Galvis' jack caps 5-run 7th as Padres top Braves

Veteran shortstop goes 5-for-5 at plate, drives in four runs

June 15th, 2018

ATLANTA -- Led by ' five-hit day, the Padres' bats came to life in Friday night's 9-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.
San Diego amassed 14 hits, including two home runs, and overcame an ejection of manager Andy Green, erasing a one-run deficit with a five-run seventh inning against the Braves' bullpen en route to the win.
The Padres' bullpen kept the Braves hitless while striking out five over the last three innings.
"I'm thrilled with what's going on right now," Green said. "I think what we are doing now is streaming better baseball together on a more consistent basis. With the bullpen we are able to run out, [it has] been really good at locking down games for us."
Galvis provided the big blow in the seventh, smacking a three-run homer as part of a 5-for-5 day.
"He just squared up baseball after baseball," Green said. "The home run was the nail in the coffin. He was huge for us. It was fun to watch him have a day like that."

Green was not around to see the final out, as he was ejected by home-plate umpire Joe West in the fourth inning, his second ejection this year and the seventh in his career.

While trailing by a run entering the seventh, the Padres got the spark they needed when drove in two runs with a ground ball up the middle with two outs. Following a walk to , Galvis then gave the Padres a cushion with his homer to center. Galvis added an RBI single in the top of the ninth to give him a four-RBI day.

"[The Braves have] a really good lineup, but that was really, for lack of a better word, a cool win," starting pitcher said. "[It was] a team win the way we did it."
The Padres took the lead in their first at-bat with a two-run home run from , his first long ball of the year.

Richard then allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the second inning before an RBI single from brought in two runs for the Braves, tying the game.

The Braves took the lead, 3-2, in the bottom of the fifth when Freddie Freeman drilled a two-seam fastball to the opposite field for his 15th home run. But the Padres were far from defeated, using a fighting mentality to ultimately win the game.

"I gave up a home run to Freeman that could have ended the game if a team gives in at that point," Richard said. "But the guys did not."
Along with setting a career high, Galvis' effort was the first time a Padres player had accumulated five hits since June 2, 2016, when went 5-for-6 against the Mariners. This is also the second time a player of any team has compiled five hits at SunTrust Park. Inciarte is the only other player to have registered five hits at the stadium, doing so on May 22, 2017.
Richard and the Padres' defense kept the Braves from taking the lead in the bottom of the third, cutting down both Dansby Swanson and Freeman attempting to score the go-ahead run from third. In back-to-back plays, elected to forgo the out at first when a ground ball was hit to him, opting instead to track the runner advancing home. Both times, the Braves' runners were out, Swanson after a rundown and Freeman on a close play at the plate that was reviewed and overturned.

"[Hosmer] made some good plays over there. You look at just being able to pick that ball and making a throw to the plate to get Freddie is pretty good on his part," Swanson said. "It was a good scoring opportunity. They negated that by playing good defense. Sometimes that's the way this game goes."
Another replay review went the Padres' way in the ninth. With a comfortable 7-3 lead, the Padres had runners at first and third with one out. Padres reliever got an at-bat, and hit a sharp ground ball to Swanson, who went for the double play. However, it was ruled that Swanson missed the bag at second, which allowed the runner on third to score. After a review, the call stood.

"We were in trouble. We weren't playing clean baseball, and 'Hos' makes two amazing plays at first base. Those are situations where I, as a manager, concede a run, but you have players who are athletically gifted enough to make an unbelievable play." -- Green, on Hosmer's defensive plays in the third

will be in search of redemption Saturday when the Padres take on the Braves at SunTrust Park at 2:10 p.m. PT for Game 3 of a four-game set in Atlanta. The Padres' right-hander had his worst start of the season vs. the Braves at Petco Park on June 5, allowing eight runs (all earned) on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Lefty , who fired six scoreless innings in that same game, will get the start for Atlanta.