In yet another nail biter the Padres found themselves on the winning side of the ledger once the final out was made. This one had the potential of another late inning collapse, similar to Sunday's extra innings loss in Colorado.
Logan Forsythe, fresh off the DL, homered in his first at bat. The 455-footer gave the Padres an early 2-0 lead. Braves starter Julio Teheran, who had a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings in his previous start also gave up a home run to Will Venable. His three run blast in the fourth gave the Padres a then comfortable five run lead. Teheran gave up five runs over six innings and took the loss.
Padres starter Jason Marquis continued his string of solid pitching performances. He allowed just two runs on five hits in seven-plus innings of work. His eight wins are a team high.
Things got dicey for the Friars in the top of the ninth. With a five run cushion the Padres nearly let it all slip away. Evan Gattis launched a three run shot off of Tim Stauffer to cut the lead to one. The rookie power hitter is a cross between Paul Bunyan and Bob Horner. The no-doubter off of Stauffer was his 14th home run of the season and fourth as a pinch hitter. In came Dale Thayer who promptly gave up a solo blast to Jason Heyward, his second of the night. The lead was down to one, but Thayer struck out Justin Upton looking to end the game. The Padres won it 7-6. The teams resume the three game series Tuesday night at Petco Park.