Wisler whiffs 10, Braves top Padres to get out of MLB cellar
ATLANTA (AP) Matt Wisler set a career high with 10 strikeouts in six innings, Gordon Beckham drove in two runs with a pinch-hit bases-loaded double in the sixth and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 8-1 on Wednesday night.
The Braves (50-83) no longer have the majors' worst record. Minnesota (49-84) fell below Atlanta with its 13th straight loss, 8-4 to Cleveland. The Twins and Braves began the day tied in the race for the No. 1 pick in next year's draft.
Wisler (6-11) allowed one run on only four hits in his third straight win. His last strikeout against Derek Norris ended the sixth with runners on first and second.
The Braves led only 2-1 before Beckham's two-run double off Kevin Quackenbush. Ender Inciarte added a two-run single in the four-run inning.
Oswaldo Arcia's fourth-inning homer gave the Padres their only run.
Paul Clemens (2-4) was hurt by four walks as he allowed two runs, one earned, in three-plus innings. He left with no outs and the bases loaded in the fourth before Jose Dominguez struck out Dansby Swanson and Wisler hit into a double play.
Clemens, signed by Atlanta in the 2008 draft, made his first career appearance against the Braves.
The Braves scored only one run on two hits and two walks off Clemens in the third. Inciarte was tagged out at the plate when catcher Derek Norris quickly retrieved Clemens' wild pitch on a walk to Freddie Freeman. Adonis Garcia's double off the center-field wall drove in Wisler, who singled.
Freeman had a run-scoring single off Brandon Maurer in the Braves' two-run eighth.
The Braves and Padres plan to make only a small number of moves on Thursday when rosters can be expanded.
Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said catcher A.J. Pierzynski (left hamstring strain) and RHP Chris Withrow (right elbow inflammation) are expected to come off the disabled list.
The Padres plan to recall left-hander Ryan Buchter. Infielder Alexi Amarista (left hamstring strain) is expected to join the team Friday in Los Angeles. The team recalled catcher Hector Sanchez from Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.
BLAIR PULLED FROM ROTATION
Braves rookie right-hander Aaron Blair won't make his next scheduled start on Saturday at Philadelphia. Snitker said Blair, 0-6 with an 8.23 ERA, instead will work on his mechanics with pitching coach Roger McDowell ''for a while.'' A starter has not been named for Saturday's game.
Snitker said he didn't know if Blair will make another start this season.
Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt was placed on the 15-day DL after he suffered a left intercostal strain on a swing in Tuesday night's game. ''I didn't know It was that painful,'' he said of the injury. ... RHP Tyson Ross, on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, felt discomfort following his first rehab start last week. Manager Andy Green said it was ''not a major setback.''
Padres: RHP Jarred Cosart will make his sixth start with Padres, and 10th overall of the season. Cosart was traded to San Diego from the Marlins on July 29.
Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz, coming off a win over the Giants, will make his second career start against San Diego and first of the season.