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Kimbrel has walk problems for Braves

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 3, 2014 at 1:42 am •  Published: August 3, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Craig Kimbrel had no one to blame but himself.

The Atlanta closer walked the bases loaded with one out in the 12th inning before Will Venable lined a single to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 win over the Braves on Saturday night.

"When you go out there and throw a lot of balls and walk guys, that's what happens,' Kimbrel said. "I can't go out there and walk that many batters."

Yangervis Solarte walked to start the 12th, and Jedd Gyorko and Chris Nelson drew consecutive one-out walks. Venable followed with his game-winning single over the head of right fielder Jason Heyward to give the Padres their fourth win in five games. Atlanta extended its losing streak to five games.

Kimbrel (0-3), who normally pitches just one inning, entered the game to start the 11th.

"He has the makeup to do it but to be able to do it, it's a little different," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's not that simple."

Tim Stauffer (3-2) pitched two innings for the win.

The Braves loaded the bases in the top of the 12th with no outs, but Stauffer got Evan Gattis to hit into a third-to-home-to-first double play and retired Chris Johnson on a groundout.

"I think that was the game right there," Stauffer said. "I think that kind of put the stamp on it."

Atlanta tied the game at 2 in the eighth on Heyward's single, a walk and Johnson's RBI single.

Trailing 1-0, the Padres went ahead in the seventh. Rene Rivera led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and scored on Solarte's two-out single. After San Diego loaded the bases, Jordan Whalden relieved Ervin Santana and threw a wild pitch that allowed Solarte to score for a 2-1 lead.

Santana allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings with six strikeouts and four walks.

San Diego's Tommy Medica had two more hits, including a second-inning single that gave him hits in six consecutive at-bats. Medica went 5 for 5 on Friday with two two-run homers, setting career highs for hits, RBIs and runs with four.

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