Braves beat Padres 5-2 on opening night at new stadium


Hammerin' Hank Aaron blasted the first home run out of that park.

The exception was the Atlanta Braves, and Weaver will get that opportunity on Monday in his first season with San Diego as the Padres try to avoid a sweep in the opening four-game series at SunTrust Park.

Ready to be home: Several Braves players talked about their eagerness to finally play in front of a home audience after a week and a half on the road, and they repaid the sold-out crowd with solid, error-free baseball.

The Padres tied it up in the second, taking advantage of Teheran's wildness.

The Atlanta Braves' new home hosted its first game of the Major League Baseball season Friday.

Ender Inciarte went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and two runs scored Sunday in the Braves' victory over the Padres.

Although Garcia lasted just five innings at Miami on Wednesday, the bullpen worked four scoreless innings behind him and the Braves rallied for a 5-4 victory that snapped a five-game losing streak. Dickey's line closed with 6 IP, 7 hits, 1 BB, 6 K's and gave up 2 earned runs, off the home runs in the 2nd inning.

Brandon Phillips, who grew up outside Atlanta rooting for the Braves at Turner Field, didn't have to wait long for his first home run at his new team's new home. Inciarte provided some breathing room in the sixth with a two-run shot into the right-field seats after Craig Stammen relieved Chacin.

Julio Teheran picked up the win on the mound for the Braves.

Dickey (1-1) gave up consecutive homers to Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges in the second inning, but the Braves (4-6) tied it against left-hander Clayton Richard in the third and took the lead in the sixth against the Padres (5-7) on their first back-to-back homers of the year.

"Every time I don't go more than six or seven innings, for me, I didn't get the job done", Garcia said. "This place, I don't think you're going to have to necessarily crush one to get it out of here".

"I was able to get some early strikes and try to get them to chase late", Weaver said. The three-story Chop House bar was packed full of patrons, some holding beers that were aged with baseball bat wood. In his first start this year, Cahill logged a loss with 5.2 innings, five hits and two earned runs. The Braves recalled RHP Luke Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned RHP Jason Hursh to the same team.

"He's probably experienced anything and more than all the rest of us in this clubhouse", said manager Brian Snitker. The Reds already have three starters on the disabled list.

Braves: OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) ran before the game and isn't expected to need a rehab stint in the minors before he's eligible to return on Tuesday.

Braves: RHP Bartolo Colon (0-1) is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts against the Padres. He was a member of Team USA in the 1996 Summer Olympics at Fulton County Stadium before pitching in the majors at Turner Field.

Chapman allowed a two-out walk to Randal Grichuk and a double to pinch-hitter Jose Martinez before Dexter Fowler - the closer's teammate on the World Series champion Cubs previous year - grounded out to second to end it. Chapman got his third save on the season.



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