That is how you answer blowing a lead. This team is so resilient. Facing a pitcher with a 3.53 ERA, the Braves scored two runs in the first, led 4-0 after three, and poured it on late, while Tim Hudson had no problems shutting down the Padre batters.
In the first, Prado walked, then was erased on a force play, allowing Heyward to reach. Chipper followed with a single to make it first and third (Heyward’s baserunning has been outstanding since his return, and all season really) and the first run scored on a Glaus sac fly. The rightfielder dropped the potential third out of the inning, a fly ball from Diaz, and Gonzalez drove Chipper home (he probably should have been out, the throw was weak) to make it 2-0.
Melky led off the second with a double, but Hudson couldn’t get the bunt down and he only went to third on Prado’s groundout. Heyward came through with a single, however, making it 3-0. In the third, Diaz singled with one out and came home on an AAG double to make it 4-0. (Laughably, with two out the Padres walked Melky intentionally, something they did later in the game as well. The first time, it didn’t hurt them.)
The Braves couldn’t get another run in, blowing a couple of chances, but Hudson was completely in control of the game. Their only threat of note came in the fifth, with a single and a HBP, but the eighth-place batter grounded into a double play and the pitcher grounded out to end that. In the seventh, the Padres bullpen went to work, and this time, it didn’t go so well. Diaz walked with one out, and Nate Louth ran for him even though Diaz is faster than he is. AAG’s fourth hit of the day made it first and second, one out, and Ross doubled to score Louth, making it 5-0. Then came the second walk of Melky, which backfired when the pitcher hit the pinch-hitter Hinske on the foot. (Hinske is day-to-day; Medlen ran for him, go figure.) Prado flew out, but infield singles by Heyward and Chipper made it 8-0 before they finally went to another reliever, who got Glaus to ground out.
Dunn started the eighth with eight straight balls, got the next guy out on a 3-2 groundout, then walked the next guy. Bobby brought in Moylan, who got a double play to end it. He went out for the ninth, and wound up needing only 14 pitches for 1 2/3 innings of work.