Posted: Saturday, August 2nd 2014 at 1:42am
Medica has 5 hits, 2 homers in Padres' rout of Braves
By The Associated Press
San Diego Padres' Tommy Medica, center, celebrates with teammates in the dugout after his two-run home run during the third inning against the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in San Diego. It was Medica's second two-run home run of the game. (AP Photo/Don Boomer)
SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Tommy Medica had a career-high five hits, including two two-run home runs, and left-hander Eric Stults and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 10-1 on Friday night.
Medica's previous career-high was four hits a week earlier at Atlanta. This was his first four-RBI game and he scored a career-high four runs. He made his big league debut in September and is in his third stint with the Padres this season.
Everth Cabrera had four hits for the Padres, who had a season-high 20.
The Braves, who lost their fourth straight game, have been held to 10 runs total in their last five games.
Medica's second shot, on a 1-0 pitch from Mike Minor with one out in the third, went an estimated 438 feet into the second deck in left field and gave San Diego a 5-0 lead. His first homer, also to left, was on a 1-1 pitch with two outs in the first. He has six this season. Medica singled in the fifth.
Medica's first big league hit was a homer off Cliff Lee in the second at-bat of his debut on Sept. 10.
Stults (4-13) won for just the second time in his last 11 starts. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth, when a two-base error by right fielder Jeff Francoeur on B.J. Upton's fly ball to the warning track led to an unearned run. Chris Johnson hit an RBI single with two outs.
Cabrera scored twice and drove in a run. He was aboard for Medica's first homer. Jedd Gyorko, who continues to hit well after his return from a 44-game stay on the disabled list, was aboard for Medica's second shot after hitting an RBI double in the third inning.
Gyorko is 8 for 19 with two doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and four runs scored in his five games back.
Minor (4-7) allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings, walked two and struck out one. He has allowed six runs in three of his last four starts.
Braves: Outfielder Jason Heyward missed his fourth straight game with back stiffness. He left Monday's game against San Diego. He originally was hurt while chasing a foul ball on July 24.
Padres: Catcher Yasmani Grandal missed his second straight game with fluid in his right knee, which was surgically repaired last summer.
Braves: Right-hander Ervin Santana (10-6, 3.63) tries to beat Padres in consecutive starts. He pitched five-hit ball for eight innings in Monday's 2-0 win in Atlanta.
Padres: Right-hander Ian Kennedy (8-9, 3.66) returns after missing his start Monday at Atlanta because of a left oblique strain.
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