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Santana, Gattis lead Braves to 2-0 win over Padres

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer
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ATLANTA (AP) Ervin Santana knew in the very first inning his slider would be tough to hit.

It took a while to know if that would be good enough for a win.

In the seventh, Evan Gattis finally came through.

Gattis hit a tiebreaking homer off outfielder-turned-pitcher Jason Lane and that was all Santana and the Atlanta Braves needed, beating San Diego 2-0 on Monday for their third straight win.

''I've got you on the plane,'' Santana jokingly told Gattis, as they prepared to leave on a West Coast road trip. ''I'll get you anything you want.''

Santana (10-6) threw five-hit ball over eight innings, matching his career high with 11 strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save.

''I kept everybody off balance with the slider,'' Santana said. ''That was one of the keys.''

Gattis led off the seventh with his first homer since June 18, before he went on the disabled list for nearly three weeks with a bulging disk in his back. He also drove in Atlanta's other run with a two-out single off Dale Thayer in the eighth.

''He's a great hitter,'' teammate Andrelton Simmons said of Gattis. ''He's going to get back to doing what he was doing at the beginning of the year.''

Called up from Triple-A to fill in for ailing Ian Kennedy, Lane (0-1) shut down the Braves through six innings. But when the 37-year-old left-hander hung an 0-1 slider, Gattis drove it into the left-field seats for his 17th homer of the season.

''It's a little frustrating to make a mistake like that,'' said Lane, who was making his first big league start as a pitcher. ''There's not a lot of room for error. And it cost me.''

Lane was a journeyman outfielder with Houston and the Padres from 2002-07. He became a full-time pitcher before the 2012 season, looking to get back to the big leagues in a different position. He threw 4 1-3 scoreless innings for San Diego in two June relief appearances, and extended his scoreless streak to 10 1-3 innings before Gattis' long ball.

''The Padres gave me this opportunity,'' Lane said. ''Beyond that, I'm not sure what the situation will be. But I'm ready to go.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: OF Carlos Quentin went on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left knee. INF Jedd Gyorko was activated from the DL after being out since June 4 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Kennedy missed his scheduled start because of a left oblique strain.

Braves: RF Jason Heyward left the game after the third inning when his lower back tightened up. He was replaced by Ryan Doumit and listed as day to day.

ON DECK

Padres: Tyson Ross (9-10) pitches for San Diego on Tuesday when they open a three-game series at home against Lance Lynn (11-7) and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Braves: Atlanta heads to Los Angeles to begin an eight-game road trip that also includes stops in San Diego and Seattle. Aaron Harang (9-6) pitches on Tuesday against Josh Beckett (6-5) of the Dodgers.

GLOVE WORK: Braves SS Simmons made a diving catch on a liner up the middle by Yangervis Solarte in the first, but the Gold Glover was just getting warmed up. In the fifth, Simmons moved to his left to field a grounder by Will Venable. The ball took a bad hop, Simmons instinctively stuck out his right hand to grab it barehanded. He threw out Venable by a step. ''An average shortstop makes that play,'' Simmons quipped.

LEFTY KILLER: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson had a pair of hits off Lane, improving his major league-leading average against left-handers to .433 (29 of 67).

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Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Lane
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 2
Atlanta

E. Gattis
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Alexi Amarista, SS4000011.230.279.310
Yangervis Solarte, 3B4000011.256.336.390
Seth Smith, RF4000030.295.392.510
Yasmani Grandal, C4010030.210.305.384
Tommy Medica, LF3000031.250.297.410
Yonder Alonso, 1B3020001.216.255.343
Jedd Gyorko, 2B3010013.164.214.271
Will Venable, CF3000021.210.263.295
Jason Lane, P2010000.333.333.333
   Nick Vincent, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Chris Denorfia, PH1000000.243.294.320
   Dale Thayer, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals31050014    
a-grounded out for Vincent in the 8th
Batting
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Amarista-Gyorko-Alonso
E - Yonder Alonso (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Lane (L,0-1) 6611021 0.87
Nick Vincent 1100100 4.94
Dale Thayer 1111110 2.09
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Lane 92-68, Nick Vincent 14-6, Dale Thayer 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Lane 8-9, Nick Vincent 2-0, Dale Thayer 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Lane 25, Nick Vincent 4, Dale Thayer 5
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jordan Schafer, CF3000110.158.247.211
Phil Gosselin, 2B3010000.200.200.200
   a-Tommy La Stella, PH-2B1000001.286.361.354
Freddie Freeman, 1B4000012.283.373.474
Justin Upton, LF3110112.283.353.500
Jason Heyward, RF1000000.260.350.379
   Ryan Doumit, RF3000001.198.232.302
Evan Gattis, C4132000.292.350.556
Chris Johnson, 3B4020001.276.297.386
Andrelton Simmons, SS3010001.255.300.348
Ervin Santana, P2000002.114.133.114
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3128223    
a-grounded into a double play for Gosselin in the 7th
Batting
HR - Evan Gattis (17, Lane)
SH - Ervin Santana (5)
RBI - Evan Gattis 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Gattis (14)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Justin Upton 1
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (W,10-6) 85000110 3.63
Craig Kimbrel (S,32) 1000030 1.90
HBP - Medica (by Ervin Santana)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 102-77, Craig Kimbrel 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 4-8
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 29, Craig Kimbrel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23281
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Gabe Morales