Chris Paddack, Padres too strong in Game 1 against Braves

Chris Paddack pitched five white innings and Fernando Tatis Jr. belted his 29th homer to carry the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in Game 1 of a doubles program.

Paddack (6-6) allowed three hits and struck one out to become the first San Diego starter to pitch five scoreless innings since June 22.

The right-hander has now pitched more than five innings in eight of his last 11 starts and has allowed three runs or less in 13 of his 18 starts. He improved to 2-0 in his career against the Braves.

Closer Mark Melancon struck out two of three batters in a scoreless seventh inning to earn his 28th save, the league’s best. Melancon pitched for the Braves in 2020 but left as a free agent.

Tatis, who was 2-for-3, hit a long two-run homer in the left field bleachers of reliever Shane Greene in the fifth inning. In his last five games, Tatis has eight hits, seven runs scored, six RBIs, four walks and two steals.

The Padres got their first point in the fourth inning against Atlanta starter Kyle Muller. Ha-Seong Kim’s sacrificial volley at center field marked Jurickson Profar, who doubled up with a putout and took third place on Muller’s wild throw.

Muller (1-3) pitched four innings and allowed a run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts in his fifth big-league start. Muller got out of a jam in the third when he hit two batters with one out, but struck out Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado on hard-hit balls.

The Braves scored their two runs in the sixth inning against Drew Pomeranz. He allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits in his lone inning of work. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman scored on Victor Caratini’s past ball and Austin Riley’s sacrifice fly led Ozzie Albies.

San Diego is now 10-4 in games played at Truist Park.

– Field level media

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