Greene homers twice as Padres win seventh straight
SAN DIEGO (Ticker) --
San Diego Padres
achieve something they had not done in nearly 14 years.
Greene had a pair of three-run homers and Eaton worked into the seventh inning as the Padres won their seventh straight game and completed a three-game sweep of the
with an 8-4 triumph.
The 25-year-old Greene was homerless with just eight RBI in 60 at-bats this season. However, the second-year shortstop needed only two at-bats to post his third career multi-homer game and set a career high in RBI.
"It felt good to be productive, especially to come up in RBI situations and convert," Greene said. "It was also nice to get ahead early and let the pitchers do what they have to do.
"It is really a rhythmic thing for me, especially getting one early, you know you have had a good day already right out of the gate," Greene said. "I think we are really starting to play to (Petco Park). You can't slug it out. You have to pitch here and not count on getting home runs."
Greene opened the scoring with a three-run blast in the second against Braves starter
(2-3). He added another three-run shot the following frame to give the Padres a 7-0 advantage, more than enough for their red-hot starter.
Eaton (6-1) extended his winning streak to a career-high five games, yielding two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old righthander struck out five, throwing 70 of 107 pitches for strikes.
"It is nice to see the win column for the team (reflected) in my starts," Eaton said. "Anytime you get runs early, it makes my job a lot easier. All I need to do is go out there and throw strikes."
"Eaton pitched well today," Padres manager
said. "He takes the mound now expecting to win, that is a big difference from last year. It has been a great ride. These guys are fun to watch. But we need to keep grinding."
added two hits and an RBI apiece for the Padres, who completed a sweep of the Braves for the first time since May 27-29, 1991.
"We are excited about the two sweeps (in a row), no doubt about it," Nevin said. "But just like we did not want to get too low early in the season, you don't want to get too high now."
surrendered two runs in the ninth, closer
came on to record the final two outs for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Two routine popups proved vital leading up to Greene's first homer. With
on first and one out,
hit a popup that his brother, second baseman
, lost in the sun. Two batters later, Hernandez skied one to first baseman
, who also lost the ball in the sun, scoring Jackson and setting the stage for Greene's homer.
"We just missed two balls in the sun," Braves manager
said. "It doesn't matter whether you are wearing sunglasses or not, if it is hit right into the sun, you don't have a chance."
Ramirez surrendered seven runs and eight hits in four innings.
homered for the sixth time in seven games for the Braves, who were swept for the first time since the opening series of the 2003 season.