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Padres beat Braves 3-2 in 12 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 3, 2014 at 1:24 am •  Published: August 3, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tim Stauffer and Will Venable stepped up when the San Diego Padres needed it most.

Stauffer escaped a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the top of the 12th and Venable lined a game-winning single in the bottom of the inning off closer Craig Kimbrel to lift the Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Kimbrel (0-3) walked the bases loaded with one out before Venable hit a fastball on a line over the head of right fielder Jason Heyward, who was already playing shallower than normal.

"With that guy, the bases loaded and less than two outs and the winning run on third base, it takes the slider down out of play," Venable said. "He doesn't want to end the game on a wild pitch. With him you have to get ready for the fastball anyway so it made things simple."

Yangervis Solarte walked to start the 12th, and Jedd Gyorko and Chris Nelson drew consecutive one-out walks before Venable's game-winning single.

"When you go out there and throw a lot of balls and walk guys, that's what happens,' Kimbrel said.

Stauffer (3-2) pitched two innings but it was his escape in the 12th that kept San Diego in the game. The Braves loaded the bases 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."

The Padres won for the fourth time in five games. Atlanta extended its losing streak to five games.

"All we needed was a lousy run and sometimes it's hard to get a lousy run," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

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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