ATLANTA (AP) – Xavier Nady hit a grand slam off rookie Joey Devine in the 13th inning to lead the San Diego Padres past Atlanta 7-2 on Saturday, handing the Braves their third straight loss at Turner Field.

Devine (0-1), the Braves’ first-round pick in the June draft, was called up from Double-A Mississippi before the game, took an early morning flight to Atlanta and made his major league debut on 45 minutes sleep.

The right-hander pitched a scoreless 12th and was one pitch from finishing the 13th when Nady connected with a 1-2 fastball, sending a 415-foot drive into the center-field seats.

The Padres loaded the bases on Eric Young’s single and two walks, one of them intentional. After Nady’s 13th homer, the Padres added another run on Miguel Olivo’s run-scoring single off John Foster.

First-place Atlanta has its first three-game home losing streak. Overall, it’s only the third time the Braves have lost three in a row.

Rudy Seanez (4-1) got the win with a scoreless 12th.

Both starters – Atlanta’s Horacio Ramirez and San Diego’s Pedro Astacio – pitched well, though Ramirez struggled through the first.

Damian Jackson led off with a double and scored on Mark Loretta’s sacrifice fly, just beating Jeff Francoeur’s strong throw to the plate from right field. The Padres put together two more hits in the first, but the Braves escaped a bigger deficit when Nady grounded out.

Astacio breezed through the first five innings, giving up four hits and benefiting from a couple of double plays.

But Rafael Furcal led off the sixth with a drive off the right-field foul pole for his 11th homer. Olivo set up on the inside corner, but Astacio left a fastball over the plate.

Before the inning was done, the Braves had a 2-1 lead on Francoeur’s run-scoring single with two outs. The rookie sensation had three more hits, raising his average to .379.

Ramirez recovered from his shaky start, allowing only one hit and two walks over the next 5 1-3 innings. But Olivo tied the game at 2 in the seventh, hitting a one-out homer into the left-field seats.

Ramirez went eight innings, giving up six hits and two runs. Astacio was lifted for a pinch-hitter after the sixth, having also allowed a pair of runs on seven hits.

Notes: Braves CF Andruw Jones, who leads the majors in home runs, didn’t start but was used as a pinch-hitter. He flied out to center in the 10th. … The Padres improved to 5-7 in extra-inning games, while the Braves dropped to 4-4. … Nady’s grand slam was the second of the season for the Padres. Ryan Klesko hit one at Colorado on July 8.

AP-ES-08-20-05 1715EDT


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