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Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres Pick & Prediction SEP 26TH 2021

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The Atlanta Braves are guaranteed to be in first place in the National League East when a three-game showdown begins Tuesday with the second-place Philadelphia Phillies.

They'd like to expand the advantage by making it three straight against the Padres when the teams meet Sunday in the series finale in San Diego.

The Braves have the momentum after scoring a run in the ninth inning against San Diego closer Mark Melancon, then won 10-8 with two runs in the 10th. The victory enabled the Braves to retain their 1 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia in the division. The Braves' magic number is seven games.

With the loss, the Padres -- a longshot in the race for the second wild card in the NL -- were eliminated.

"At one point it felt we were in a playoff game, with the crowd going nuts like it was," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "I like the way they roared back and kept coming. It kind of defines who these guys are, the fight."

Atlanta (82-72) has won three of five meetings this season against San Diego (78-77).

Atlanta's Austin Riley was 3-for-6 with two RBIs on Saturday and has 30 doubles, 32 homers and 100 RBIs. He joined Hall of Famers Chipper Jones and Eddie Mathews as the only third basemen in Braves history to have 30 doubles, 30 homers and 100 RBIs in the same season.

Jorge Soler hit his 25th homer, his 12th since joining the Braves at the trade deadline.

San Diego wasted three home runs in the loss, including Manny Machado's 12th career grand slam. Elimination following a first half of the season that was so bright stung, Machado said.

"We did not reach our goal this year," Machado said. "We're going to come back next year hungrier. ... We fell short. That's all that matters, and we're all down about it. We were expecting something. It didn't happen."

San Diego will send Joe Musgrove (11-9, 3.15 ERA) to the mound. The Braves will counter with a bullpen game and start with Jesse Chavez (3-2, 2.37), who went 1 1/3 innings on Tuesday against Arizona.. Atlanta used six relief pitchers in that game, a 6-1 victory.

Musgrove is coming off a shaky start against San Francisco on Tuesday, when he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Musgrove has not faced the Braves since 2019. In five career starts against Atlanta, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 5.55 ERA.

--Field Level Media

Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres

Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer with two-out in the top of the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon to break up a scoreless duel between Braves rookie right-hander Mike Soroka and a trio of Padres pitchers to lead Atlanta to a 4-1 victory and a three-game sweep in San Diego.

Soroka shut out the Padres on six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over seven innings to run his record to 10-1. Left-hander A.J. Minter picked up his fifth save.

The pitching matchup between Canadians Soroka and Cal Quantrill was a scoreless draw through six innings with the Padres starter blanking the Braves on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Craig Stammen followed with a perfect seventh.

But Trey Wingenter quickly ran into trouble in the eighth, giving up back-to-back singles to right field to pinch-hitter Matt Joyce and Ronald Acuna Jr. putting runners at the corners. Wingenter then struck out Dansby Swanson for the second out in the inning.

But Freeman drove the first pitch he saw from Wingenter 394 feet into the right field seats.

Josh Donaldson then drew a walk from Wingenter (1-2), stole second and scored on a single by Nick Markakis to make it 4-0.

San Diego rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. had his first four-hit game.

The Padres scored in the bottom of the eighth and had the bases loaded with two out when Chad Sobotka, Atlanta's third pitcher of the inning, struck out Hunter Renfroe to end the threat.

Tatis opened the inning with a single off Touki Toussaint, who loaded the bases on a single to Eric Hosmer and a walk to Franmil Reyes. Josh Naylor's third hit of the game scored Tatis. But Sobotka came on to fan Renfroe.

The Padres had the best opportunity to score during the first seven innings. With Tatis on first and two out in the fifth, Acuna made a running, leaping catch at the wall in center to deny Manny Machado an extra-base hit.

--Field Level Media

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