Chipper Powers Braves Past Padres

9:12 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Kris Medlen tossed his first career complete game while Chipper Jones hit a pair of home runs to lead the Atlanta Braves past the San Diego Padres, 6-0, in the finale of a four-game series at Turner Field.

It was the 40th time in Chipper's career that he blasted two home runs in a game and it came on a night in which the Braves gave away Chipper Jones Bobblehead's to the first 20 thousand fans at Turner Field.

Medlen (4-1), who made his fourth start of the season, scattered five hits while not walking a batter and striking out six.

Jason Heyward also homered for Atlanta, which won its third straight game.

Jason Marquis (8-11) surrendered six runs on eight hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings for the Padres, who have dropped four of their last five.

Chase Headley collected a pair of hits in the loss.

Earlier on Thursday, Major League Baseball owners approved the sale of the Padres to a group led by longtime San Diego businessman Ron Fowler. Fowler will be the controlling owner with partners that include pro golfer Phil Mickelson, a San Diego native, and family members of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, including son Kevin and nephew Tom Seidler.

Atlanta jumped out to an early lead with Jones' two-run blast to right field in the first inning. Michael Bourn hit a leadoff double prior to Jones' 11th homer of the year.

After the Padres left a man on second in the second, they again failed to cut into their deficit in the third when Marquis led off the frame with a double and was later tagged out at the plate while trying to score on Everth Cabrera's grounder to the right side of the mound.

The Braves added to their lead in the fifth inning, starting with back-to- back home runs by Heyward and Jones with two outs.

Marquis was relieved by Brad Boxberger after Freddie Freeman worked a walk, Dan Uggla doubled and Brian McCann was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Paul Janish greeted Boxberger with a two-run single up the middle to give Atlanta a 6-0 advantage. McCann was thrown out at third on the play to end the inning.

Colorado advanced a man past first one more time for the remainder of the game when Logan Forsythe hit a two-out single in the eighth and moved to second on defensive indifference. Cabrera grounded out to second to end the inning before Medlen worked a perfect ninth.

 

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