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Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 2:55 AM EDT
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SAN DIEGO 11, ATLANTA 6
 

SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- The San Diego Padres proved former teammate Jaret Wright is not invincible.

Ramon Hernandez had three hits and three RBI and Mark Loretta and Phil Nevin drove in two runs apiece as the Padres chased Wright early in an 11-6 triumph over the Atlanta Braves .

Unbeaten since May 22, Wright entered with a nine-game winning streak, including a string of eight straight starts allowing two runs or fewer. But in this one, he could not prevent the Padres from winning for the fifth time in seven games.

Wright (11-6) retired just two batters while allowing five runs and three hits. The righthander, who pitched in 39 games for San Diego last season before being claimed off waivers by the Braves, walked five and struck out one.

"I thought warming up before the game that I had the stuff to compete tonight," Wright said. "I was very relaxed. There wasn't too much adrenaline or anything, I just didn't do my job."

"Jaret had problems locating the strike zone early on, and we capitalized on it," said San Diego's Brian Giles , who went 3-for-3.

Phil Nevin started the onslaught with an RBI double and Sean Burroughs drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0. After rookie Khalil Greene struck out, Hernandez stroked a two-run single to double San Diego's lead.

After Wright walked Padres starter Jake Peavy to again load the bases, Freddy Guzman - who was making his major league debut - drew a walk to force in another run and coax Atlanta manager Bobby Cox to go to his bullpen.

"It was tough on Jaret tonight," Cox said. "He just couldn't get any calls at all, none. There were a couple of really close pitches in that inning, but he didn't get them."

Giles and Nevin opened the second with San Diego's first back-to-back homers of the season and Hernandez added a run-scoring single later in the inning for an 8-0 cushion. Former Brave Ryan Klesko drove in a run with a groundout in the thrid and Loretta capped the scoring for the Padres with a two-run double in the fourth.

"We swung it well tonight," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "Against this Braves team, that's what you want to do because they're so dangerous."

Giles, who went 2-for-30 on the Padres' recent road trip, is 5-for-7 in the first two games of their current homestand.

"I'm just trying to make a few adjustments," he said. "There's no secret that offensively, if I go out there and do what I'm capable of doing, it takes a lot of pressure off the other guys in the lineup. I'm trying to get hot and finish the season strong."

Peavy (9-3) won his fourth straight decision, limiting Atlanta to one run and two hits in seven innings. The righthander, who evened his lifetime mark against the Braves at 1-1, struck out nine without a walk.

"This has turned into a nice place to pitch lately," said Peavy, who received 13 runs of support in his last start at PETCO Park. "It's just so easy to do my job when the boys swing the bats like that."

"You have a young guy like this, and he's just going to get better," Bochy said. "He's a great competitor to start, but he also has great stuff. He's having a nice year."

Chipper Jones , who hit his 300th career homer Monday, hit a solo shot in the fourth. Jones has six hits - all homers - in his last five games.

The Braves made the game respectable in the eighth as Marcus Giles sandwiched a two-run double between an RBI two-base hit by Rafael Furcal and a run-scoring single by Mark DeRosa . Rookie Adam LaRoche added a solo homer, his eighth, in the ninth inning.


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