Padres 4, Braves 3


ATLANTA – Brian Giles sparked a comeback from a three-run deficit with his first homer of the year, and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.

Atlanta led 3-0 before Giles’ solo homer in the seventh off Ken Ray, who had just entered. The drive ended San Diego’s scoreless streak at 20 innings.

Ryan Bowen and Adrian Gonzalez followed with doubles, and Oscar Villarreal relieved and gave up Josh Barfield’s tying sacrifice fly.

Dave Roberts tripled off Mike Remlinger (1-1) past a diving Ryan Langerhans in left field leading off the eighth – the ball went all the way to the wall and had to be retrieved by center fielder Andruw Jones. Pinch-hitter Eric Young followed with a grounder that deflected off the glove of third baseman Pete Orr for a go-ahead infield single.

Scott Linebrink (1-1), who lost Friday’s series opener, got four outs for the win. He relieved Alan Embree with two on and two outs in the seventh and struck out pinch-hitter Brian Jordan. With runners on second and third in the eighth, he struck out Pete Orr.

Trevor Hoffman gave out two-outs singles to Jones and Jordan in the ninth, then struck out Jeff Francouer for his first save.

Braves starter by John Thomson allowed one hit in six shutout innings and struck out six. He was removed after 74 pitches.

San Diego starter Woody Williams struck out nine in six innings, giving up three runs and six hits.

Jones hit his fourth homer for a 1-0 lead in the second, Thomson doubled in a run later in the inning, and Jeff Francouer added an RBI single in the third.

Notes: Thomson already has two doubles and three RBIs. … Pratt stole second base in the fourth inning. It was his sixth career stolen base and his first since 2002 with Philadelphia. … Padres C Doug Mirabelli was removed from the starting lineup due to lower back stiffness and is day to day. Bowen filled in and made his first start.

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