Hahn, Padres defeat Braves, 5-2

Hahn, Padres defeat Braves, 5-2

July 26th, 2014 by Associated Press in Sports - Professional

San Diego Padres' Carlos Quentin is greeted by teammates after he scored against the Atlanta Braves on a sacrifice fly by Chris Nelson during their baseball game Friday, July 25, 2014, in Atlanta.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

ATLANTA - Rookie pitcher Jesse Hahn allowed only three hits in six innings to remain unbeaten on the road as the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta 5-2 on Friday night to continue their recent success against the Braves.

Hahn (6-2) allowed one run as he improved to 4-0 in four road starts.

The Padres had 13 hits -- 12 singles -- to beat Alex Wood (7-8). Tommy Medica drove in a run and had a career-high four hits, and Chris Denorfia had three hits and an RBI for San Diego.

The Padres, who were 5-1 against the Braves in 2013, have won five of their last six series against Atlanta since early in 2011.

The Braves fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place Washington in the National League East.

Wood allowed five runs, four earned. He gave up a career-high 12 hits, including three infield singles, in five innings.

The Braves scored one run in the eighth but left the bases loaded. Kevin Quackenbush gave up a two-out single to Freddie Freeman before walking Justin Upton. Joaquin Benoit walked two batters, including a bases-loaded pass to Evan Gattis, to force in a run, but Chris Johnson's fly ball to shallow center field ended the inning.

Benoit had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth to earn his second save of the season.

San Diego led 5-0 before Freeman hit a one-out triple off the wall in center field and scored on Upton's sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Wood was helped by double plays in the first and second innings as he gave up eight hits but only two runs in the first three innings.

The Padres doubled their lead with two runs in the fourth. Denorfia had a run-scoring single and scored on Yangervis Solarte's fly for a 4-0 lead.

Rene Rivera added a run-scoring single off Wood in the fifth.

Padres manager Bud Black unsuccessfully challenged a call that Medica was forced out at second base in the fifth. Johnson bobbled Jeff Francoeur's grounder to third before throwing to Tommy La Stella at second. The call stood following a review that lasted 3 minutes, 1 second.

At least one replay seemed to indicate Medica was safe. The verdict of insufficient clear and convincing evidence left Black shaking his head in the Padres' dugout.

Francoeur, who played with his hometown Braves from 2005 to 2009, received an ovation before his first at-bat. He was 0-for-3 with a walk.

The Braves' Anthony Vavaro was activated from paternity leave and fellow right-handed pitcher Gus Schlosser was optioned to Class AAA Gwinnett. Braves lefty Jonny Venters, trying to come back from his second Tommy John surgery in 2013, played catch from 100 feet and could throw in the bullpen next week.

Stadium bonds OK'd

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard II issued approval Friday afternoon for as much as $397 million in public bonds to finance a new stadium for the Braves in a northern suburb of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Leonard overruled 12 legal objections brought by residents who opposed using taxpayer-backed bonds for the stadium. His opinion said the stadium is a legitimate public expense and the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority has a legal right to issue the bonds.

The stadium has a total budget of $622 million and is projected to open in 2017.