Padres 5, Braves 3(13)

These extra-innings games are getting tough on Atlanta Braves

manager Fredi Gonzalez.

”I hope it changes soon,” Gonzalez said after Ryan Ludwick’s

second homer of the night, a 2-run shot with one out in the 13th

inning, lifted the San Diego Padres to a 5-3 win against the Braves

on Monday night.

”I don’t know if my gut can take it another extra-inning

game.”

Atlanta went extra innings for the third time in five games. The

Braves are 1-2 in those games.

Ludwick’s winning shot, his fourth of the year, came on an 0-1

pitch from Cristhian Martinez (0-2). It was the fourth game-winning

homer of his career.

Nick Hundley, who tied the game with an RBI double in the

seventh, was aboard on a one-out walk.

Cory Luebke (1-1) pitched two innings.

Chipper Jones hit his 500th career double leading off the 12th

and was replaced by pinch-runner Brandon Hicks. Brian McCann hit a

dribbler back to Luebke, who threw out Hicks trying to take third.

Dan Uggla singled to put runners on first and second before Freddie

Freeman and Alex Gonzalez struck out.

Going into that inning, the Padres had retired 19 of 20 batters

since Braves starter Derek Lowe hit an RBI single with two outs in

the fifth.

”Any time you play 13 innings, it’s tough to lose,” Lowe said.

”It’s not the ideal situation. But we have an off day in two days,

so we just have to dig deep.”

Atlanta’s Nate McLouth singled leading off the 13th. Once again

the Padres erased the lead runner when Luebke fielded Martinez’s

bunt and forced McLouth at second. Right fielder Chris Denorfia

made a spectacular, diving, rolling catch of Martin Prado’s fly

ball, then got up and doubled Martinez off first to end the

inning.

Hundley hit an RBI double off former Padres reliever Scott

Linebrink with two outs in the seventh to tie the game at 3. It

brought in Cameron Maybin, who opened the inning by walking off

Eric O’Flaherty.

Atlanta’s Jason Heyward homered on Dustin Moseley’s fifth pitch

of the game, an opposite-field solo shot to left with one out in

the first.

The Padres hadn’t scored a run in Moseley’s previous four starts

while he was in the game. They finally snapped that streak when

Will Venable’s tying groundout brought in Orlando Hudson, who hit a

leadoff single and advanced on Brad Hawpe’s double to left.

Ludwick then gave the Padres a 2-1 lead when he homered to left

with two outs in the third, his third.

Atlanta came back in the fifth for a 3-2 lead. Freeman doubled

down the right-field line with one out and scored on Gonzalez’s

single up the middle. With two outs, Lowe singled up the middle to

bring in Gonzalez.

Lowe allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out

eight and walked three. In his last start, he went only three

innings in a 6-1 loss at Los Angeles, allowing five earned runs on

nine hits.

Moseley allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, struck

out two and walked none. His ERA rose from 1.40 to 1.99.

NOTES: Sidearmer Cory Gearrin made his major league debut by

pitching two perfect innings for the Braves. He was recalled Friday

from Triple-A Gwinnett. … The Padres recalled RH reliever Evan

Scribner from Triple-A Tucson and optioned LH Wade LeBlanc to the

same Tucson club. … LeBlanc was recalled from Tucson on Sunday to

start against Philadelphia. He took the loss.