- with no walks and seven strikeouts in six innings.

Hudson missed his previous start with lower back stiffness.

The Padres led 1-0 in the first when Eric Patterson singled, stole second, moved to third on Hudson's pickoff attempt and scored on Ryan Ludwick's RBI groundout.

Atlanta tied it at 1-1 on Brian McCann's RBI double.

In the third, San Diego went up 2-1 on Ludwick's RBI bloop single. Harang scored from second on the play, but it was hardly pretty.

On Alberto Gonzalez's flyout to center, he was more than halfway to third base when Jordan Schafer caught the ball and bounced a throw to Dan Uggla, who bobbled the ball.

The 6-foot-7, 261-pound Harang made it back safely before Ludwick's hit sent him lumbering around the bases for his sixth career run scored in 458 career at-bats.

"I got lucky on that one," Harang said. "I'm not used to running the bases out there, and [Gonzalez's] ball hung up more than I thought it would."

McCann's RBI single scored Martin Prado from second to make it 2-2 in Atlanta's third.

Scott Proctor pitched a scoreless seventh for the Braves, Cory Gearrin a scoreless eighth and Jonny Venters a scoreless ninth after escaping a bases-loaded jam on Jorge Cantu's double-play groundout.

San Diego reliever Ernest Frieri escaped a jam in the seventh with a runners on first and third when Martin Prado popped out. In the eighth, Mike Adams stranded a pair of runners in eighth by striking out Alex Gonzalez.

Bell earned the save on flyouts by Prado and McCann and a strikeout of Eric Hinske.

Ludwick, who has 22 RBI this month, began the day tied for third in the NL this month with 20.

"As a group, we're really had a tough year," Black said. "Now we're starting to see some guys starting to climb as far as average-wise, which is great. I think there's more in there, too. I think there's more offense in this group."

But the big blast came from Phillips, whose previous stint in the majors came during five games with Toronto in 2009.

"It's the major leagues," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "If you can swing the bat, you can hit one out."


Braves 2B Dan Uggla's went 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts, dropping his average two points to .178. ... Padres 1B Brad Hawpe stayed in the game despite slamming his right forearm against a concrete wall in the fifth. Hawpe stretched out over a rolled-up rain tarp and made the catch as 2B Logan Forsythe accidentally hit him from behind.

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Players of the Game

B. McCann
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
San Diego

K. Phillips
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Eric Patterson, RF5120010 .189
Alberto Gonzalez, SS5000013 .188
Ryan Ludwick, LF5022010 .244
Brad Hawpe, 1B5010033 .239
Chase Headley, 3B4010010 .269
Blake Tekotte, CF3010010 .300
Logan Forsythe, 2B3000121 .111
Rob Johnson, C3010011 .176
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH1000001 .197
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Aaron Harang, P2110000 .100
   b- Chris Denorfia, PH1000001 .297
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Phillips, C1111000 .167
a-grounded into a double play for Johnson in the 9th
b-popped out for Harang in the 7th
HR - Kyle Phillips (1, Sherrill)
SH - Blake Tekotte (1)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 2 (34), Kyle Phillips (5)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (6)
SB - Eric Patterson (7, 2nd base off Hudson/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Gonzalez-Forsythe-Hawpe
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Ernesto Frieri 1200010 2.00
Mike Adams 1100120 1.46
Chad Qualls (W,3-2) 1000100 2.15
Heath Bell (S,13) 1000010 1.64
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 102-66, Ernesto Frieri 15-13, Mike Adams 18-12, Chad Qualls 13-6, Heath Bell 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 3-8
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 24, Ernesto Frieri 5, Mike Adams 5, Chad Qualls 3, Heath Bell 3
Atlanta Braves
Jordan Schafer, CF3010200 .292
Martin Prado, LF-3B^LF5210003 .280
Brian McCann, C5032000 .304
Eric Hinske, RF-LF^RF5000023 .300
Dan Uggla, 2B3000123 .178
Freddie Freeman, 1B4020011 .254
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010023 .273
Brooks Conrad, 3B2010110 .179
    Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   a- Chipper Jones, PH-3B1000000 .250
Tim Hudson, P2000011 .050
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Mather, PH-RF2000001 .310
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
a-popped out for Venters in the 9th
b-popped out for Proctor in the 7th
2B - Martin Prado (14, Harang), Brian McCann 2 (11, Harang, Harang)
RBI - Brian McCann 2 (29)
SB - Alex Gonzalez (1, 2nd base off Harang/Johnson)
CS - Jordan Schafer (2, 2nd base by Qualls/Phillips)
PK - Alex Gonzalez (2, Harang)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Freeman-McCann
E - Tim Hudson (2, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
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Cory Gearrin 1000020 2.92
Jonny Venters 1200100 0.53
George Sherrill (L,1-1) 1211021 2.63
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 6-5, Scott Proctor 1-2, Jonny Venters 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 23, Scott Proctor 4, Cory Gearrin 3, Jonny Venters 5, George Sherrill 5
Game Information
Attendance - 25832
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Tony Randazzo