Some extra rest left Julio Teheran feeling so strong he was unhittable for six innings.
That was more good news for an Atlanta rotation that is gaining momentum.
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Teheran’s velocity was up, with his fastball hitting 92 mph. He had been closer to 89 mph before he missed less than two weeks with a sore thumb. The boost in his fastball also helped his offspeed pitches.
”Those 10 days helped me to get everything on track,” Teheran said. ”… It was kind of fun to have my stuff back.”
Teheran (5-4) struck out a season-high 11, walked three and threw 95 pitches while recording 15 consecutive outs. Manager Brian Snitker said he could immediately see the difference in the right-hander’s pitchers.
”It was just good to see the life on the fastball again,” Snitker said.
Teheran’s changeup and slider also were effective.
”He was throwing all his pitches for strikes,” said San Diego’s Cory Spangenberg. ”I know through three at-bats I only got one fastball. When a pitcher is doing that, he’s pretty tough to hit.”
Over the last 11 home games, Braves starters have a 1.00 ERA, allowing eight earned runs in 72 innings. No starter allowed more than two runs during the streak.
The bid for a combined no-hitter ended with one out in the seventh when reliever Shane Carle allowed a single to Spangenberg. Freddy Galvis added another single before Carle pitched out of the jam.
Jose Vizcaino gave up singles to Spangenberg and Galvis in the ninth before striking out Christian Villanueva and Raffy Lopez. Right fielder Nick Markakis, running toward the foul line, made a diving catch of Raffy Lopez’s flyball to end the game. Vizcaino earned his 15th save, including his third of the series.
Johan Camargo’s two-run double in the fourth off Jose Castillo (1-1) gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead. Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer off Brad Hand in the eighth.
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, who lost 1-0 on Saturday, ended a 16-inning scoring drought in the eighth. Franmil Reyes singled off A.J. Minter, moved to third on Eric Hosmer’s single and scored on Jose Pirela’s sacrifice fly. Hunter Renfroe’s fourth strikeout of the game ended the inning.
Braves C Kurt Suzuki left the game after he was hit on his helmet by Lopez’s bat as he struck out with a big follow-through to end the second inning. Suzuki was knocked to the ground but was able to walk off the field.
Manager Brian Snitker said Suzuki should be able to play in Atlanta’s next game at Toronto on Tuesday.
Braves third base coach Ron Washington had words with Lopez when Lopez emerged from the San Diego dugout to open the third inning. Snitker said the discussion was about Lopez not checking on Suzuki before walking away from the plate.
SERIES STREAK ENDS
The NL East-leading Braves won three of four in the series, ending San Diego’s streak of five straight series wins. The Padres’ last series loss came on May 25-27, when they dropped two of three to the Dodgers.
Braves LHP Luiz Gohara was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he will start. RHP Luke Jackson was re-signed to a major league contract after being designated for assignment on Wednesday.
Matt Strahm made his fourth start as the Padres continue to use a bullpen committee approach for one spot in their rotation. Strahm allowed only one hit with five strikeouts in 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
San Diego’s first four relievers allowed only two runs.
”We just didn’t do enough offensively,” manager Andy Green said.
Padres: Following an off day on Monday, LHP Eric Lauer (3-4, 6.20) will face Oakland’s Paul Blackburn (1-1, 11.05) on Tuesday night in the first game of a two-game home series.
Braves: Atlanta is off on Monday before opening a two-game series at Toronto on Tuesday night, when rookie RHP Mike Soroka (2-1, 2.57) faces LHP Jaime Garcia (2-5 Dolphins Elite Jerseys
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The red-hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers scoff at the notion that their first 2-0 start in eight years is a surprise.
“I think that’s where we expected to be,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said after throwing for 402 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday’s 27-21 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
“I don’t know if everybody else expected us to be there,” the 14th-year pro filling in for suspended starter Jameis Winston said, “but we’re just going to continue to ride this momentum.”
Next up is a prime-time matchup next Monday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Suddenly, what once looked like a potentially tough start to the season with Winston serving a three-game ban for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy is turning into one of the league’s best feel-good stories.
The Bucs, coming off a 5-11 finish last season, haven’t made the playoffs since 2007.
“You can’t peak too early. We have a lot of football left,” receiver DeSean Jackson said. “I just know this team and this locker room is a different team than how we were last year.”
So are the Eagles (1-1), who fell behind on Jackson’s 75-yard TD reception of the first play of the game and never fully recovered.
Nick Foles threw for 334 yards and one TD without an interception, however an injury-decimated offense hurt itself with turnovers, penalties and other mistakes.
The loss left Eagles coach Doug Pederson in no mood to draw comparisons to last season.
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Fitzpatrick threw for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns for the second straight week. In addition to teaming with Jackson on the first play from scrimmage, the 35-year-old quarterback connected with tight end O.J. Howard on a 75-yard scoring play in the second quarter.
Chris Godwin and Mike Evans had TD catches, too, and Jackson finished with four receptions for 129 yards.
“It’s unbelievable,” Jackson said of Fitzpatrick, who thrown for 819 yards and accounted for nine TDs in two games. “He’s playing out of this world right now.”
Philadelphia’s defense yielded 271 yards passing and three touchdowns in the first half. The offense, already playing without Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery and Darren Sproles, wasn’t helped by losing running back Jay Ajayi, receiver Mike Wallace and left tackle Jason Peters in the first half.
Nick Foles wound up throwing for 334 yards, but by the time the Eagles began to move the ball consistently they trailed 27-7.
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“Guys step up all the time and that’s what we did,” Foles said. “We gave ourselves an opportunity to win this game.”
NO TIME TO PANIC
Foles, who stepped in for Wentz after the Eagles lost their starting quarterback to injury late last season, tried to put the loss and the team’s offensive woes in perspective.
“We didn’t win every single game last year. I think people forget that,” Foles said. “There’s a lot of expectations for us, but we can’t put that kind of pressure on ourselves.”
Nelson Agholor’s 2-yard TD reception trimmed Philadelphia’s deficit to 27-21 with 2:46 remaining.
“We had our shots. I just feel like if we had got that ball back one more time, we would have a chance to try to win it,” Peters said. “But we were pinned back there with 20 seconds left and we didn’t have a lot of options.”
THE LAST TIME
The Bucs are 2-0 for only the second time since 2005, when they went on to finish 11-5. They also won their first two on the way to a 10-6 record in 2010, but did not earn a playoff berth.
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