ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves did it again with two outs.
Kelly Johnson came through with a two-out, bases-loaded triple
in the sixth inning, and Tim Hudson and the Braves closed a long
homestand with a 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday.
The first-place Braves went 7-3 during an 11-day stay at home.
Johnson wasn't even supposed to be in the lineup. The Braves
planned to give him the day off against Padres left-hander David
Wells, but that changed shortly before the first pitch when Edgar
Renteria was scratched for the third time in four games because of
a flu-like symptoms.
The game was tied at 2 when light-hitting Chris Woodward doubled
over the head of right fielder Brian Giles, putting runners at
second and third with one out in the sixth. Wells struck out Craig
Wilson on a checked swing, but that merely put the Braves in a spot
where they've been at their best all season.
Pinch-hitter Willie Harris walked to load the bases and Wells
hung a breaking ball to Johnson, who lined it into the right-field
corner to drive everyone home.
The Braves have now scored a major league-leading 88 runs with
Braves Beat Padres Thursday Afternoon
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