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San Diego
W: N. Vincent (5-3) L: J. Walden (4-3) S: H. Street (30)
HR: SD - C. Headley (11)   ATL - J. Upton (25),B. McCann (20)

Braves rookie Hale sharp, but Padres rally in eighth

CBSSports.com wire reports

ATLANTA -- A right foot injury has taken away Logan Forsythe's ability to be an everyday player for the Padres in the last month of the season.

Forsythe has to pick his spots to contribute, and he made the most of his opportunity against the Braves.

Chase Headley hit a tying homer and Forsythe drove in the go-ahead run in San Diego's two-run eighth and the Padres beat Atlanta 4-3 on Friday night to spoil Braves rookie David Hale's debut.

Forsythe's pinch-hit, go-ahead single off Scott Downs drove in Tommy Medica.

"It's not an injury where you can go out every day and perform like you want to," Forsythe said.

Forsythe said watching the single fall in center field "absolutely" made the pain in his foot go away.

"When I got around first, I was like, it's really rewarding, especially getting a win here," Forsythe said. "That's just big for us, especially in the first day (of the three-game series)."

San Diego rallied after Hale pitched five scoreless innings and struck out nine, the most by a Braves pitcher in his first major-league game.

"He was outstanding," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We couldn't ask for anything more. It couldn't have been scripted better."

Justin Upton and Brian McCann hit home runs off Ian Kennedy in the third inning to give the Braves a 3-0 lead.

The Padres scored two runs in the seventh and tied the game on Headley's leadoff homer off Jordan Walden (4-3) in the eighth.

Walden walked Medica, who moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Forsythe's single.

Padres manager Bud Black had Alexi Amarista, a left-handed hitter, introduced as a pinch-hitter but opted for Forsythe after Gonzalez brought in Downs, a left-hander.

"Downs is a good pitcher," Black said. "We just wanted to get a right-handed bat."

Headley said the Padres "kept battling and having good at-bats. I felt we kept the pressure on, even when they made pitches to get guys out, it was just a battle."

Nick Vincent (5-3) had three strikeouts in the seventh. Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect eighth before Huston Street got the final three outs for his 30th save.

Kennedy didn't allow a hit until Upton led off the third with his 25th homer to left field. Freddie Freeman walked and scored on McCann's two-run homer, a high shot to right field.

Kennedy has allowed 25 homers, the second-highest total in the National League.

San Diego loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh on singles by Medica, Ronny Cedeno and Rene Rivera off Luis Ayala.

Medica scored on pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman's infield single off Luis Avilan. After Will Venable's grounder forced out Cedeno at the plate, Chris Denorfia's fly ball to right field off David Carpenter drove in Rivera, cutting Atlanta's lead to 3-2.

Hale struck out the side in the first, including Headley and Kyle Blanks with runners on first and third following singles by Denorfia and Jedd Gyorko.

The clutch pitching by the rookie in the first inning set a pattern. Hale struck out Gyorko to end the third with a runner on second and fanned Cedeno to end the fourth with a runner on third.

Hale, from Marietta, Ga., near Atlanta, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sept. 5. He filled in for left-hander Paul Maholm, who was skipped in the rotation due to a sore left elbow. An MRI on Wednesday showed no serious injury.

Downs, a left-hander, was cleared after being examined before the game for a non-displaced fracture to the tip of his right ring finger.


Hale, from Princeton University, struck out Venable, also from Princeton, for his first out. ... Kenshin Kawakami (2009) and Bob Dresser (1902) each had eight strikeouts in their first major league games for the Braves. ... Black said 1B Yonder Alonso, who hurt his right hand on a check swing on Aug. 30, is "eligible to play defense" if needed but is not ready to hit. ... Braves OF Jason Heyward wore a protective flap on his helmet as he took batting practice on the field for the first time since his right jaw was fractured when hit by a pitch from the Mets' Jonathon Niese on Aug. 21. The Braves hope Heyward can return before the end of the regular season. "Nothing is holding me back," Heyward said. ... Braves RHP Kris Medlen will face Padres LHP Robbie Erlin on Saturday night.

