SAN DIEGO -- Derek Norris' home run in the bottom of the ninth kept the Padres alive, and paved the way for a Wil Myers walk-off single to left, giving San Diego a 4-3 win and extending the Braves losing streak at Petco Park to 12 games."That's a huge swing
SAN DIEGO -- Derek Norris' home run in the bottom of the ninth kept the Padres alive, and paved the way for a Wil Myers walk-off single to left, giving San Diego a 4-3 win and extending the Braves losing streak at Petco Park to 12 games.
"That's a huge swing for us to tie that game up," said Padres manager Andy Green about Norris' seventh homer of the season. "So that's a fun way to end a baseball game."
Atlanta looked poised to snap its losing streak before closer Arodys Vizcaino gave up just his second home run of the season on a 97-mph fastball to the red-hot Norris, who now has 10 hits already this month. Vizcaino had been successful with six of his previous seven save opportunities this year and he had allowed just two homers over the previous 57 1/3 innings he'd worked since he returned from a drug suspension last year.
"I'm really not looking too much into it," Vizcaino said. "My fastball wasn't working the way I wanted and my secondary pitches weren't either. It was just one of those bad days and it happens to everybody. I'm just going to take it and move on."
Padres starter Colin Rea worked through seven full innings, helping provide some relief for a bullpen that has been taxed recently. The 25-year-old righty kept his team in the game by surrendering just three runs on six hits while striking out five.
"It's really helpful for us," Green said. "And he was strong all the way through seven today. I actually think he got better as the game wore on."
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'D-No' goes deep: Norris' home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning sparked the Padres comeback victory. After Norris' blast, Alexei Ramirez singled, stole second base and advanced to third before scoring on Myers' walkoff single to left.
"Obviously I wasn't trying to hit it out of the ballpark," Norris said, "just trying to get a nice line drive, get on base and try and spark something. Fortunately I just got a pitch a little elevated and caught it pretty good." More >
Near homer: Nick Markakis delivered an RBI double in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly in a two-run fifth that gave the Braves a 3-2 lead. But Atlanta was inches away from enhancing that lead in the eighth inning when Freddie Freeman's triple bounced off the top of the left-center field wall and came back into play. Through a boundary review that lasted 55 seconds, umpires determined that contact with a fan's glove did not cause the ball to come back into play. More >
A bit too aggressive: Before the game, Green talked about how he wanted Rea to be aggressive attacking the strike zone. He never said anything about being aggressive on the bases. That's what happened in the second inning though, when third base coach Glenn Hoffman sent Rea home on a single to Atlanta left fielder Mallex Smith, who promptly threw him out with room to spare.
"I didn't really know," Rea said when asked if he thought he would beat the throw. "I'm not very fast. I knew the throw was probably going to beat me. But with two outs there, you gotta take a chance."
Markakis' save: Atlanta pitcher Aaron Blair was fortunate to surrender just one run while retiring just five of the 11 batters he faced in the first two innings. He exited in the fifth inning with bases loaded and immediately breathed a sigh of relief when Markakis showed great concentration as he caught Melvin Upton's sacrifice fly while running into the right field wall. Former Padre Casey Kelly, Chris Withrow and Jim Johnson combined to work 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief before Vizcaino experienced one of his worst outings dating back to last season.
"The bullpen was just outstanding," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It would have been nice if we could have added some add-on runs and maybe we did. The guys did a great job. We did a lot of things really good and right, except win the game."
The Braves scored more runs (3) through the first three innings Tuesday than they totaled over the entirety of nine of their most recent 13 games at Petco Park.
Braves: Julio Teheran will take the mound when these two teams conclude this three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Teheran has posted a 1.89 ERA over his past nine starts, but he has not won any of his past six road starts against National League West teams.
Padres:Drew Pomeranz takes the ball for the Padres in Wednesday's finale against Atlanta. Pomeranz has posted a 2.22 ERA this season and has allowed zero runs in four of his last six starts. Opponents are batting an MLB-worst .160 against him. First pitch is at 12:40 p.m. PT.
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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.
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