Padres rally in eighth for fifth straight win
SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- For the second straight day, the
San Diego Padres
found a way late in the game to keep their winning streak intact.
had two hits apiece, including one each in a three-run eighth inning, as the Padres won their fifth straight game, a 5-3 victory over the
On Sunday, San Diego scored 10 runs in the seventh en route to a 12-4 triumph over the
. The Padres have outscored their opponents 83-27 after the seventh inning this season.
"That's another good comeback for us," said Padres manager
, whose team has won seven straight home games and 14 of 16 overall. "We're playing good baseball right now. We're coming from behind, doing the little things. It's nice to see that brand of baseball."
"Right now, the way things are going for us, we feel like we can come back from a deficit late in the game," Giles said. "That's what happens when you're playing well."
Trailing 3-2 in the eighth inning of this one, the Padres rallied against reliever
(1-2), who took the loss for the second time in three outings.
"I've got to make better pitches, that's the bottom line," said Reitsma, who allowed a grand slam to Los Angeles'
in the eighth inning of a 7-4 setback Friday. "That pretty much sums it up for us. If I can make better pitches, we're out of that (inning). I'll take full responsibility."
Giles and Nevin had consecutive singles to open the frame and Hernandez followed with a base hit to left to even the score at 3-3.
delivered a bunt single to load the bases and pinch hitter
lifted a sacrifice fly to left to give San Diego the lead.
Sweeney is batting .391 (9-for-23) as a pinch hitter this season with a homer and four RBI.
"Everyone is contributing, that's what we're leaning on," Sweeney said. "I feel good that I'm putting my piece in. We have some weapons on the bench, and understand we can go to them. It's a luxury for our team."
"(Sweeney's) just been coming through big time for us," Bochy said.
added an RBI single against reliever
to push the advantage to 5-3 and
retired the side in order in the ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances, including eight this month.
Reitsma was the third reliever used by Atlanta after starter
was forced to leave with one out in the fifth with a strained flexor tendon in his right hand.
"It popped," Thomson said, referring to his knuckle. "It's just one of those things, I don't know what happened. It was a freak accident."
Thomson will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
"It kind of worries me," Braves manager
said. "I don't see him starting his next start. We've been (using) the bullpen a lot."
Making his first home start, San Diego rookie
retired the first two batters he faced before issuing a pair of walks around a single by
followed with a double to left field to give the Braves a 2-0 lead in the first.
Stauffer, who also gave up two runs in the opening frame of his first career start Wednesday, settled down thereafter, holding Atlanta to three runs and seven hits in seven innings, striking out six.
"I think I've just got a little too much energy (in the first inning)," said Stauffer, San Diego's first-round pick in the 2003 draft. "I've just got to channel it and save it for later. I've just got to bear down."
"(Stauffer) gave us a great effort," Bochy said. "He didn't lose his composure, he kept it close. He's a big reason why we won that ballgame."
(1-1) pitched a perfect eighth for the win.
LaRoche had three hits for the Braves, who have lost three of their last five games.