ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Another shaky start by
and more sloppy fielding turned into another loss for the
even with a triple play.
launched Hampton's second pitch of the game over the right field wall and
homered and drove in three runs to lead the
San Diego Padres
to a 7-3 victory over the Braves in the rubber game of their three-game series.
The National League Rookie of the Month in April, Greene hit his first home run of the season to ignite a three-run first inning. He had two homers in 65 at-bats last season.
Hampton (0-3) then walked
, who raced to third on a single by
grounded into a double play to score Loretta and Payton followed with his second home run of the year.
"I feel today was a good day to build on," said Payton, who added a run-scoring fielder's choice in the third inning and an RBI double in the seventh. "The first (inning) was real big."
A 14-game winner last season, Hampton yielded seven runs and 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings, marking the fourth time in six starts that he has allowed six runs or more.
"I felt the pitches I made (in the first inning) were decent," said Hampton, who has surrendered 11 of his 27 runs in the first inning. "The home run (to Greene), I felt was going to drop in. The second one (to Payton), I didn't think was gone. Since we can't do steroids anymore, I guess the creatine is really working."
The Braves also committed three errors, giving them 11 over the last four games. One of the errors was by
, who was starting at shortstop for the injured
. DeRosa tied an Atlanta club record with four errors at his regular third base position in a loss Sunday at Colorado.
(4-2) pitched six scoreless innings before giving up a two-run homer to pinch-hitter
in the seventh. It was the first career pinch-hit homer for the 45-year-old Franco and snapped a 17-inning scoreless streak for the Braves.
Lawrence entered with an 0-3 career mark against Atlanta but this lineup barely resembled the Braves, who were missing
, J.D. Drew,
and Furcal due to injuries.
"A win is a win. It doesn't matter what team it's against," Lawrence said. "It makes things more comfortable on our side when we don't have to face Chipper and don't have Furcal in the lineup."
"When they don't have their 'A' team out there, you need to take advantage of it," Payton said.
The win was the eighth in 10 games for the Padres.
The only bright spot for the Braves was a triple play they turned in the eighth. With runners at first and second,
smashed a grounder to
at third. Hessman stepped on the bag, threw to
at second, and Garcia threw to
to retire the speedy Robinson.
"I'm the Braves' lucky charm," said Robinson, who witnessed the last Braves triple play an unassisted one by Furcal on August 10, 2003 in St. Louis. "They can put me in the history books for something at least."