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By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 6, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres began a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves tonight.  Thankfully, this series is in San Diego, so we won’t have to deal with that annoying tomahawk chop.  Williams Pérez started on the hill for the visitors against Christian Friedrich for San Diego.

In a rare turn of events, the Braves started the scoring.  Jeff Francoeur grounded out in the first, scoring Ender Inciarte and Atlanta took a 1-0 lead.

Matt Kemp tied it up at one in the Padres’ half of the first, however, with a sacrifice fly that brought home Jon Jay.


The Padres blew the game open in the third with Yangervis Solarte’s three-run homer and the good guys took a 4-1 lead.


Kemp doubled in the fifth, scoring Wil Myers and the Padres went up 5-1.  Kemp eventually scored and the Padres led 6-1.


The Braves got a run back in the seventh on a Chase D’Arnaud single that Kelly Johnson scored on to cut the Padres’ lead to 6-2.


But the Padres got evenfurther away from them with Derek Norris’ double in the eighth that scored Alexi Amarista and the Padres took game one 7-2, a needed victory after last night’s missed sweep opportunity.


The Padres and Braves will have another 7:10 game tomorrow night for game two.

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