Two-way Teheran leads Braves past Padres

Two-way Teheran leads Braves past Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Julio Teheran kept the Padres off-balance Wednesday afternoon, as the right-hander led the Braves to a 4-2 victory, snapping Atlanta's five-game losing streak and its 12-game skid at Petco Park.

Teheran allowed a pair of solo home runs to Padres first baseman Wil Myers, but little else, as he struck out eight over eight frames and allowed five hits. He also chipped in at the plate with a pair of singles and an RBI.

Ender Inciarte finished a homer shy of the cycle and sparked a big day from the top of the Braves' order. Inciarte, Chase d'Arnaud and Freddie Freeman finished a combined 7-for-12 with two walks, three runs scored and three RBIs.

"Inciarte and d'Arnaud created a lot of havoc at the top of the lineup today, and that's what we need to get some wins," Freeman said. "What they did today translated into a win. It seemed like they were always on base, and we were able to get them in today."

Inciarte triples for third hit

Padres left-hander Drew Pomeranz labored as much as he has in any outing this season, allowing three runs on nine hits over five innings. He took the loss, as the Padres squandered another chance for a sweep. They're now 0-8 after winning the first two games of a series this season.

Green on Pomeranz and loss

"You keep putting yourself in a position to sweep -- that's a good thing," said Padres manager Andy Green. "But at some point in time, you need to get the job done."

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Left-handed starting pitchers had previously posted a 2.10 ERA against the Braves, and Pomeranz had allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of his previous 11 starts. But these trends were quickly bucked as Inciarte and d'Arnaud began their three-hit games by accounting for two of the four singles Atlanta recorded in a two-run first inning. Inciarte tripled with two outs in the sixth, and scored when d'Arnaud followed with an RBI double.

"Inciarte is really swinging that bat pretty good right now, and Chase had a couple really good at-bats," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "You love that first-and-third action when they've got that going. [Freeman] the past few days, we've seen some really good signs."

d'Arnaud's RBI double

Wil thrills: Myers' multi-homer game was his first as a Padre, and he went deep five times on the eight-game homestand. He also made a diving stop at first base to halt Atlanta's first-inning rally.

"I think he's got all the potential in the world," Green said. "I wouldn't want to put any kind of limitation on him whatsoever. To me, from an offensive standpoint, when Wil stays disciplined within his approach and fires off his A swing, he's as good as anybody in the game."

Myers launches solo shot

Eight strong: Teheran did not allow a hit through the first three innings and found fortune when Alexei Ramirez lined into a double play between a pair of fifth-inning singles. Myers' home runs served as the only costly damage incurred by the Braves right-hander, who has posted a 1.93 ERA over his past 10 starts. Five of the eight hits Teheran has surrendered over his past two starts have been solo home runs.

Teheran's RBI single

"Every time I step on the mound, I've got all my confidence and I want my team to win and to do all I can to help my team win," Teheran said after notching his second win of the season and his first road win against a National League West opponent since June 6, 2014.

Up, but not out: Melvin Upton Jr. has been arguably the Padres' most exciting player this season. He's already stolen home, thrown out six over-adventurous baserunners and hit two walk-off dingers. On Wednesday afternoon, he added a second home-run robbery to his 2016 resume. Freeman launched an 0-2 fastball from Pomeranz to left, which appeared to be ticketed for the seats. But Upton found the wall and timed his leap perfectly, keeping an Atlanta run off the scoreboard.

"I knew it was hit well," Upton said. "It was hot. I was just tracking it, found the wall. Initially, I didn't think I was going to jump, but I ended up having to jump, and I caught it."

Freeman also came inches short of hitting a home run on Tuesday night, when a replay review determined a fan didn't interfere with his eighth-inning triple.

"I asked [Upton] if it was going to be a home run, and he said, 'Yeah,'" Freeman said with a smile. "I said, 'Why didn't you just tell me it was going to be a double?'"

Upton Jr.'s impressive catch

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The Braves had scored three or fewer runs in 13 of their most recent 14 games at Petco Park. This was their first win in San Diego since Aug. 28, 2012.

WHAT'S NEXT
Braves: Atlanta will begin a three-game series against the Cubs at Turner Field on Friday at 7:35 p.m. ET. Bud Norris will attempt to build on the success he had on Saturday, when he allowed one run over five innings while making a spot start in place of the injured Mike Foltynewicz.

Padres: Following an off-day Thursday, Andrew Cashner takes the hill in Colorado, looking for his third win in as many outings against the Rockies. First pitch is set for 5:40 p.m. PT. Cashner beat the Rockies with 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball his last time out.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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