Friedrich, Solarte carry Padres past Braves

Friedrich, Solarte carry Padres past Braves

SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte launched a three-run moonshot to the right-field seats in the third inning, while Padres starting pitcher Christian Friedrich made sure Petco Park remained a house of horrors for the Braves.

"He's got life. He's just got a lot of energy in the lineup," said Padres manager Andy Green of Solarte. "You see the passion out on the baseball field, he loves playing baseball. I think it's infectious in that way, and he's swinging the bat really well. The home run was big."

Friedrich tossed 6 2/3 sharp innings, allowing just two runs on six hits, while striking out seven, as the Padres beat Atlanta at home for the 11th straight time, 7-2. San Diego's winning streak vs. the Braves -- which dates back to Aug. 28, 2012 -- is its longest against a single opponent in Petco Park history.

"[I'm] grateful for every opportunity, every start," said Friedrich, who has filled in brilliantly in a banged up Padres rotation. "It's a blessing that I came over here. They put me back together when I was a little banged up and I couldn't be happier starting again."

Friedrich strikes out seven

Atlanta starter Williams Perez made an abrupt exit due to right triceps soreness in the bottom of the fifth inning, after allowing an RBI double to Matt Kemp -- Kemp's second RBI of the night. Perez allowed six earned runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 frames. More >

Chase d'Arnaud went 3-for-5 for Atlanta with a seventh-inning RBI single ahead of Freddie Freeman. But Carlos Villanueva would whiff Freeman, leaving the tying run in the on-deck circle.

d'Arnaud's RBI single

"I remember when I was here [as third base coach] a few years ago, we had a hard time in this ballpark and we had good teams," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "We were doing good and fighting for the division and then we'd come in here and for some reason, it was a tough place for us to play." More >


Too high! Too high!: Solarte's third-inning homer had a launch angle of 35 degrees, according to Statcast™ -- the third highest launch angle on a Padres homer this season, trailing only a pair of Kemp dingers. He would later add a single, giving him six multi-hit contests in his last 11 games. "He was swinging the bat well for us when he got hurt," Green said. "It was a big loss for us when he went down. He's a left-handed bat in the middle of the order we really rely on." More >

Unholy roller: After surrendering Jon Jay's leadoff double that led to a first inning run, Perez retired eight of the next nine batters he faced. But his good fortune evaporated in the third inning when Wil Myers' swinging bunt hugged the infield grass and remained fair, resulting in a two-out infield single. Kemp followed with a single to set the stage for Solarte to drill his decisive shot on a hanging curveball.

"The three-run homer just wasn't a very good pitch," Snitker said. "It didn't break well and didn't have a lot of teeth in it. It just kind of stayed right there for him to hit."

Double the fun: Jay roped a leadoff double to right-center field and came around to score on Kemp's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning. Jay leads the National League with 19 doubles this season -- including seven in his last 11 games.

"Those first four guys are going to make us go when they're swinging it well," Green said. "...I think our lineup is lengthening out right now, and we're getting good swings up and down the lineup."

Jay lines a double into the gap

Free whiffs: Freeman vomited six times on Monday and he certainly did not look good while enduring his third three-strikeout game of the season. Freeman struck out with two on and no outs in the first inning and then stranded two more runners in the seventh with his third strikeout. The first baseman has hit .122 (6-for-49) with runners in scoring position.

"That's me. I don't want to come here, stay here, be quiet. I don't like that. I want to talk to everybody, bring everybody together. That's the most important thing for me. If you play happy, everything is happy," -- Solarte said.

Chipper Jones recorded a RBI double and the Padres used Mark Kotsay as a pinch hitter during the Braves' most recent win in San Diego -- a 2-0 victory recorded on Aug. 28, 2012. .

Braves: Aaron Blair will attempt to get back on track when this series resumes on Tuesday at 10:10 p.m. ET. Blair worked four scoreless innings before surrendering three two-run homers in the fifth inning of Thursday's loss to the Giants. .

Padres: Colin Rea takes the hill for the Padres Tuesday evening with first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m. PT. Rea was relatively sharp in his last time out, but was roughed up in the sixth inning. He hasn't made it through six in a start since May 5.

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