Braves top Padres 4-2 as Dickey pitches in 3rd Atlanta park

ATLANTA (AP) After giving up a home run on his only curveball, R.A. Dickey went back to his knuckleball. He knows that pitch is the reason he's still in the major leagues at age 42.

Winless at Turner Field, Dickey got a victory in his first appearance at SunTrust Park as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 Saturday night behind home runs from Brandon Phillips and Adonis Garcia.

Dickey said he threw about 90 percent knuckleballs. He said the pitch ''was really moving,'' especially in his last two innings.

''The thing was dancing around pretty good,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said,

Atlanta won its third straight following a five-game losing streak, including its first two games at SunTrust Park.

Dickey (1-1), who left Toronto to sign an $8 million, one-year contract with the Braves, gave up two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings with six strikeouts. He allowed consecutive home runs in the second to Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges.

Hedges knew he should take advantage of what he said was a mistake.

''Your game plan was to be aggressive on the knuckleball,'' Hedges said. ''A lot of us hadn't seen it before.''

Dickey was pitching in his third Atlanta ballpark. He got two victories for the U.S. team that won the 1996 Olympic bronze medal at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium but was 0-3 against the Braves at Turner Field in six starts and three relief appearances for Texas, Seattle, the New York Mets and Toronto.

Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

Phillips and Garcia homered in the sixth off Clayton Richard (1-2), who allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings. Padres manager Andy Green said Richard ''got a ton of ground balls'' before making a mistake with an inside fastball to Phillips, who grounded out to the pitcher in his first two at-bats.

''I was very mad about those two at-bats,'' Phillips said. ''I went up there and said, `You know what, I'm going to try to hit this ball as far as I can,' and the next thing you know I did.''

Dansby Swanson and Nick Markakis had run-scoring singles off Richard that tied the score in the third.

Dickey had a fourth-inning single but drew a few boos in the sixth when he failed to run out a grounder that was bobbled and then recovered by Will Myers at first base.

Fans applauded when Dickey was lifted after allowing infield hits to Allen Cordoba and pinch-hitter Christian Bethancourt in the seventh. Jose Ramirez retired Manuel Margot on a flyout, then got Will Myers to ground into a double play.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (right shoulder inflammation) threw from 120 feet and is expected to soon throw off a mound. Green said he is encouraged Perdomo should miss only two starts and get activated from the DL.

Braves: OF Matt Kemp (right hamstring strain) had a more strenuous run on the bases before the game. Snitker said Kemp, eligible to return from the DL on Tuesday, remains ''day to day.''

PLAY DAY

Former Braves players Brian Jordan and Johnny Estrada participated in the team's ''Play Day'' celebration of the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier. The team and a local YMCA coordinated the day of skill competitions and games for youth in metro Atlanta. Simon Kwon, the winner of the skills competition, wore a 42 jersey as he threw out the first pitch.

FIRST START

Cordobo, taken in the winter-meeting draft, had a walk and an infield hit in his first start in left field.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Trevor Cahill (back) is expected to return from the DL Sunday to make his second start this season.

Braves: RHP Bartolo Colon (0-1) is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts against the Padres.

