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Braves bullpen falters again, Padres win 6-4 in 11 innings

Teheran had another good start wasted by yet another bullpen implosion.

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The way this game played out was almost an exact carbon copy of Monday's game: Braves get good starting pitching, bullpen blows lead late, Padres win in extras.

Julio Teheran's good start went for naught with another eighth-inning implosion from the relief corps as the Padres win 6-4 in 11 innings.

Both teams exchanged runs in the first, but not before some mild fireworks. Teheran, with two strikes and two out, hits Matt Kemp on the arm with a pitch. Kemp spiked his bat as he and Teheran exchanged some words; the benches cleared but nothing ensued. After a walk, Derek Norris singled home Kemp. Atlanta scored its first-inning run on a double by Freddie Freeman off Andrew Cashner, scoring Cameron Maybin from first.

Teheran rolled through seven innings, and was given the lead in the sixth when Freeman homered to left leading off the inning. Julio had allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out seven.

The Braves received a pair of gift runs in the seventh. Jace Peterson was batting with runners at second and third; the way he hit the ball sounded funny and rolled only halfway up the first-base line for an infield hit and RBI. However, Peterson actually hit the ball twice, which by rule is a foul ball. Padres manager Bud Black came out to argue, demanding an answer from the umpires, but none of them claimed to see what he saw. This kind of play wasn't reviewable, so Black yelled until he was eventually tossed. Once play resumed, Cameron Maybin hit a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 Atlanta lead.

Fredi tried riding Teheran through the eighth, but two singles and a walk chased Julio from the game. Dana Eveland entered the game; a passed ball brought in one run while Eveland walked Justin Upton to reload the bases. On came Nick Masset, and he struck out Matt Kemp. Fredi then brought in Luis Avilan, but he walked in a run. David Aardsma, the fourth reliever of the inning, struck out Derek Norris and had Cory Spangenberg at two strikes, but Christian Bethancourt stuck his glove in the path of the bat; catcher's interference forced home the tying run, denying Teheran another win. The Padres batted around and scored three times without the benefit of a hit.

The game moved into extras for the second time this series. Brandon Cunniff escaped the 10th unharmed, but not so in the 11th. A leadoff walk and two singles loaded the bases with one out, and Yangervis Solarte, already with one hit off the bench, singled home the winning runs.

Teheran: 7 IP, 4 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Freeman: 3-5, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Peterson: 2-4, 1 RBI
Bethancourt: 2-5, 1 run

Win Expectancy

Source: FanGraphs

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