The San Diego Padres took game one of a four-game series at home against the Atlanta Braves, winning 5-2.
It was the Friars’ 3rd straight victory and they’ve been heating up at the right time.
The Padres now lead the Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds by a game in the NL West.
Second baseman Alan Wiggins proved to be the catalyst for San Diego, leading off the bottom of the 1st with a single and later scoring on a sacrifice fly by Graig Nettles to make it 1-0, San Diego.
An RBI single by Atlanta starting pitcher Rick Mahler in the 2nd inning tied the game up 1-1.
Both Mahler and San Diego’s Eric Thurmond pitched great ball from that point forward.
In the bottom of the 8th, with the score still tied, Luis Salazar tripled. He then scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Wiggins, who then scored on a two-run homer by Tony Gwynn (6th).
Greg Harris tried to pitch an inning of garbage relief work with this team up 5-1, but allowed three base runners and a run.
Brad Komminsk stepped up to the plate as the potential tying run with two out and two on, but struck out against closer Goose Gossage, who was brought in with the game on the line.