ATLANTA (Ticker) --
may have changed leagues, but he still knows how to throw strikes.
Wells scattered five hits in seven-plus innings, did not walk a batter and struck out six as the
San Diego Padres
The 40-year-old Wells, who signed with the Padres in the offseason after two years with the
New York Yankees
, was in such control that he did not face a single three-ball count and went to a two-ball count on only five of the 26 batters he faced.
"I was hitting my spots," said Wells, who improved to 3-0 lifetime with a 0.82 ERA against the Braves. "I just wanted to go out there and play catch with Miguel (Ojeda). All my pitches were breaking pretty good."
"He was working the ball outside," said Braves third baseman
, who struck out twice with runners in scoring position. "Nothing was over the middle of the plate ever except for his curveball. When he had to, he was able to bore his cutter in."
The Padres pushed across the only run they needed off
(2-2) in the fifth.
doubled with one out, moved to third on
's single to right field and scored on
' bloop single over the head of shortstop
"You're going to hit some balls hard right at someone," said Giles, who is batting .500 (15-for-30) during an eight-game hitting streak. "You'll take anything you can get."
"Tonight, I had to battle out of a couple of tough situations and that was encouraging as far as building confidence," said Wright. "One run, that's OK."
Wells faced his only threat in the sixth. Furcal lead off the inning with a bunt single and advanced to second after
threw the ball away at first as neither Loretta nor Wells covered the bag. Furcal moved up to third on
' sacrifice bunt.
After striking out DeRosa, Wells hit
flush on the left elbow after his cap flew off. The cap got in Wells' face, but he followed through with the pitch rather than balking in the tying run. Wells then kept his composure, striking out Andrew Jones swinging.
"I couldn't believe the hat stuck," said Wells. "I couldn't see anything. You have three options you can throw the ball down the middle, you can throw it away, you can hit them. Obviously, I didn't want to hit (Giles). I had no idea where the ball was going at all. You have to throw it, you don't want to balk and have it cost the game like that."
"He knows how to pitch," Braves catcher
said. "He keeps batters off balance. He's a good pitcher. He had our number tonight."
left the game at the end of the inning. X-rays on his left elbow were negative. He likely will miss Thursday's game and is listed as day-to-day.
"Giles is better than I thought he was going to be, Braves manager
said. "He got hit right on the bone of the elbow. I don't think he can play tomorrow. Right now nothing's broken and maybe he can play on Friday."
The Padres added an insurance run in the ninth on Loretta's sacrifice fly before
recorded the final three outs for his eighth save.