ATLANTA — The way Ervin Santana was pitching, it looked like the Atlanta Braves might need just one run.

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When Detroit reliever Willie Hernandez won the MVP in 1984, he pitched in 80 games. The current trend in bullpen management – in which the best relievers are used primarily in the ninth inning to close out victories – didn’t start until later. Now many teams take specialization a step further, assigning the closer to the ninth inning and another setup man to the eighth. ”They like their roles, they kind of know when they’ve got to get out there, they know what time they’ve got to be there, they know when to get loose and what their roles might be.” Over the course of a 162-game season, there’s something to be said for establishing a sense of routine – and limiting certain relievers to certain situations can help control workloads.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy will miss his scheduled start against the Braves on Monday due to a left oblique strain.

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Julio Teheran enjoyed his unusual chance to shine as a hitter when he wasn’t as sharp as normal on the mound. Teheran’s squeeze bunt gave Atlanta the lead and the Braves took advantage of Odrisamer Despaigne’s control problems to beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Saturday night. Teheran said the pitchers work on bunting every day, but having the pressure of having to put the ball in play as a runner took off from third base was a new challenge. ”I haven’t done it in a game,” Teheran said.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have optioned infielder Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett and recalled second baseman Phil Gosselin from Gwinnett.

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Yasiel Puig was excited before Friday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants because he would be making his first start of the season in center field. Afterward, the entire Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse was abuzz about Puig’s performance, and it had nothing to do with his flawless night in the field. Right-hander Zack Greinke had 10 strikeouts in seven innings of shutout ball and Puig became the first Dodger in 113 years to belt three triples in a game, propelling Los Angeles to an 8-1 victory over the Giants in the opener of a three-game series between the National League West front-runners on Friday night. I’ve never seen anything like that,” Dodgers right fielder Matt Kemp gushed about his teammate’s first-, fifth- and sixth-inning triples.

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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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