Atlanta's 9th-inning Rally Not Enough To Top Padres

Denis Poroy

Three home runs in the final two innings were not enough for the Braves to overcome an early deficit.

The Braves trailed from the start of the game, but battled back in the ninth only to fall short by a final score of 7-6 to the Padres.

Julio Teheran wouldn't flirt with a no-hitter this time around. Alexi Amarista tripled with one out in the first and scored on Chase Headley's groundout. In the second inning, Teheran served up a home run to Logan Forsythe, filling in for the injured Jedd Gyorko, to fall behind 2-0. Teheran would be victimized again in the fourth, this time by Braves nemesis Will Venable, on a three-run homer to make the score 5-0.

Atlanta's offense, meanwhile, was having quite some trouble against Jason Marquis. The former Braves pitcher walked four in 7.2 innings, but only gave up only two runs: in the fifth inning on Teheran's RBI groundout and a home run in the eighth by Jason Heyward.

Cory Gearrin relieved Teheran for the seventh and ran into immediate trouble. A double for Venable and a walk to Forsythe to start the inning led to two more San Diego runs: Venable scored on Yasmani Grandal's single to center and Forsythe scored on a double play. These two runs would later prove to be very crucial.

San Diego led 7-2 into the ninth, but singles by Dan Uggla and Chris Johnson to start the ninth set the stage for yet another pinch-hit home run for Evan Gattis, cutting the lead to 7-5. One out later, Jason Heyward hit his second homer of the game, but Justin Upton struck out looking to end it.

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