Jackson falls apart in 3rd inning, Padres lose 7-3 to Braves
Aug 30, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (34) hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA (AP) — Edwin Jackson felt great in the bullpen before making his eighth start for San Diego.
It all fell apart in the third inning.
“I felt pretty good and it didn't transition over into the game,” Jackson said. “It's just one of those things where it takes one game and you bounce back. You have a streak of good games and you have a streak of bad games.”
Jackson gave up five runs in the third and the Padres were no match for Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran in a 7-3 loss on Tuesday night.
“Command — he just didn't have it today,” San Diego manager Andy Green said. “He started to try to pitch backwards maybe a little bit too late.”
Jackson (3-5) allowed seven hits, five runs and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. The 14-year veteran, pitching for his 11th team, has a 6.26 ERA with the Padres and has given up 18 earned runs in his last 11 2/3 innings.
“Coming out of the bullpen, I had no clue the game would be like it was tonight,” Jackson said. “I felt pretty good and it didn't transition over into the game.”
Teheran won for the first time in nine starts and rookie Dansby Swanson drove in three runs for Atlanta.
Teheran began the night with the lowest run support in the major leagues, but the two-time All-Star used a rare offensive outburst by Atlanta to earn his first home victory since last Oct. 2, a span of 14 starts.
Interim manager Brian Snitker appreciated Teheran's steady demeanor during the long drought, particularly in not complaining when his teammates couldn't score runs.
The Braves averaged just 2.9 runs of support in Teheran's first 23 starts.
“It's unbelievable,” Snitker said. “He's one of those pros. He's our guy that people look to. I like those guys that pitch every inning as their single, little entity. He's trying to win that inning.”
The Braves, who rank last in runs, used six hits to take a 5-0 lead off journeyman Edwin Jackson in a five-run third. Adonis Garcia, Freddie Freeman, Jace Peterson and Swanson had RBI singles. Tyler Flowers added a sacrifice fly.
Teheran (4-9) allowed six hits and two runs and struck out eight in seven innings. The Braves' ace returned from the disabled list two weeks ago after missing 26 games with a right lat strain. He gave up nine runs in 11 innings over his last two starts.
Swanson, the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, had a two-run double in the fifth off Carlos Villanueva to put the Braves up 7-2.
Teheran was coming off his worst start of the season when he allowed 11 hits and six runs in six innings of a no decision at Arizona last Wednesday.
His only mistake was a fastball that Oswaldo Arcia hit for his first homer with San Diego, and seventh overall, to cut the lead to 5-2 in the fourth.
“A couple of games I didn't have my best stuff, but I battled and I've been working in the bullpen like I was at the beginning of the year,” Teheran said. “I'm glad I did today what I could.”
The Braves improved to 20-44 at home, worst in the majors.
ON THE RUN
Travis Jankowski easily stole his 29th base in the fifth, dropping catcher Flowers to 1 for 41 in caught-stealing attempts.
The Braves recalled RHPs Shae Simmons and John Gant from Triple-A Gwinnett, placing RHP Arodys Vizcaino on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and optioning RHP Brandon Cunniff to Gwinnett.
Padres C Christian Bethancourt left after the top of the third inning with a left intercostal strain. … Derek Norris took his place.
Padres: RHP Paul Clemens (2-3) will face Atlanta for the first time.
Braves: RHP Matt Wisler (5-11) is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in one career start against San Diego.
This story has been corrected to show that Julio Teheran won for the first time in nine starts, not 10.