Padres outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. hadn't hit multiple home runs in a single game since June 15th, 2013, as a member of the Braves' organization -- that is, until Tuesday night, when he played against Atlanta at Petco Park. Thanks to Upton Jr.'s two home runs and a lights-out performance from starter James Shields, the Padres cruised to a 9-0 win over the Braves and secured their third straight series victory. With Tuesday's win, the Padres have a 6-2 record (.750) in their last eight games.
Shields, who was looking for his elusive ninth win of the season, had not won a decision since July 17. He threw six innings of scoreless baseball after surrendering only five hits, and he struck out seven.
Upton Jr. went 3-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and five RBIs. He was joined by Matt Kemp, Cory Spangenberg, Derek Norris and Alexi Amarista as Padres who enjoyed a multihit performance. Kemp was able to extend his current hitting streak to 11 games, while Norris increased his hitting streak to seven games.
Tuesday wasn't without at least one oddity. The umpiring crew lost count of how many balls Shields had in an at-bat in the second inning -- most likely due to some confusion that followed a Matt Wisler balk during Shields' plate appearance -- and as such, the crew took a three-minute-plus review to confirm that Shields had a full count.
In case you missed it, here's a look at some highlights and stories you may not have seen from Tuesday.