Padres score late to beat Braves

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Author: Ethan Sands

Published on: 2022-05-15 15:17:28

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ATLANTA — The Padres have been a late-inning team since signing Manny Machado prior to the 2019 season, scoring a combined 837 runs from the sixth through the ninth innings once the star third baseman came aboard.

The Padres have scored 22 runs in the final four innings of their most recent seven games this season, with 14 coming in the three-game series against the Braves at Truist Park. That doesn’t include the four runs that crossed the plate in the 11th inning on Sunday afternoon to seal a 7-3 victory and series win over Atlanta.

“I was just texting [manager] Bob [Melvin] earlier, after the game here, just about the grit that the team is showing right now,” said interim manager Ryan Christenson, who’s filling in while Melvin recovers from successful prostate surgery. “Just the whole series, really, like we were…

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