ATLANTA -- Along with distancing himself from the nagging ailments that hampered him over the past two months, Julio Teheran fueled the five-run third inning that soured Edwin Jackson's homecoming and propelled the Braves to a 7-3 win over the Padres on Tuesday night at Turner Field.
Teheran scattered six hits, surrendered two runs and notched eight strikeouts over seven innings en route to his first home win of the season. The All-Star hurler aided his best start in more than a month by opening the five-run third with a double -- one of the six hits Jackson surrendered in the inning. Dansby Swanson chased the Padres' veteran with a single that accounted for the first of his three RBIs.
Oswaldo Arcía who has played for three other Major League teams this year produced his first home run as a Padre when he hit a two-run shot off Teheran with two outs in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, second baseman Ryan Schimpf continued his barrage of extra-base hits, launching a one-out triple in the ninth. He has recorded 46 hits this season -- only 12 for singles.
But Jackson, an Atlanta native who pitched for the Braves last year, allowed five earned runs and seven hits over 2 2/3 innings -- his shortest start of the season. It marked Jackson's third straight rocky outing in which he simply couldn't command his fastball.
"When you're not executing, and you're behind in the count, it's pretty much a combination for devastation as a pitcher," Jackson said." ... Confidence hasn't gone anywhere, belief hasn't gone anywhere, it's just a matter of going out and executing."
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Rookie support: Teheran entered the game with a Major League-low average run support of 2.9 runs per game, but Swanson did his part to increase this figure as he notched the last of the four RBI singles Atlanta recorded in the third inning and also provided some insurance with a two-run double in the fifth inning. The highly-regarded shortstop entered Tuesday with just one RBI through his first 39 career plate appearances.
"He just continues to impress me with the way he goes about it," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "The kid is confident in his abilities. He's a real heady kid. He processes things when he is told."
Wizard of Os: Arcia's towering fourth-inning blast was his seventh of the year, as he capitalized on a grooved 1-1 fastball from Teheran. At 40 degrees, Arcia's blast had the fourth highest launch angle on a Padres home run this season. Only Alex Dickerson and Schimpf (twice) were higher.
"At first, I didn't think it was out," Arcia said through an interpreter. "I just thought it was a fly ball, because I didn't really hit it like I should've. … It definitely feels good, especially being at the plate there and being able to help the team in whatever I can -- whatever situation, whatever moment." More >
Return to form: As Teheran struck out two of the first three batters faced and limited his damage to Arcia's home run, he provided further indication he was just shaking off rust in the two previous starts made since returning from the disabled list with a right lat strain. His fastball sat between 92-94 mph and he seemed to regain a feel for his slider as he notched his highest strikeout total (8) since June 14.
"His velocity is creeping back up," Snitker said. "He looks like his old self after coming off the DL. It was really nice tonight." More >
Unhappy returns: In his first game back at Turner Field, former Brave Christian Bethancourt exited Tuesday's game early after he strained his left intercostal muscle in the top of the fourth. If Bethancourt's injury requires a disabled list stint, it's likely the Padres would call upon Héctor Sánchez from Triple-A, instead of their catcher of the future, Austin Hedges. They've spoken repeatedly about getting their top youngsters experience in the Pacific Coast League playoffs, and if Hedges remains at Triple-A until Sept. 15, the Padres would gain an extra year of team control.
"He's not feeling that great right now, so we're going to talk internally and see if we need to do anything as far as maybe calling someone up or if it's a DL situation," Padres manager Andy Green said of Bethancourt. "We're just going to check him out a little bit more, but he was not able to go any longer in the game because of that."
"In general, a lot of non-competitive at-bats for us, kind of across the board. I thought there were some at-bats that just lacked fight." -- Green, on the Padres' offensive struggles
"I feel great. It sounds weird to say I have my first win at home almost at the end of August. It is what it is, and I'm glad I got it today. I pitched a great game, and I'm glad I finally have it." -- Teheran, on getting his first home win of 2016
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The five runs Teheran received in the the third inning trumped the run support total he had been given in 22 of the previous 23 starts made this season. He had received his previous season-high run support total (6) as he tossed a one-hit shutout against the Mets on June 19.
Padres:Paul Clemens takes the ball Wednesday in Game 2 of the three-game series. First pitch is slated for 4:10 p.m. PT. Clemens' curveball has been devastating at times this season, and opponents are hitting only .135 against it. But he's struggled early in games and has spoken about ramping up his pregame throwing sessions to simulate early-game situations.
Braves:Matt Wisler will oppose his former organization when Atlanta resumes this three-game series on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Wisler was acquired in the multi-player trade that sent Justin Upton to San Diego before the 2015 season The young hurler returned to the Majors last week and flirted with a no-hitter while completing eight strong innings in Arizona.
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