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Jul 26, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) and catcher Evan Gattis (24) celebrate a victory against the San Diego Padres in the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Padres 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Braves pick up much needed win in second game against Padres

The Atlanta Braves picked up a much needed win in their second game against the San Diego Padres, winning 5-3 with Julio Teheran grabbing his tenth win of the season.

After dropping three of four to the Miami Marlins and losing their first game to the offensively-challenged Padres, many were starting to wonder about the class of this Braves team. There’s still a lot to prove as the season wears on and gets into August, but this was an extremely important win for the Braves, and hopefully one that can turn their recent struggles around.

Tommy La Stella and Freddie Freeman both had three-hit games out of the two- and three-spots respectively, and the Braves took advantage of some poor control by Odrisamer Despaigne in the fourth inning to put their stake on the game. Atlanta was able to score four runs in the frame and hold on the rest of the way to split the series at one game apiece.

Jason Heyward score two runs for the Braves as part of a 1-2 game that featured a pair of walks. Behind him in the lineup, Chris Johnson went 1-4 with two important RBIs and a run of his own.

The Braves will look to take the series lead tomorrow as Mike Minor takes on Eric Stults.

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