Ervin Santana tosses eight scoreless frames as Braves down Padres

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Ervin Santana tossed eight scoreless innings while Evan Gattis delivered all the run support as the Atlanta Braves took three of four from the San Diego Padres via a 2-0 win Monday at Turner Field.

Santana (10-6) yielded five hits and fanned a career-high-tying 11, retiring 11 of the final 12 batters he faced as the Braves (58-48) extended their winning streak to three games.

The right-hander pitched at least seven innings for the fourth time in his past five starts and struck out 10 or more batters for the second consecutive game, marking the first time he has accomplished that feat during his 10-year Major League career.

Santana and Gattis also spoiled Jason Lane’s first Major League start as a pitcher as the Padres slipped to 46-59.

At 37 years and 219 days, Lane became the oldest Padres pitcher to make his Major League starting debut, took a shutout into the seventh inning before Gattis began the frame with a home run, his 17th of the season.

Lane (0-1) allowed one run on six hits in six-plus innings with no walks and two strikeouts. He was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A El Paso after the team opted to scratch scheduled starter Ian Kennedy because of soreness in his left oblique.

The Braves tallied eight hits in support of Santana, but Gattis’s long ball in the seventh was the biggest. His 17th home run of the season was his first since June 18 after missing more than three weeks due to a bulging thoracic disc in his back.

Gattis is 5-for-6 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch since drawing a bases-loaded walk in Friday’s loss to San Diego.

Gattis gave Atlanta extra insurance in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single, setting the stage for Craig Kimbrel to strike out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save.

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