SAN DIEGO (AP) — There is very little going right for Evan Gattis and the Atlanta Braves.
Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to give the San Diego Padres their second consecutive extra-innings win, a 4-3 victory over the slumping Braves on Sunday.
It was also the Braves’ sixth straight loss, all coming on an eight-game road trip.
Gattis had a huge base running gaffe that cost Atlanta a key run in the seventh inning.
“I screwed up,” Gattis said. “I made a mistake there. That’s what it was about.”
Said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez: “Little mistakes like that are what get blown up when you don’t score any runs.”
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.
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 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.
Tommy 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.
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.
Braves: LHP Jonny Venters felt no ill effect the day after his light bullpen session on Saturday. Venters has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2013.
Padres: C Yasmani Grandal was back in the starting lineup at first base after not starting three straight games with fluid in his right knee.
Braves: Alex Wood (7-8, 3.30 ERA) opens the club’s two-game set at Seattle on Tuesday night against Felix Hernandez (11-3, 2.01). Atlanta beat Hernandez the only time it faced him on June 29, 2011.
Padres: After an off day Monday , the club opens a six-game road trip with rookie Jessie Hahn (7-2, 2.01) opposing the Twins Phil Hughes (10-8, 4.12). Hahn has fared better away from pitcher-friendly Petco Park where he is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA in five starts. Hahn has won all four of his road starts with an ERA of 1.50.
WHO’S ON THIRD
Atlanta allowed a Padres base runner to steal third base uncontested for the second time in three games. On Sunday, Cabrera took off for third on ball four to Tommy Medica. C Evan Gattis cocked his arm to throw but 3B Chris Johnson never moved from his position. On Friday night, Medica stole third standing without a throw as Minor held the ball behind the mound and Johnson was far off the bag.
MINOR NOT GOING TO MINORS
Braves LHP Mike Minor will not be sent to the minors despite is recent struggles. The Braves decided against sending him to the minors to allow him to work on his control issue. The lefty has given up six earned runs in three of his four starts, including Friday night’s 10-1 to the Padres.