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  • W: R. Dickey (1-1)L: C. Richard (1-2)S: J. Johnson (3)
  • HR: SD - A. Hedges (1), H. Renfroe (3), ATL - B. Phillips (1), A. Garcia (1)
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W. Myers 1B40100012.375.392.7501.1421.5
Y. Solarte 2B40000012.273.327.455.781-0.5
R. Schimpf 3B40000010.129.341.323.663-0.5
H. Renfroe RF41211010.250.250.479.7296.5
A. Hedges C41211021.114.184.229.4137.0
E. Aybar SS40000001.156.289.219.5080.0
A. Cordoba LF30100120.364.417.364.7801.0
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  • a-singled for Richard in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Hand in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF41100002.222.239.444.6842.0
D. Swanson SS40110010.159.196.250.4461.5
F. Freeman 1B30100112.359.432.6921.1240.5
N. Markakis RF40110011.297.409.514.9231.5
B. Phillips 2B41111002.289.357.447.8056.0
A. Garcia 3B41211000.179.220.282.5027.0
K. Suzuki C30000001.083.294.083.3770.0
C. d'Arnaud LF21100100.333.429.333.7623.0
R. Dickey P30100011.333.333.333.6670.5
J. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Myers (5), A. Hedges
    • HR - H. Renfroe (3), A. Hedges
    • RBI - H. Renfroe (6), A. Hedges (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - B. Phillips, A. Garcia
    • RBI - D. Swanson (2), N. Markakis (6), B. Phillips (3), A. Garcia (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - F. Freeman
    FIELDING
    • E - H. Renfroe (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Richard (L, 1-2)6.09442223.601.83-1.0
    J. Torres1.00000103.380.003.5
    B. Hand1.00000100.000.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Richard (L, 1-2)6.0
    J. Torres1.0
    B. Hand1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Dickey (W, 1-1)6.07221623.861.3321.0
    J. Ramirez (H, 2)1.00000002.450.003.0
    A. Vizcaino (H, 3)1.01000200.001.003.0
    J. Johnson (S, 3)1.00000201.500.0011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Dickey (W, 1-1)6.0
    J. Ramirez (H, 2)1.0
    A. Vizcaino (H, 3)1.0
    J. Johnson (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 97-65, J. Torres 9-7, B. Hand 11-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 14-0, J. Torres 2-0, B. Hand 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Richard 27, J. Torres 3, B. Hand 3
    • Balks - C. Richard
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Dickey
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Dickey 89-63, J. Ramirez 3-2, A. Vizcaino 12-8, J. Johnson 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Dickey 5-7, J. Ramirez 1-1, A. Vizcaino 1-0, J. Johnson 1-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Dickey 27, J. Ramirez 2, A. Vizcaino 4, J. Johnson 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Margot CF40000015.292.333.563.896-0.5
    W. Myers 1B40100012.375.392.7501.1421.5
    Y. Solarte 2B40000012.273.327.455.781-0.5
    R. Schimpf 3B40000010.129.341.323.663-0.5
    H. Renfroe RF41211010.250.250.479.7296.5
    A. Hedges C41211021.114.184.229.4137.0
    E. Aybar SS40000001.156.289.219.5080.0
    A. Cordoba LF30100120.364.417.364.7801.0
    C. Richard P10100000.200.333.200.5332.0
    a- C. Bethancourt PH10100000.250.250.250.5001.0
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    • a-singled for Richard in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Hand in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Inciarte CF41100002.222.239.444.6842.0
    D. Swanson SS40110010.159.196.250.4461.5
    F. Freeman 1B30100112.359.432.6921.1240.5
    N. Markakis RF40110011.297.409.514.9231.5
    B. Phillips 2B41111002.289.357.447.8056.0
    A. Garcia 3B41211000.179.220.282.5027.0
    K. Suzuki C30000001.083.294.083.3770.0
    C. d'Arnaud LF21100100.333.429.333.7623.0
    R. Dickey P30100011.333.333.333.6670.5
    J. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Myers (5), A. Hedges
      • HR - H. Renfroe (3), A. Hedges
      • RBI - H. Renfroe (6), A. Hedges (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - B. Phillips, A. Garcia
      • RBI - D. Swanson (2), N. Markakis (6), B. Phillips (3), A. Garcia (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - F. Freeman
      FIELDING
      • E - H. Renfroe (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Richard (L, 1-2)6.09442223.601.83-1.0
      J. Torres1.00000103.380.003.5
      B. Hand1.00000100.000.003.5
      Total8.0944242---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Richard (L, 1-2)6.0
      J. Torres1.0
      B. Hand1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Dickey (W, 1-1)6.07221623.861.3321.0
      J. Ramirez (H, 2)1.00000002.450.003.0
      A. Vizcaino (H, 3)1.01000200.001.003.0
      J. Johnson (S, 3)1.00000201.500.0011.0
      Total9.08221102---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Dickey (W, 1-1)6.0
      J. Ramirez (H, 2)1.0
      A. Vizcaino (H, 3)1.0
      J. Johnson (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 97-65, J. Torres 9-7, B. Hand 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 14-0, J. Torres 2-0, B. Hand 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Richard 27, J. Torres 3, B. Hand 3
      • Balks - C. Richard
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Dickey
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Dickey 89-63, J. Ramirez 3-2, A. Vizcaino 12-8, J. Johnson 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Dickey 5-7, J. Ramirez 1-1, A. Vizcaino 1-0, J. Johnson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Dickey 27, J. Ramirez 2, A. Vizcaino 4, J. Johnson 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Garcia homered to right center24
        Phillips homered to center23
      • 3RD INNING
