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Inciarte's HR, Braves bats back Bartolo vs. SD

April 16, 2017

ATLANTA -- Bartolo Colon surrendered one hit over seven dominant innings and the Braves erased Trevor Cahill's no-hit bid with a middle-inning offensive flurry that propelled them to Sunday afternoon's 9-2 win over the Padres at SunTrust Park.On the way to winning their fourth straight game and remaining undefeated in

ATLANTA -- Bartolo Colon surrendered one hit over seven dominant innings and the Braves erased Trevor Cahill's no-hit bid with a middle-inning offensive flurry that propelled them to Sunday afternoon's 9-2 win over the Padres at SunTrust Park.
On the way to winning their fourth straight game and remaining undefeated in their new stadium, the Braves saw Colon surrender Ryan Schimpf's solo homer in the second inning and then retire 16 of the final 17 batters he faced. The 43-year-old right-hander gained his first lead of the day courtesy of Tyler Flowers' go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth inning.
Schimpf showing patience at plate

"Trevor wasn't making any mistakes the first few innings," said Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. "We got a couple guys on and Tyler was able to knock it through. It was a big hit for us, and once he did that, the floodgates opened for us. It took us a bit, but better late than never."
Cahill, who allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight, kept the Braves hitless until Brandon Phillips laced a single to left field with one out in the fifth inning. San Diego's right-hander exited after Phillips extended Atlanta's lead with a two-run single in the sixth inning. Phillips finished the day with three hits and three RBIs.
"He had the stuff to pitch seven scoreless today," said Padres manager Andy Green. "His stuff was plenty good enough to continue to mow through the order. Two, in my opinion, really bad pitch selections [to Flowers and Phillips]. Those two pitches came back and honestly bit us."

The Braves bulllpen's streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings was snapped in the eighth inning when Ian Krol issued two walks, surrendered a single to Hunter Renfroe and allowed Schimpf to score on a passed ball.

But the Braves added three more runs in the bottom half of the eighth and further distanced themselves from the 1-6 record they sported before this four-game win streak, which includes victories in each of the three games played thus far in their new stadium.
"The road trip wasn't good, but we hurt ourselves," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "We're playing better baseball right now."
Wild thing: After facing the minimum through four, Cahill ran into trouble from the stretch in the fifth. The right-hander bounced three pitches in the dirt, none of which could be handled by catcher Hector Sanchez. Two of the three wild pitches set up Braves runs, as both Phillips and Adonis Garcia reached scoring position on balls in the dirt. Flowers would promptly knock them home with a two-run single.

"I felt like I was one pitch away," Cahill said. "I made some decent pitches, and they did a good job fouling them off. They kept battling me. I got to two strikes on Adonis and Flowers and was maybe trying too hard to put them away and not give any runs instead of just making a good pitch."
Inciarte's influence:Ender Inciarte extended Atlanta's lead in the seventh inning with a solo homer, but the center fielder's most influential contribution was a sixth-inning leadoff single after his liner deflected off shortstop Erick Aybar's glove. Dansby Swanson moved Inciarte to second base with a grounder to the right side on a hit-and-run. After Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked, Phillips delivered his decisive two-run single, just his second hit through his first 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
"Right now, everybody just wants to win as many games as we can because it will be fun to see us play in October here," Inciarte said of the atmosphere at SunTrust Park.

"[Colon] was real efficient. He probably could have gone back out [for the eighth inning], but you look at the big picture and we've got six months left. He kind of got us to where we needed to go and stay away from some guys and give them a day. The guys we finished with, they needed to pitch. It was kind of the perfect storm."
-- Snitker on removing Colon after just 85 pitches

After totaling three homers in 522 at-bats last year, Inciarte has tallied each of his four homers this year within his past 14 at-bats. .
In a weekend of firsts at SunTrust Park, Travis Jankowski became the first player to successfully rob a home run at the Braves' new ballpark. With no outs in the seventh, the Padres left fielder made a brilliant catch at the short wall in front of the Padres' bullpen, skying to prevent Jace Peterson's opposite-field smash from clearing the fence.

"Tons of athleticism out there, running that down," Green said. "That's a relatively deep left field. I think that right-center gap's going to play traditionally pretty small here as time goes on. That left field plays deep. That was a long run, a heck of a catch."
According to Statcast™, balls hit with Peterson's combination of a 98 mph exit velocity and a 28-degree launch angle leave the yard 34 percent of the time. In the left-field corner, they almost always become home runs. Jankowski, of course, had other ideas.
With Inciarte running in the sixth, Aybar sprinted to cover the bag. When Swanson chopped a grounder to the right of the mound, Aybar never stopped running and fielded the ball in front of the second baseman. He flipped underhand with his glove to first baseman William Myers, ahead of Swanson. But first-base ump Sam Holbrook initially ruled Swanson safe. Padres manager Andy Green challenged the call -- his third challenge in as many games -- and for the first time this weekend, the call was overturned.
Padres:Jered Weaver has faced all but two teams during his 12-year career. He has never pitched against the Angels, with whom he spent the past 11 seasons. And he has never pitched against the Braves, whom he faces in the finale of a four-game set Monday at 4:35 p.m. PT
Braves:Jaime Garcia will take the mound when Atlanta and San Diego conclude this four-game set on Monday night. Garcia will be aiming for his first win and looking to rebound after surrendering a pair of home runs to his nemesis Miami's Giancarlo Stanton his last time out.
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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for since 2001.