published Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

San Diego Padres beat Atlanta Braves for second straight game

San Diego Padres' Chase Headley is congratulated at the dugout after his solo home run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego.
San Diego Padres' Chase Headley is congratulated at the dugout after his solo home run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

SAN DIEGO — Andrew Cashner outdueled Tim Hudson, Chase Headley homered and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves for the second straight game, 3-2 Tuesday night.

Cashner (5-3) pitched a career high eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out five and walking one. It marked the seventh straight time that he has pitched six-plus innings. At one point Cashner retired 10 straight batters after giving up one run and three hits in the first inning.

Joe Thatcher struck out Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann to start the ninth and Luke Gregerson came on to strike out Dan Uggla for his third save in five opportunities.

Hudson (4-6) pitched 7 1-3 innings for the Braves allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out seven and walked one. He is 0-5 in his last seven starts, the second longest winless streak in his career. It was also his first loss to the Padres after going 6-0 in 13 previous appearances and 12 starts.

The Padres have won five of seven, while the Braves have lost four of six.

Andrelton Simmons led off the game with a single to center, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Freeman’s single to center.

Headley tied the game in the bottom of the first with his sixth homer of the season, a two-out blast over the right-field wall off Hudson. It was his first homer since May 29, a span of 51 at-bats.

Nick Hundley put the Padres ahead, 2-1, in the second inning with a bloop double down the left field line that scored Kyle Blanks, who had walked.

Carlos Quentin produced the third Padres run in the third with an RBI single to left that scored Everth Cabrera, who had doubled to right leading off the inning.

The Braves closed within a run in the sixth when Jason Heyward and Justin Upton had back-to-back singles to open the inning. Freeman then hit into a double play with Heyward scoring.

Hudson had retired 13 batters in a row until Jesus Guzman beat out an infield single to third leading off the eighth.

Guzman moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cabrera. Luis Avian came on to relieve Hudson and got a second out but walked Headley. Anthony Varvaro came on in relief and walked Quentin loading the bases, but struck out Blanks to end the threat.

NOTES: Padres closer Houston Street, who has been in the DL since May 30 with a strained left calf, will pitch at Single-A Lake Elsinore Wednesday. Padres manager Bud Black said the Street would pitch an inning and around 15 pitches. ... Padres CF Cameron Maybin, who injured the front part of his right knee Monday night, was not in the starting lineup Tuesday, but was available to pinch hit and play the field later in the game. ... Braves third baseman Ramiro Pena, who missed Monday’s game with a sore shoulder, was back in the starting lineup Tuesday. ... Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was still marveling at catcher Evan Gattis’ pinch-hit home run Monday. He noted that in a TV replay they said that “the ball was hit so hard that the resin of the ball puffed up.” He (Gattis) has a following like (Yasil) Puig, but he’s had it much longer than Puig, who’s had it for a week.” Gonzalez said that Gattis would be in the starting lineup Wednesday, a day game after a night game. ... Braves RHP Paul Maholm (7-4, 3.46) will oppose Padres RHP Edison Volquez (4-5, 6.33) in the final game of the series.

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