Whatever Melvin Upton, Junior ate before Tuesday’s game he should probably put on the menu every night.
The artist formerly known as B.J. single-handedly crushed the Braves’ spirits with a pair of towering home runs against his former club, to help San Diego pummel Atlanta 9-0.
Padres pitcher James Shields also kept the visitors at bay with 7 strikeouts over 6 shutout innings to earn his first victory in over a month thanks to another offensive outburst by the Friars.
Yangervis Solarte smacked a 3-run bomb in the 6th a few batters after Upton’s first homer of the game. Upton then went yard again in the 7th and Derek Norris was along for the ride.
The Padres have now beaten Atlanta 9 straight times at Petco Park. San Diego improves to 6-2 in its last 8 contests and looks for the sweep Wednesday afternoon before getting Thursday off.