San Diego (61-61) at Atlanta (69-54)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Atlanta, GA
Temp: 47° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 21, 2005
  • TV: Ch4, ESPN
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The San Diego Padres have dominated the Atlanta Braves all season.

After suffering a tough loss on Saturday, the Braves hope ace John Smoltz can help the team avoid being swept in their three-game series with the Padres at Turner Field.

Following San Diego’s 12-7 win in the series opener Friday, Xavier Nady hit a grand slam off rookie Joey Devine in the 13th inning to lead the Padres to a 7-2 victory over the Braves on Saturday.

“I knew I had hit it good,” said Nady, who was hitless in his first five at-bats. “I looked up as I rounded first base, and when I saw it was out, I was beside myself. The best part was looking in the dugout and seeing their reaction.”

Devine reflected on his fastball.

“I didn’t get it up in the zone enough,” Devine said. “It was pretty much right down Broadway.”

The Padres, who will try and get over the .500 mark for the first time since July 27, are 5-0 against the Braves this season.

“We know how good a team they have,” said San Diego manager Bruce Bochy. “Some things are hard to explain.”

Atlanta hopes that Smoltz can end its slump against the Padres. He is 8-1 in his last 13 starts. He has lasted at least seven innings in each of those outings.

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109 K 169
57 BB 53
1.37 WHIP 1.15