Max Fried was completely sensible at simply the appropriate time for the Atlanta Braves.
Fried retired his final 18 batters and completed with a three-hitter for his second profession shutout, and the NL East-leading Braves beat the San Diego Padres 4-0 Friday to separate an uncommon night time of baseball.
A couple of hours earlier, after a uncommon San Diego rain delay, Fernando Tatis Jr. homered main off the highest of the seventh inning and the Padres beat the Braves 6-5 within the resumption of a recreation that was suspended attributable to rain in Atlanta on July 21.
The web impact was that the Braves’ lead over the Phillies is right down to 1 1/2 video games after Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh 8-6.
San Diego had no likelihood in opposition to Fried (13-7), a Southern California native and former Padres farmhand whose solely different nine-inning complete-game shutout got here seven begins earlier, on Aug. 20 at Baltimore, a 3-0 win by which he threw a four-hitter. He additionally had a rain-shortened, six-inning full recreation on Aug. 1, 2019, in opposition to Cincinnati.
“I positively know that it felt actually good,” Fried stated. “It felt like we actually had the benefit as we speak, particularly the scenario the place we’re at within the 12 months.”
Fried threw 98 pitches in successful his sixth straight resolution over 10 begins. After the final out, he and catcher Travis d’Arnaud hugged close to the first-base line. Fried, backed by strong protection all night time, fully shut down the Padres after Tatis doubled main off the fourth. Fried struck out 4 and walked none. He induced 17 groundball outs.
Dansby Swanson hit a two-run homer for the Braves within the nightcap.
“That was a particular efficiency,” Swanson stated of Fried. “He was superior. That was like ace-worthy, like super-ace worthy, proper? Particularly at this level within the 12 months, you want an enormous recreation in opposition to a group that’s actually proficient, chasing the playoffs as properly, and to do one thing like that’s particular.
“I counted three hard-hit balls tonight in opposition to him. He fully dominated.”
The Padres continued to plummet towards the largest collapse in franchise historical past and have been pushed nearer to playoff elimination. San Diego is seven video games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card with eight to play, whereas additionally trailing Philadelphia and Cincinnati. The Padres had a one-game lead for the second wild card on Sept. 9.
Fried was masterful in opposition to the Padres, who traded him to Atlanta in a six-player deal that introduced Justin Upton to San Diego on Dec. 19, 2014. It was one among many offers within the Padres’ ill-fated try to win with high-priced veterans.
Fried pitched in entrance of a number of relations who got here down from the Los Angeles space.
“It was particular,” he stated. “Clearly with me being throughout the nation, they don’t get to see me in individual quite a bit.”
Fried hasn’t misplaced since July 28 on the New York Mets.
Swanson hit his twenty seventh homer with one out within the second off rookie Reiss Knehr (1-1). Austin Riley hit an RBI single within the first and Adam Duvall drove in a run with a base hit within the sixth.
Knehr allowed three runs and 5 hits in 4 innings.
Within the resumption of the suspended recreation, the Padres, sporting their house white uniforms, have been the visiting group in their very own ballpark. Tatis’ forty first homer, off Will Smith, regained the lead for the Padres after Braves pinch-hitter Duvall tied it with a solo homer within the backside of the sixth.
“You all the time really feel good with Tatis on the plate,” supervisor Jayce Tingler stated. “That was only a nice at-bat. He was on some pitches, laid off some powerful pitches, received it to 3-2 and to have the ability to drive the ball a contact proper of middle — spectacular. However we’ve seen him do it. Large at-bat.”
Daniel Hudson (5-2) received the win and Mark Melancon pitched the seventh for his thirty eighth save. Hudson wasn’t with the Braves when the July 21 recreation started. Smith (3-9) took the loss.
On July 21, the Padres gained the primary recreation of a cut up doubleheader and have been main the second recreation 5-4 within the fifth inning when it was suspended after a delay of three hours, 3 minutes. Because it was on the finish of a collection, it was rescheduled for Friday in San Diego.
The groups nonetheless could not escape dangerous climate. A uncommon storm that introduced rain, lightning and thunder to San Diego prompted a delay of 1 hour, 5 minutes.
“It’s confirmed, we’ve got a tarp. In order that’s good to know,” Tingler stated. “It felt like for a second this recreation’s not alleged to occur or no matter, when it begins to rain in San Diego. However we received phrase that the storm was form of shifting out. We knew we have been going to play, we simply didn’t understand how a lot it was going to get pushed again.”
Knehr was the starter within the recreation that was suspended.
The Braves’ batterymates from that suspended recreation are now not on the lively roster. Bryse Wilson was traded to Pittsburgh on July 30 and catcher Stephen Vogt is on the injured checklist.
Padres: Positioned C Austin Nola on the 10-day injured checklist, retroactive to Sept. 22, with a strained left thumb and stated he’ll want surgical procedure. C Webster Rivas was recalled from Triple-A El Paso.
Braves RHP Huascar Ynoa (4-5, 3.43 ERA) is scheduled to start out Saturday night time. The Padres hadn’t introduced a starter.