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Padres hold off Braves; Marquis wins seventh straight

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres needed every bit of a six-run lead they built against the Atlanta Braves thanks in large part to home runs by Logan Forsythe and Will Venable.

Forsythe hit a home run in his first at-bat of the season, Venable added a three-run homer and Jason Marquis won his seventh consecutive decision to lead the Padres to a 7-6 victory against the Braves on Monday night.

Marquis took a 7-1 lead into the eighth, when he allowed Jason Heyward's solo shot to right-center with one out and then walked Freddie Freeman with two outs before making way for Tommy Layne.

"Two runs through eight, I'll take that tomorrow," manager Bud Black said. "The ninth inning got away from us a little bit, but we had a big enough cushion. The end result is what you look for."

Braves rookie Evan Gattis had a pinch-hit, three-run homer with one out in the ninth off Tim Stauffer to pull the Braves to 7-5. Dan Uggla and Chris Johnson were aboard on singles for Gattis' 14th home run overall and his fourth pinch-hit shot. He leads all major league rookies with 14 home runs and 37 RBI.

Heyward hit a home run to straightaway center field with two outs in the ninth, his second solo shot of the game and fifth of the season. It came off Dale Thayer, who got the final two outs for his first save in three chances.

Marquis (8-2) held Atlanta to two runs and five hits, walked five and struck out four.

"He pitched well. He weaves his way through a game. It's great," Black said.

Marquis has won seven consecutive decisions over nine starts, the second-longest streak of his career. His last loss was on April 22 to Milwaukee.

"I just tried to carry over what I did in LA and try to be real consistent in my delivery and focus down in the zone with my sinker," said Marquis, who beat the Dodgers 6-2 while allowing only three hits in 6 1/3 innings in his previous start. "It helped me get deep into the game."

Marquis said keeping the ball down "is a key for me against any team. By no means am I overpowering, so I pitch to contact and my contact has to be on the ground. If I keep the ball in the bottom of the zone, I'm going to get those consistent ground balls."

Heyward hit a home run on a slider from Marquis.

"Probably bad pitch selection, but at that point of the game, up 7-1, sometimes I like to try different things to see where it gets me," Marquis said. "I should have attacked him with a sinker like I'd been doing all night, but he put a good swing on it. He'll do some damage with mistake pitches."

The Braves lost for just the third time in 10 games.

"I'm really, really proud of this team," Heyward said. "We have a good team. We don't quit. We have a lot of fun and have a lot of pride, and that's an example of it right there."

Seeing a four-run ninth inning "is the bright side of the game," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You start seeing guys like Heyward and B.J. [Upton] and Justin [Upton] swinging the bats. And Gattis with his fourth pinch-hit home run. You just keep running him out when you get the situation. His swing works. He's got a short swing and he's a big, strong man."

Both of San Diego's home runs came off rookie Julio Teheran, who had a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings in his previous start.

Forsythe was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list earlier in the day to take the spot of rookie Jedd Gyorko, who was put on the 15-day DL with a strained groin.

Forsythe hit a two-out shot to left-center in the second, estimated at 445 feet.

Venable homered into the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Deck atop the right-field wall with one out in the fourth to give the Padres a 5-0 lead. Carlos Quentin and Kyle Blanks singled ahead of Venable's home run, his eighth.

Teheran (4-3) went six innings, allowing five runs and six hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

The Padres added two runs in the seventh on Yasmani Grandal's single and Marquis' double-play ball.

Notes

  • To make room for Forsythe on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated C John Baker for assignment.
  • Gyorko is hitting .284 with eight home runs and 25 RBI. He has made 51 starts at second base and nine at third. He leads all rookies in batting average, hits (66), runs (36) and total bases (107) while ranking tied for the lead in doubles (17) and second in home runs and RBI. Gyorko was hurt in a loss Sunday at Colorado.
  • Forsythe was placed on the 15-day DL before the season with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 24.
  • Padres closer Huston Street pitched a simulated game Monday. Street will pitch an inning Wednesday at Class A Lake Elsinore. Street went on the 15-day DL June 1, retroactive to May 30, with a strained right calf. Manager Bud Black said Street threw well Monday.
 
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Jason Marquis has another strong start before his victory barely survives the Braves' ninth-inning rally.  (USATSI)
Jason Marquis has another strong start before his victory barely survives the Braves' ninth-inning rally. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrelton Simmons, SS5000001 .254
Jason Heyward, RF5222000 .207
Justin Upton, LF5020010 .250
Freddie Freeman, 1B2000212 .312
Brian McCann, C3000113 .244
Dan Uggla, 2B3110121 .195
Chris Johnson, 3B3210101 .323
B.J. Upton, CF4020011 .165
Julio Teheran, P2001000 .200
   a- Jordan Schafer, PH1000001 .293
    Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
   b- Evan Gattis, PH1113000 .263
Totals3469656  
a-grounded out for Teheran in the 7th
b-homered for Gearrin in the 9th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (9, Marquis), B.J. Upton (5, Marquis)
HR - Jason Heyward 2 (5, Marquis, Thayer), Evan Gattis (14, Stauffer)
RBI - Jason Heyward 2 (12), Julio Teheran (1), Evan Gattis 3 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward (5)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Uggla-Simmons-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Julio Teheran (L,4-3) 6655032 3.62
Cory Gearrin 2222110 3.62
Pitches-Strikes - Julio Teheran 82-56, Cory Gearrin 33-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Teheran 6-8, Cory Gearrin 2-2
Batters Faced - Julio Teheran 23, Cory Gearrin 8
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS4000020 .293
Alexi Amarista, CF4110000 .260
Chase Headley, 3B4001010 .225
Carlos Quentin, LF4110000 .264
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
Kyle Blanks, 1B3110010 .299
Will Venable, RF3223000 .232
Logan Forsythe, 2B22211001.000
Yasmani Grandal, C3011000 .179
Jason Marquis, P3000000 .103
    Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
    Chris Denorfia, LF0000000 .284
Totals3078614  
Batting
2B - Will Venable (5, Gearrin)
3B - Alexi Amarista (1, Teheran)
HR - Will Venable (8, Teheran), Logan Forsythe (1, Teheran)
RBI - Chase Headley (19), Will Venable 3 (24), Logan Forsythe (1), Yasmani Grandal (4)
2-OUT RBI - Logan Forsythe (1)
PK - Logan Forsythe (1, Teheran)
Fielding
DP - Headley-Forsythe-Blanks, Headley-Blanks
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Marquis (W,8-2) 7.2522541 3.59
Tommy Layne 0.1000010 1.59
Tim Stauffer 0.1333001 4.96
Dale Thayer (S,1) 0.2111011 3.38
WP - Jason Marquis (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 108-60, Tommy Layne 4-4, Tim Stauffer 8-5, Dale Thayer 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 12-5
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 31, Tommy Layne 1, Tim Stauffer 4, Dale Thayer 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21192
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Bill Welke