Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Padres won their second straight extra-innings game with a 4-3 victory over the reeling Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
“Any time you can walk off two times in a row, it doesn’t get much more exciting than that.” said Tommy Medica, the team’s hottest hitter.
San Diego, which leads the majors in runs scored since the All-Star break, has won five of six and 10 of 16 since the break.
Medica, who hit a pair of two-run homers on Friday night, put the Padres ahead 3-2 in the eighth with a leadoff solo homer off Anthony Varvaro. Medica was 8 for 12 with five RBIs in the three-game sweep of Atlanta, extending the Braves’ losing streak to six games.
“We’ve got to get it going because it doesn’t get any easier,” Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird said.
Will Venable led off the 10th with an infield single off David Hale (3-4) and Alexi Amarista walked. The Braves got a double play on Renee Rivera’s sacrifice bunt attempt with Amarista taking second. Chris Nelson walked to bring up Cabrera. After the Padres pulled off a double steal, Cabrera lined a hard single past second baseman Ramiro Pena.
“Two great games that at the end, we got the big hit,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “Inspiring wins for our guys.”
Tim Stauffer (4-2) pitched one inning for the win.
The Braves pushed the tying run across in the ninth off closer Joaquin Benoit. Jason Heyward hit a leadoff double and Evan Gattis then hit a comebacker to Benoit. Heyward broke for third and Benoit’s throw was on the bag, but Yangervis Solarte failed to field the throw for an error as it went into foul territory, allowing Heyward to score and tie the game at 3.
The Braves tied the game at 2-all in the seventh when they finally got to Tyson Ross on Heyward’s RBI triple and a run-scoring double by Gattis.
Nick Vincent came in and gave up a double to Chris Johnson off the left-field wall but Gattis didn’t run on the play and was held at third base. Vincent loaded the bases with a walk before striking out pinch hitter Emilio Bonifacio. Vincent then got B.J. Upton to ground into a third-to-home-to-first double play.
It was the second straight game that Atlanta hit into this same double play.