        Markakis singled to right, Inciarte scored, Swanson to third, Markakis to second on right fielder Renfroe fielding error22
        Swanson singled to right, d'Arnaud scored, Inciarte to second21
      • 2ND INNING
        Hedges homered to left20
        Renfroe homered to left center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Johnson Pitching:
        • E. Aybar: Ball, Aybar grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Cordoba: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cordoba struck out swinging
        • H. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Vizcaino Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Solarte grounded out to first
        • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schimpf struck out swinging
        • H. Renfroe: Renfroe singled to center
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Hand Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Phillips grounded out to third
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Dickey Pitching:
        • A. Cordoba: Ball, Strike looking, Cordoba reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Bethancourt: Foul, Strike swinging, Bethancourt reached on an infield single to shortstop, Cordoba to second
        • M. Margot: Margot lined out to right, Cordoba to third
        • W. Myers: Ball, Myers grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bethancourt out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Torres Pitching:
        • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded bunt out to third
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Freeman grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Dickey Pitching:
        • R. Schimpf: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Schimpf flied out to right
        • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Hedges doubled to deep right center
        • E. Aybar: Ball, Aybar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Phillips homered to center
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garcia homered to right center
        • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Suzuki lined out to pitcher
        • C. d'Arnaud: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud grounded out to third
        • R. Dickey: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickey grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Dickey Pitching:
        • A. Cordoba: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cordoba struck out swinging
        • C. Richard: Ball, Richard singled to shallow left
        • M. Margot: Margot lined out to right
        • W. Myers: Ball, Myers doubled to shallow left, Richard to third
        • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Solarte grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson grounded out to second
        • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Freeman singled to shallow right
        • N. Markakis: Freeman picked off at second, first to pitcher to shortstop, Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Dickey Pitching:
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Foul, Renfroe lined out to center
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • E. Aybar: Aybar grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki grounded out to third
        • C. d'Arnaud: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, d'Arnaud walked
        • R. Dickey: Ball, Strike looking, Dickey singled to shallow center, d'Arnaud to second
        • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Dickey Pitching:
        • W. Myers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Solarte struck out on foul tip
        • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Schimpf grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • C. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, d'Arnaud singled to shallow center
        • R. Dickey: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Dickey struck out bunting foul
        • E. Inciarte: d'Arnaud to second on balk, Foul, Inciarte reached on an infield single to shortstop, d'Arnaud to third
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson singled to right, d'Arnaud scored, Inciarte to second
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis singled to right, Inciarte scored, Swanson to third, Markakis to second on right fielder Renfroe fielding error
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Phillips grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Dickey Pitching:
        • R. Schimpf: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Schimpf lined out to second
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Renfroe homered to left center
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hedges homered to left
        • E. Aybar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Aybar grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Cordoba: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cordoba walked
        • C. Richard: Strike looking, Ball, Richard hit by pitch, Cordoba to second
        • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Margot popped out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Phillips grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Garcia singled to left center
        • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Garcia out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Dickey Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
        • W. Myers: Strike swinging, Myers popped out to second
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman walked
        • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)