published Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Medica has 5 hits, 2 homers in Padres' 10-1 win

San Diego Padres Tommy Medica, right, celebrates with teammate Chris Nelson after Medica's two-run home run during their Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in San Diego.
San Diego Padres Tommy Medica, right, celebrates with teammate Chris Nelson after Medica's two-run home run during their Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in San Diego.
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SAN DIEGO — Rookie Tommy Medica had a career-high five hits, including two two-run home runs, and left-hander Eric Stults and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 10-1 on Friday night.

Medica's previous career-high was four hits a week earlier at Atlanta. This was his first four-RBI game and he scored a career-high four runs. He made his big league debut in September and is in his third stint with the Padres this season.

Everth Cabrera had four hits for the Padres, who had a season-high 20.

The Braves, who lost their fourth straight game, have been held to 10 runs total in their last five games.

Medica's second shot, on a 1-0 pitch from Mike Minor with one out in the third, went an estimated 438 feet into the second deck in left field and gave San Diego a 5-0 lead. His first homer, also to left, was on a 1-1 pitch with two outs in the first. He has six this season. Medica singled in the fifth.

Medica's first big league hit was a homer off Cliff Lee in the second at-bat of his debut on Sept. 10.

Stults (4-13) won for just the second time in his last 11 starts. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth, when a two-base error by right fielder Jeff Francoeur on B.J. Upton's fly ball to the warning track led to an unearned run. Chris Johnson hit an RBI single with two outs.

Cabrera scored twice and drove in a run. He was aboard for Medica's first homer. Jedd Gyorko, who continues to hit well after his return from a 44-game stay on the disabled list, was aboard for Medica's second shot after hitting an RBI double in the third inning.

Gyorko is 8 for 19 with two doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and four runs scored in his five games back.

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