Nady's slam in 13th keeps Padres perfect vs. Braves
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
made Joey Devine's major league debut a day to forget.
Nady belted a grand slam off Devine with two out in the top of the 13th inning to power the
San Diego Padres
to a 7-2 victory over the
Devine, Atlanta's first-round pick in the June draft, made a rapid ascent through the minor leagues. He started at Class A and had his contract purchased from Class AA Mississippi of the Southern League earlier Saturday, becoming the first Brave to make his major league debut in the same year he was drafted since
went straight to the majors in 1978.
The hard-throwing righthander began the top of the 12th by getting Nady on a comebacker, the start of a scoreless frame. He struck out in the bottom half before unraveling in the 13th.
Devine surrendered a single and stolen base by
between outs and issued an intentional walk to slugger
. After walking
on four pitches, Devine got to 1-2 on Nady, who launched the next pitch into the center field seats for his first career grand slam.
"I didn't get the pitch up where I wanted it," Devine said. "I left it over the plate. ... You can't let one pitch define who you are going to be. If I am going to throw a 1-2 pitch with the bases loaded on
, I've got to get that ball up higher and elevate it."
"(Seeing Devine the first time) definitely helped," said Nady, who was 0-for-5 before the homer. "I got to see his fastball and slider in the first at bat. Second at bat, you definitely know what he has. ... I knew I hit it well. I looked up at first base and saw it went over and was a little excited."
The blast made a winner of former Brave
(5-1), who pitched a hitless 12th, striking out two. Closer
pitched the 13th.
hit a game-tying homer in the seventh for the Padres (61-61), who improved to 5-0 against the Braves this season and climbed back to .500 atop the weak National League West Division. San Diego could face Atlanta in the NL Division Series.
"They've been playing really god when we face them," Braves third baseman
said. "We've been playing real bad. It happens with one team every year."
The Braves fell to 5-6 on their season-high 12-game homestand.
Atlanta had three opportunities to win in extra innings but fell short each time. In the 10th,
was stranded at second as
grounded out. One inning later, Atlanta stranded runners at second and third with two outs as
In the 12th, rookie catcher
walked to begin the frame but Devine could not get down a bunt. Pinch runner
was caught stealing after Furcal struck out to end the threat, San Diego's fifth double play.
"(Devine) told me he could bunt," Braves manager
said. "I wouldn't have put him up there if I didn't know he could bunt. ... We didn't get the big hits."
allowed two runs, six hits and two walks in eight innings, striking out two. Padres starter
gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings, fanning three.
led off with a double scored on
's sacrifice fly to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.
Furcal opened the sixth with a homer off Astacio to tie it. Giles followed with a single and scored three batters later on rookie