Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Freeman's 2 HRs, Swanson's hit lifts Braves over Padres 5-4

Freeman's 2 HRs, Swanson's hit lifts Braves over Padres 5-4

First baseman Freddie Freeman made perhaps the biggest impact in the contest, becoming the first player at the Braves' new home to hit multiple home runs in a game. It was Freeman's fifth homer of the season, and it gave him his second multi-homer game of the year. A walk to Adonis Garcia and two wild pitches followed before Flowers delivered two runs with a single. Phillips' one-out single was the first hit allowed by Trevor Cahill (0-2). The right-hander allowed only one more baserunner — a leadoff walk to Schimpf in the fifth before Hunter Renfroe hit into a double play. Ender Inciarte hit his fourth homer in the seventh. Last year's National League Gold Glove victor, Inciarte smacked his fourth homer in the past four games as the Braves extended their winning streak to four games with a 9-2 victory Sunday afternoon. Atlanta took the final game of the two-game set with the Marlins last Wednesday and returned home to open up SunTrust Park with a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres. The Padres have been outscored 18-6 and have collected just 17 hits in dropping the first three games of the series.

Cahill (0-2) surrendered four hits, walked three and struck out eight.

Freddie Freeman said Dansby Swanson was the flawless choice to hit with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Inciarte and Freddie Freeman, who reached on an intentional walk, scored on Phillips' two-out single up that middle that knocked Cahill out of the game.

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Freeman's reasoning? It was Swanson's time for a hit to finally fall.

In the spirit of "firsts", the first run of the day came from a Yangervis Solarte, an RBI-single in the top of the first to score Manuel Margot.

Padres: RHP Kevin Quackenbush was optioned to Triple-A El Paso to clear a roster spot for Cahill. The Braves said C Tyler Flowers (right hamstring) would not need to go on the disabled list after leaving the Sunday game early with an injury. OF Matt Kemp (right hamstring tightness) can come off the 10-day DL on Tuesday. Cordoba's home run would pin the Padres down a run, 2-3 at the 7th.

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