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Chris Denorfia knocks in a run in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly to help the Padres rally past Atlanta. (USATSI)
Chris Denorfia knocks in a run in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly to help the Padres rally past Atlanta. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

J. Upton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
San Diego

C. Headley
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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NL West Preview: San Diego Padres (2:24)
San Diego Padres
Will Venable, CF5010013 .270
Chris Denorfia, RF4021001 .271
Jedd Gyorko, 2B5010023 .247
Chase Headley, 3B3111112 .242
Kyle Blanks, LF4000023 .251
Tommy Medica, 1B3210111 .364
Ronny Cedeno, SS4010012 .253
Rene Rivera, C3110000 .192
   a-Alexi Amarista, PH0000000 .257
   b-Logan Forsythe, PH1011000 .216
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Ian Kennedy, P2000020 .143
   c-Mark Kotsay, PH0000000 .191
   d-Jesus Guzman, PH1011000 .236
   Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
   e-Nick Hundley, PH-C1000001 .236
a-announced for Rivera in the 8th
b-singled for Amarista in the 8th
c-announced for Kennedy in the 7th
d-singled for Kotsay in the 7th
e-grounded out for Vincent in the 8th
2B - Chris Denorfia (18, Hale)
HR - Chase Headley (11, Walden)
SF - Chris Denorfia (4)
RBI - Chris Denorfia (43), Chase Headley (42), Logan Forsythe (17), Jesus Guzman (33)
2-OUT RBI - Logan Forsythe (6)
SB - Chase Headley (8, 2nd base off Hale/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Kennedy-Cedeno
San Diego Padres
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Nick Vincent (W,5-3) 1000030 2.52
Luke Gregerson (H,21) 1000020 2.88
Huston Street (S,30) 1000010 2.66
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 82-55, Nick Vincent 15-10, Luke Gregerson 12-7, Huston Street 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 5-6, Huston Street 2-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 23, Nick Vincent 3, Luke Gregerson 3, Huston Street 3
Atlanta Braves
Jordan Schafer, CF2000220 .258
Justin Upton, RF4121001 .257
Freddie Freeman, 1B4120011 .310
Evan Gattis, LF4000024 .244
Brian McCann, C4112012 .261
Chris Johnson, 3B3000010 .328
Andrelton Simmons, SS3000020 .248
Elliot Johnson, 2B3000010 .199
David Hale, P1000000 .000
   a-Jose Constanza, PH1000000 .179
   Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   Jordan Walden, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   b-Joe Terdoslavich, PH1000010 .230
   Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out-bunting for Hale in the 5th
b-struck out for Downs in the 8th
HR - Justin Upton (25, Kennedy), Brian McCann (20, Kennedy)
RBI - Justin Upton (65), Brian McCann 2 (55)
SB - Jordan Schafer (21, 2nd base off Kennedy/Rivera)
CS - Jordan Schafer (6, 2nd base by Kennedy/Rivera)
Team LOB - 2
PB - Brian McCann (3)
Atlanta Braves
David Hale 5400190 0.00
Luis Ayala (H,8) 1322000 3.10
Luis Avilan (H,24) 0.1100000 1.48
David Carpenter (H,9) 0.2000000 1.97
Jordan Walden (L,4-3; BS,2) 0.2122101 2.78
Scott Downs 0.1100000 1.96
Kameron Loe 1000010 8.22
WP - Jordan Walden (5)
Pitches-Strikes - David Hale 87-56, Luis Ayala 23-16, Luis Avilan 12-8, David Carpenter 7-4, Jordan Walden 15-7, Scott Downs 9-5, Kameron Loe 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Hale 4-2, Luis Ayala 3-0, Luis Avilan 1-0, David Carpenter 1-1, Scott Downs 1-0, Kameron Loe 2-0
Batters Faced - David Hale 20, Luis Ayala 6, Luis Avilan 2, David Carpenter 2, Jordan Walden 4, Scott Downs 2, Kameron Loe 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34112
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Chris Guccione