The Juice: Padres beat Braves at own comeback game

David Brown
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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Turner Field, where the San Diego Padres stole the Atlanta Braves mojo, coming back in the ninth and winning in extras.

Game of the Day: Padres 6, Braves 4 (12 inn.)

OK, Billy, don't be a hero: Sent to protect a 4-2 lead in the ninth, closer Billy Wagner(notes) did no such thing. Scott Hairston(notes) hit a solo homer, his brother Jerry singled and Yorvit Torrealba(notes) punched a tying double. Oh, my! Watch the slide by J. Hairston (above). Just touches the pointy part of the plate.

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That Medlen kid: Three innings later, Nick Hundley(notes) (right) capped everything off with a two-out, two-run double against Kris Medlen(notes) to knock in Chris Denorfria and Oscar Salazar(notes).

"I don't think you can ever brush those games off," Wagner said. "It's tough to swallow when you know you had this game and it slips away."

Funny — that sounds like a Braves rally. They came in with 16 victories in their last at-bat. Now the Padres have the league's best overall record — 55-38.

Relief valve: After San Diego starter Jon Garland(notes) mediocre-ly meandered through five innings, the bullpen came on and extinguished the Braves over seven scoreless frames.

"You have to give credit to all the guys in the bullpen," Padres manager Bud Black said.

We do? OK, OK. Ernesto Frieri(notes), are you here? Ernesto Frieri. Frieri? How about Joe Thatcher(notes)? I know his mom — Mrs. Thatcher, are you here? Can you find Joe? How about Edward Mujica(notes)? Edward? Luke Gregerson(notes), he's here. Saw him in the café. Luke? Luke Gregerson? Tim Stauffer(notes). Mr. Stauffer. Tim Stauffer? OK, Heath Bell(notes). Heath Bell. Heath Bell. Last call. Heath Bell.

OK, we tried, Bud.

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They Also Played...

Astros 4, Cubs 3 (12 inn.): After scoring 14 the night before, the Cubs stranded 16. That's how we roll in the Windy.

Rays 5, Orioles 4: That's more like it, Rafael Soriano(notes).

Pirates 15, Brewers 3: If only they could clone Pedro Alvarez(notes). And, for my money, Johnny Ray. Then again, if he keeps hitting two homers every game, maybe one Alvarez (right) is enough.

Yankees 10, Angels 6: Colin Curtis(notes)? Don't listen to him. Michelle Beadle has my attention, though.

Nationals 8, Reds 5: Strasmas in July continues as Stephen Strasburg(notes) handles the Reds and the sweaty conditions at Great American Ball Park. He's so elfin good!

Twins 6, Indians 0: Thanks to Francisco Liriano(notes), at least we know Cleveland won't go 73-0 in the second half.

Royals 5, Blue Jays 2: I like Zack Greinke(notes) for the Second-Half AL Cy Young.

Marlins 5, Rockies 2: Ricky Nolasco(notes) makes a pretty good No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson(notes).

Athletics 6, Red Sox 4: Matt Watson(notes) — what, was he playing with the company softball team or something, Billy Beane?

Cardinals 5, Phillies 1: I don't second-guess Charlie Manuel letting Joe Blanton(notes) hit in the seventh with the score tied. (Blanton struck out.) I don't, even though Blanton surrendered the go-ahead run on Matt Holliday's(notes) homer in the bottom of the seventh.

No, I second-guess Phillies' general manager Ruben Amaro for keeping Blanton and letting Cliff Lee(notes) go over the winter. That's your second guess.

And now, they need to make a drastic trade for Roy Oswalt(notes), if he allows it. Boy, it's a good thing former Phillies' GM Ed Wade is running the show in Houston. Considering he needs the blood of ex-Phillies to survive, maybe the Phillies can catch a break on a deal.

Tigers 4, Rangers 1: A seven-game losing streak is over for the Tigers. But the next time they play over .500 in the second half under Jim Leyland will be the first time. So, they ain't out of the woods.

D-backs 4, Mets 3 (14 inn.): Hey, the D-backs were involved in a sweep and they weren't the ones getting swept? ... The Mets' collapse happened much earlier than usual this season.

Mariners 2, White Sox 1 (11 inn.): It came much too late for Felix Hernandez(notes) to benefit. This game featured some of the dumbest baserunning in Mariners or anyone else's history, Jose Lopez(notes) and Ryan Langerhans(notes). ... Bobby Jenks(notes) has been ejected as closer after another meltdown.

Dodgers 2, Giants 0: Don Mattingly was ready to correctly visit the mound this time — but Chad Billingsley(notes) gave him no reason to do so.

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