Braves Pitcher Williams Perez Pitches 7 Strong Innings as Atlanta Tops Padres
ATLANTA (AP) – Rookie Williams Perez allowed only four hits in seven innings, Kelly Johnson returned from the disabled list with three hits and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Johnson had an RBI single in the second inning in his return after missing 24 games with a strained right oblique. Cameron Maybin drove in a run with two of Atlanta’s 14 hits.
The only run allowed by Perez (2-0) was unearned. Making his fifth start, he matched his longest outing start while striking out five and walking two. He has allowed no more than one earned run in four of his five starts.
Cory Spangenberg had three hits, including two doubles. His fifth-inning double drove in the Padres’ run.
Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning for his third save. Closer Jason Grilli was rested after pitching two straight days.
Tyson Ross (3-6) took the loss.
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