Padres pound out 20 hits to clinch season series vs. Braves
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
Chan Ho Park
did not have a strong outing for the
San Diego Padres
was even worse for the
Hampton lasted just 3 1/3 innings as
collected four hits and
and pinch hitter
belted three-run homers to lead the Padres to a 12-7 triumph over the Braves.
Activated from his third stint on the disabled list on Sunday, Hampton (5-3) was reached for three runs in five innings against Arizona but escaped with the victory. The lefthander was not as fortunate in this one as San Diego broke open the game with six runs in the fourth inning.
Trailing, 3-2, after
's three-run double in the second, the Padres got consecutive RBI singles from former Brave
and Giles to take a 5-3 lead.
replaced Hampton and was greeted with a three-run blast by Randa, giving San Diego a five-run bulge.
"It's been a long time coming," said Randa, who last homered on July 22 - one day before being acquired by the Padres from Cincinati. "I said when I came over here that I'm not a home-run hitter. But I felt like I had some good opportunities and came up with nothing. That definitely got me started in the right direction."
Loretta added a run-scoring single in the fifth to make it 9-3 before the Braves mounted a comeback. Rookie
plated a run in the sixth with a double and, two batters later, pinch hitter
delivered a two-run base hit.
, who went 4-for-5, drew Atlanta within 9-7 with an RBI single in the seventh. But
, who began the season as the Braves' closer, served up a three-run blast by Sweeney in the eighth.
"It was a fastball, down and in," Sweeney said. "I was trying to get a ball in the outfield to score a run. I'm just glad I got it in the outfield."
Park (2-1) picked up the win despite yielding five runs, six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. The Korean righthander, who has allowed fewer than five runs in just one of four starts since being acquired from Texas at the July 31 trade deadline, struck out four.
Park, who drove in the game's first run with a single in the second, got into trouble in the bottom of the inning by hitting Hampton with a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Furcal followed with a double to put Atlanta ahead.
"I hit better than I pitch," Park said. "I made a mistake (with Hampton). It cost me three runs. I kept pitching and was aggressive, and our team came back. It makes it an easy outing after that."
Hampton surrendered seven runs and 11 hits, striking out three and walking one. He has given up 10 runs and 20 hits in his last two starts.
"He didn't have his best stuff," LaRoche said of Hampton, who did not speak to reporters after the game. "That's baseball. It seemed like he missed over the plate quite a bit."
San Diego, which was blanked by Florida in its previous two games and did not arrive in Atlanta until 4:30 a.m. EDT due to electrical problems with its plane, improved to 4-0 against the Braves this season. The win clinched the Padres' first season series triumph over Atlanta since 1990, when they went 10-8.