You would never know the San Diego Padres have the lowest team batting average in the major leagues by the way they hit against the Chicago Cubs and starter Edwin Jackson. The light-hitting Padres broke out for a season-best nine runs in the sixth inning in a 13-3 rout of the Cubs on Thursday night. It followed a 14-hit performance in an 8-3 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday. San Diego starter Tyson Ross (9-10) struck out a career-high 11, allowed one run, five hits and one walk in six innings.

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The San Diego Padres bats came to life with the biggest run production of the season Thursday. The Padres jumped to an early lead and took advantage of shaky Chicago Cubs pitching with a nine-run sixth on the way to a 13-3 victory. “Since the break you’ve seen us score a little bit more runs and some guys are starting to climb a lift bit with their averages,” said manager Bud Black after the Padres (45-56) pounded out 14 hits against six Cubs pitchers. The win was the second straight and gave the Padres two-of-three in series and four wins in seven meetings with the Cubs (41-59) this season.

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Nathan Eovaldi had dominated the Atlanta Braves in his last seven starts against them. Fourth-place Miami, which snapped a three-game winning streak, is 8 1/2 games back. ”We just weren’t able to make an adjustment on Santana’s off-speed pitches,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said.

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Following eight scoreless innings and a 59-minute rain delay, the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants seemed destined to play long into the night for a second game in a row. Except Hunter Pence wasn’t going to let that happen. Pence delivered a three-run double in the ninth after Madison Bumgarner shut out the Phillies over eight frames to lift the Giants to a 3-0 win Wednesday night over the Phillies. The Giants’ right fielder blooped a double to right field with two outs after Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon (2-2), who blew a save Tuesday, hit a batter and walked two others to load the bases.

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With the All-Star Game and the first closer trade in the rearview, it’s time to some good old fashioned closer talk.

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Adam LaRoche’s first home run against a left-handed pitcher since May 28, 2013, came at the perfect time for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. The first baseman’s three-run shot in the seventh off Rex Brothers broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Nationals a 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies, who lost their seventh consecutive game. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman strained his right hamstring while running hard to first to avoid a double play in the sixth. The Nationals are 33-19 with Zimmerman in the lineup, averaging 4.9 runs per game.

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At this point, it’s not news that Andrelton Simmons did something impressive on a baseball field. The Atlanta Braves shortstop has already established himself as a Gold Glover and  one of baseball’s elite defenders . But just because we’re used to seeing Simmons pulling off wonderful defensive plays doesn’t mean we can’t sit and appreciate his wizardry each time he puts it on display again.
Look at what Simmons did Monday night against the Miami Marlins . It was the top of the fourth inning and the Marlins had leadoff man Christian Yelich at first base. He took off running on the pitch, a hit-and-run attempt that sent Simmons to cover second base. Jordany Valdespin hit the ball to the left of Simmons, which generally would make for a successful hit-and-run. But not with Simmons on patrol.
He hit the brakes, dove the other direction and grabbed the ball. He then jumped to his feet for a split second and changed directions again to tag second base for the force out. He had very little time to do all this, of course, because Yelich was nearly to second when Simmons fielded the ball.
To get the out, this play needed to happen in one weird but beautiful moment, and Simmons was just the man for the job.
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At this point, it’s not news that Andrelton Simmons did something impressive on a baseball field. The Atlanta Braves shortstop has already established himself as a Gold Glover and  one of baseball’s elite defenders . But just because we’re used to seeing Simmons pulling off wonderful defensive plays doesn’t mean we can’t sit and appreciate his wizardry each time he puts it on display again.
Look at what Simmons did Monday night against the Miami Marlins . It was the top of the fourth inning and the Marlins had leadoff man Christian Yelich at first base. He took off running on the pitch, a hit-and-run attempt that sent Simmons to cover second base. Jordany Valdespin hit the ball to the left of Simmons, which generally would make for a successful hit-and-run. But not with Simmons on patrol.
He hit the brakes, dove the other direction and grabbed the ball. He then jumped to his feet for a split second and changed directions again to tag second base for the force out. He had very little time to do all this, of course, because Yelich was nearly to second when Simmons fielded the ball.
To get the out, this play needed to happen in one weird but beautiful moment, and Simmons was just the man for the job.
More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:

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Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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ATLANTA (AP) — Catcher Evan Gattis has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is in Atlanta’s lineup against the Miami Marlins.

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The Atlanta Braves are 13-6 in the games Evan Gattis missed, but they know that they are a lot more dangerous team with the slugging catcher in the lineup. Sidelined since injuring his back June 27, Gattis likely will come off the disabled list Monday. “I expect him to be here and in the lineup,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. Gattis played four rehab games with Triple-A Gwinnett, going 3-for-16.

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