Recap San Diego at Atlanta
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Kemp smacked a go-ahead RBI double in a two-run top of the 11th inning and the San Diego Padres defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-3 in the opener of a four-game set.
Justin Upton walked against Cody Martin (2-3) to lead off the 11th, stole second and scored when Kemp ripped his double to the wall in left. Kemp swiped third and crossed the plate on Alexi Amarista's two-bagger to center for a 5-3 Padres margin.
Craig Kimbrel blanked his former team in the home half to notch his 14th save of the season.
"When you change teams, there's a little different feeling that first time back when you're facing your ex-teammates," Padres manager Bud Black said. "You want to play well."
Cory Spangenberg drove in two runs for the Padres, who have won five of their last six games. Brandon Mauer (3-0) fired a scoreless 10th to earn the win.
Cameron Maybin and Freddie Freeman both posted two hits with an RBI and a run scored for Atlanta, which has dropped five of its last six contests.
"We have to just keep battling, keep our heads up," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Starter Shelby Miller surrendered a run on five hits and a walk over seven solid innings.
The Padres led 1-0 on Spangenberg's RBI double in the second before the Braves pushed across three runs in the third to go ahead.
Jace Peterson hit a one-out single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Maybin brought him home with a base hit to right-center. Maybin stole second and scored on Freeman's single to left-center. Nick Markakis' double to right plated Freeman for a 3-1 Atlanta margin.
San Diego got a run closer in the eighth and tied it in the ninth.
Will Venable belted a leadoff double into the gap in right-center in the eighth, advanced to third on Derek Norris' flyout and scored on Upton's groundout.
Yonder Alonso began the ninth with a ground-rule double down the right-field line and after Will Middlebrooks struck out, pinch-runner Melvin Upton Jr. scampered to third on Jason Grilli's pickoff attempt error to second. Spangenberg lifted a sacrifice fly to left to bring home the tying run.