Five relievers hold Braves to four hits in Padres win
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Strahm and four other San Diego relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Padres beat Atlanta 3-1 Wednesday to take two of three from the Braves.
The Padres turned to their bullpen for the second time in 11 games because rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi remains on the disabled list. The other time was a 6-1 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 27, also started by Strahm.
Strahm went 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run and two hits while striking out two and walking one. He gave up Freddie Freeman’s home run with two outs in the first, his 11th.
Rookie lefty Jose Castillo (1-0) allowed one hit and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings. Adam Cimber struck out the side in the fifth. Kirby Yates walked two in two hitless innings.
Closer Brad Hand came on for the eighth and allowed a leadoff double to Ozzie Albies before striking out Dansby Swanson, Freeman and Nick Markakis. Hand then retired the side in the ninth for his 18th save.
The Padres got all the runs they needed in the second against Mike Foltynewicz (5-4). Hunter Renfroe hit a leadoff single and scored on Cory Spangenberg’s triple to the gap in right-center. Manuel Margot’s one-out single to right brought in Spangenberg, an infielder who pitched the ninth in Tuesday night’s 14-1 loss. The Padres loaded the bases with two outs before Eric Hosmer struck out.
Freddy Galvis squeezed in a run in the eighth.
Braves: RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 4.83) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series at the Dodgers on Friday night.
Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (2-3, 6.82) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series at Miami on Friday night. Lauer lost to the Marlins 7-2 on May 28 before beating the Reds 8-2 on Saturday.