San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves

SD
0
ATL
2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
SD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
ATL 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 X 2 8 0

Home Runs: ATL - Evan Gattis (17)


Game Information
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 23,281

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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Pitcher Matchup
Jason Lane
Innings Pitched:6 (Loss)
H 6, R 1, 0.87 ERA
Ervin Santana
(Win) Innings Pitched:8
H 5, R 0, 3.63 ERA

 
Craig Kimbrel
(Save) Innings Pitched: 1
H 0, R 0, 1.9 ERA

Atlanta batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jordan Schafer LF 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .158
Phil Gosselin 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .200
Tommy La Stella 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .286
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .283
Justin Upton LF 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 .283
Jason Heyward RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .260
Ryan Doumit C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .198
Evan Gattis C 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 .292
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .276
Andrelton Simmons SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .255
Ervin Santana P 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .114
Craig Kimbrel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

San Diego batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Alexi Amarista SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .230
Yangervis Solarte 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .280
Seth Smith LF 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 .295
Yasmani Grandal C 4 0 1 0 0 3 0 .210
Tommy Medica 1B 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 .250
Yonder Alonso 1B 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 .216
Jedd Gyorko 2B 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 .164
Will Venable RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .210
Nick Vincent P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jason Lane P 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
Chris Denorfia RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
Dale Thayer P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

Atlanta pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Ervin Santana 8 5 0 0 0 11 102-77 3.63
Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 0 3 13-9 1.90

San Diego pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Jason Lane 6 6 1 1 0 2 92-68 0.87
Dale Thayer 1 1 1 1 1 1 24-15 2.09
Nick Vincent 1 1 0 0 1 0 14-6 4.94