The San Diego Padres scored nine runs in the sixth and seventh innings as they cruised to an 11-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. San Diego starter Tim Stauffer recorded a career high nine strikeouts while holding the Atlanta offense at bay for seven innings before turning things over to the Padres bullpen.
Atlanta could only muster four hits on the night and Derek Lowe couldn't escape a three run sixth inning. After recording the first two outs of the sixth inning, Lowe then allowed four hits sandwiched around a walk and three runs before exiting the game with Atlanta trailing 5-0.
Atlanta would score their only runs of the night in the seventh. Jason Heyward singled to center to the lead off the inning. Stauffer then retired Chipper Jones and Brian McCann before surrendering a long two run homer to Freddie Freeman making the score 5-2.
The floodgates opened against Braves rookie reliever Jairo Asencio. By the time the dust would settle, San Diego would be ahead 11-2 and Atlanta would be headed for a loss. The big blow of the inning came on Jesus Guzman long pinch hit two run homer to left field.
Lowe takes the loss and drops to 3-6 on the season. He pitched 5.2 innings while allowing eight hits and five runs. Asencio surrendered six runs (three earned) on four hits and a couple of walks in just 0.2 innings pitched. Jason Heyward recorded two hits for Atlanta.
Stauffer gets his third win of the season for the Padres after going seven strong innings and allowing only the Freeman home run. San Diego banged out 12 hits on the night. Will Venable, Cameron Maybin, and Anthony Rizzo each had two hits on the night.