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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Atlanta0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 4100
San Diego0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3101
  W: A. Minter (3-6)   L: P. Johnson (3-4)   S: W. Smith (35)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, September 26, 2021
Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 41,294

Braves meet Padres with Phillies showdown looming

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Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres

  1. Atlanta and San Diego split a pair of games in July, their only previous series this season, with both teams scoring a total of four runs. The Braves are 12-15 this season against NL West teams but are 62-42 against the rest of the National League.
  2. The Padres beat the Giants on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep and have won three of their last 13 games. San Diego is 11-26 since Aug. 11 and its pitching staff has posted a 5.38 ERA over that span after having a 3.53 ERA in the team's first 115 games.
  3. The Braves are 4-3 on their current road trip after taking three of four in Arizona this week. Atlanta has hit a home run in nine of its last 10 games and leads the National League with 37 home runs in September.
  4. Fernando Tatis Jr. is batting .301 this month after hitting .228 in August and has driven in a run in three of his last four games. Tatis is hitting .389 with runners in scoring position this season, second only to Juan Soto (.410).
  5. Adam Duvall leads the National League with 66 road RBIs this season. Since acquiring Duvall midseason, the Braves are 16-6 when he drives in at least one run.
  6. Austin Riley has hit a home run in three straight games for the Braves and is batting .359 with a 1.051 OPS over his last nine games, all against NL West opponents. Riley is slashing .251/.318/.475 against his own division this season and is slashing .347/.412/.587 against all other opponents.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2021 thru 9/26/2021

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

Updated September 26, 2021

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