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Padres come back from 5-run deficit to beat Braves 6-5

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Posted at 1:13 PM, May 20, 2024

ATLANTA (AP) — Manny Machado's two-run double in the eighth gave San Diego the lead and the Padres rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Monday in the first game of a split doubleheader.

The Braves blew a 5-0 lead, wasting a strong start from Reynaldo López, in their fourth straight loss, their longest losing streak of the season. Machado's double off Joe Jiménez (1-1) drove in Jurickson Profar and Jake Cronenworth to cap a four-run inning. Cronenworth earlier singled in two runs in the inning.

Marcell Ozuna and Matt Olson hit back-to-back homers in the third inning for Atlanta, which had 12 hits after being held to a combined two runs and 11 hits while losing the first two games of the series.

Ronald Acuña Jr. had three of the Braves' nine hits in four innings against Dylan Cease, who previously had not given up more than six hits in a game this season.

The homers by Ozuna and Olson to open a three-run third marked the first time Cease has allowed more than one long ball in a game this season. He had given up only three in his first nine starts.

Olson and Michael Harris II had run-scoring singles in the first.

López allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings in the matchup against Cease, his former Chicago White Sox teammate.

Jhony Brito (1-2) gave up one hit in a scoreless seventh for the Padres. Robert Suarez, helped by shortstop Ha-Seong Kim's diving catch of a fly ball by Harris in shallow center field, pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save.

San Diego right-hander Randy Vásquez was scheduled to face Atlanta's Chris Sale in Monday night's second game.

In the third inning, Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts apparently injured his left shoulder and left the game. Bogaerts was hurt diving for a bases-loaded single by Acuña.