Hedges, Solarte lead Padres' charge over Braves

Hedges, Solarte lead Padres' charge over Braves

SAN DIEGO -- Austin Hedges' RBI double in the seventh inning broke a tie, leading the Padres to a 3-2 victory and a three-game series sweep of the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park.

Hedges' hit came off Braves rookie reliever Matt Marksberry. Yangervis Solarte, who had a home run earlier in the game, later added an RBI double to finish a 3-for-3 day, falling just a triple shy of the cycle. San Diego starter Tyson Ross lowered his ERA to 3.32 by allowing one run over six innings with five strikeouts.

"[Solarte is] playing really well," interim manager Pat Murphy said. "He is coming into his own. He's starting to believe in himself and realizing that we need him."

Solarte's game-tying solo homer

Atlanta starting pitcher Julio Teheran got off to a rough start, loading the bases with one out in the first inning, but he escaped the frame unscathed. Teheran allowed one run over six innings with seven strikeouts. The Braves cut the lead to one run on Nick Markakis' double in the eighth, his third hit and second RBI of the game, but they got no closer as former Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel notched his second save of the series.

"[Teheran] gave us a good opportunity to win the game," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We haven't scored runs the past couple games, and that magnifies everything coming out of the bullpen because you have no wiggle room."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Lefty-righty split: Solarte, a switch-hitter, did some damage from both sides of the plate. Batting left-handed, he tied the game in the sixth inning with a home run to right field. Then, one inning later, he hit an RBI double from the right side of the plate. More >

Solarte's RBI double

Quick recovery: It looked like Teheran might be destined for a short day when he needed 36 pitches to complete a scoreless first inning. But he totaled 46 pitches over the next four innings and had retired nine straight batters before allowing Solarte to begin the sixth with a game-tying homer. Teheran surrendered just the one run over six innings, completing his best road start since producing these same numbers on Opening Day in Miami. He has lowered his ERA from 4.71 to 4.32 over his past four starts.

"It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and I feel really good about what I've been doing," Teheran said. "I've been battling the whole season. Right now, I feel right where I want it to be."

Teheran's strong start

Two the hard way: Markakis walked to start the sixth inning, but he was erased on a nifty 6-4-3 double play as Alexi Amarista stabbed Adonis Garcia's ground ball and flipped it to Jedd Gyorko with his glove. Gyorko barehanded the ball and threw to first base to complete the double play.

"Defense is the most underrated part of the game. Defense changes games," Murphy said. "They've really done a nice job.

Must C: Amarista's fancy flip

Another costly gamble: Even though the pitcher's spot came up in the top of the seventh, Gonzalez's decision to lift Teheran after 96 pitches proved to be questionable given the lack of depth in his bullpen. Marksberry, who began this season at the Class A Advanced level, retired just two of the six batters he faced in the seventh. The rookie has allowed a hit or issued a walk to 12 of the past 22 batters he has faced. More >

QUOTABLE
"It can't keep going like this forever. We've been up and down. We've gone through hot streaks and cold streaks." -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday in time to be part of his team's 18th loss in its past 20 road games

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The Braves have been outscored, 57-24, while losing 10 straight games at Petco Park dating back to Aug. 29, 2012. They have tallied more than three runs in just one of those 10 games.

Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning single. His streak is the longest by a Padres player since Will Venable had a 15-game hit streak in 2013. During the stretch, Kemp is hitting .338 with three home runs and 11 RBIs.

Kemp's single extends hit streak

WHAT'S NEXT
Braves: Mike Foltynewicz will take the mound when Atlanta begins a four-game series at Wrigley Field on Thursday at 8:05 p.m. ET. Foltynewicz will be facing the Cubs for the first time in his career. He resides approximately one hour outside of Chicago in Minook, Ill.

Padres: The Padres have an off-day Thursday before opening a three-game home series on Friday against the Cardinals at 7:10 p.m. PT. Andrew Cashner gets the start. He has won once since June 27.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.