Santana, Gattis lead Braves to 2-0 win over Padres

Santana, Gattis lead Braves to 2-0 win over Padres

July 28th, 2014 by Associated Press in Sports - Professional

Atlanta Braves' Evan Gattis, center, is congratulated by teammate Freddie Freeman after his solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, July 28, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

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ATLANTA - Ervin Santana threw eight scoreless innings, Evan Gattis homered for the first time in more than a month and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Monday.

Santana (10-6) allowed just five hits and matched his career high with 11 strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save.

Gattis led off the seventh with a drive into the left-field seats off Jason Lane (0-1), a 37-year-old former outfielder making his first big league start as a pitcher.

Called up from Triple-A to fill in for ailing Ian Kennedy, Lane shut down the Braves through six innings. But when the left-hander hung an 0-1 breaking pitch, Gattis hit his 17th homer of the season and first since June 18, before he went on the disabled list for nearly three weeks with a bulging disk in his back.

Gattis drove in Atlanta's other run, as well, with a two-out single off Dale Thayer in the eighth.

Lane was a journeyman outfielder with Houston and the Padres from 2002-07. He became a full-time pitcher before the 2012 season, looking to get back to the big leagues in a different position. He threw 4 1-3 scoreless innings for San Field in two June relief appearances, and extended his scoreless streak to 10 1-3 innings before Gattis' long ball.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: OF Carlos Quentin went on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left knee. INF Jedd Gyorko was activated from the DL after six rehab games at Triple-A El Paso. He had been out since June 4 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Kennedy missed his scheduled start because of a left oblique strain.

Braves: RF Jason Heyward left the game after the third inning with lower back soreness. He was replaced by Ryan Doumit and listed as day to day.

ON DECK

Padres: Tyson Ross (9-10) pitches for San Diego on Tuesday when they open a three-game series at home against Lance Lynn (11-7) and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Braves: Atlanta heads to Los Angeles to begin an eight-game road trip on the West Coast, including stops in San Diego and Seattle. Aaron Harang (9-6) pitches the opener of the three-game series against the Dodgers on Tuesday, facing Josh Beckett (6-5).