Padres 4, Braves 2

May 7, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) -- San Diego's Chris Young struck out eight Braves in six innings as the Padres beat the Atlanta 4-to-2 Monday night for their fifth win in six games.

Last year, Young went Oh-and-1 against the Braves in two starts -- both at San Diego. He gave up 13 runs and 15 hits in six

Tonight, he allowed two runs and two hits in six innings this time, walking two, to improve his season record to 4-and-2.

Scott Linebrink, Heath Bell and Trevor Hoffman completed the three-hitter, with Hoffman getting his ninth save in 11 chances to finish off San Diego's third straight victory.

Atlanta's Chuck James (3-3) gave up two runs, three hits and four walks in three and two-thirds innings, the first time in seven starts this season he has not lasted five innings.

Adrian Gonzalez homered in the second and Kevin Kouzmanoff made it 2-nothing with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fourth. After James reloaded the bases with a walk to Young, Oscar Villarreal relieved and got Marcus Giles to ground into a forceout.

San Diego made it 3-nothing in the fifth when Brian Giles scored from second when shortstop Chris Woodward threw wildly to first attempting to complete a double play on Josh Bard's grounder.

Atlanta closed within a run in the bottom half after a walk, hit batter and balk, getting Scott Thorman's R-B-I grounder and Woodward's run-scoring triple.

Paronto forced in a run in the sixth with a bases-loaded walk to Jose Cruz Junior.

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