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Fried brilliant in 3-hitter, Braves silence Padres 4-0

Sat Sep 25 2:53am ET
By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried, right, celebrates with catcher Travis d'Arnaud after throwing a complete game as the Braves defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 in the baseball game Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried, right, celebrates with catcher Travis d'Arnaud after throwing a complete game as the Braves defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 in the baseball game Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


San Diego Padres relief pitcher Austin Adams reacts after getting the third out during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies takes a moment to clear dirt from his eyes after reaching first base on a wild pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. runs as he lines out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried works against a San Diego Padres batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves' Dansby Swanson reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves' Dansby Swanson, right, reacts with teammate Eddie Rosario after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves' Dansby Swanson, left, reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run as San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado looks on during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


San Diego Padres starting pitcher Reiss Knehr works against an Atlanta Braves batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies loses his helmet on his way to scoring from second base off an RBI-single by Austin Riley during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., left, celebrates with second baseman Jake Cronenworth after the Padres defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-5 in the resumption of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. The game was originally played July 21, 2021, but was suspended in the middle of the fifth inning due to rain.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. reacts with teammates after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr., right, reacts with teammate Manny Machado after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. hits a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley throws to first for the out on San Diego Padres' Wil Myers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves' Adam Duvall watches his home run hit during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves' Adam Duvall, left, reacts after hitting a home run as San Diego Padres catcher Victor Caratini looks on during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves' Adam Duvall, right, reacts with third base coach Ron Washington after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Atlanta Braves pitcher Jesse Chavez reacts as he works against a San Diego Padres batter during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


SAN DIEGO (AP) Max Fried was absolutely brilliant at just the right time for the Atlanta Braves.

Fried retired his last 18 batters and finished with a three-hitter for his second career shutout, and the NL East-leading Braves beat the San Diego Padres 4-0 Friday to split an unusual night of baseball.

A few hours earlier, after a rare San Diego rain delay, Fernando Tatis Jr. homered leading off the top of the seventh inning and the Padres beat the Braves 6-5 in the resumption of a game that was suspended due to rain in Atlanta on July 21.

The net effect was that the Braves' lead over the Phillies is down to 1 1/2 games after Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh 8-6.

San Diego had no chance against Fried (13-7), a Southern California native and former Padres farmhand whose only other nine-inning complete-game shutout came seven starts earlier, on Aug. 20 at Baltimore, a 3-0 win in which he threw a four-hitter. He also had a rain-shortened, six-inning complete game on Aug. 1, 2019, against Cincinnati.

''I definitely know that it felt really good,'' Fried said. ''It felt like we really had the advantage today, especially the situation where we're at in the year.''

Fried threw 98 pitches in winning his sixth straight decision over 10 starts. After the last out, he and catcher Travis d'Arnaud hugged near the first-base line. Fried, backed by solid defense all night, completely shut down the Padres after Tatis doubled leading off the fourth. Fried struck out four and walked none. He induced 17 groundball outs.

Dansby Swanson hit a two-run homer for the Braves in the nightcap.

''That was a special performance,'' Swanson said of Fried. ''He was awesome. That was like ace-worthy, like super-ace worthy, right? Especially at this point in the year, you need a big game against a team that's really talented, chasing the playoffs as well, and to do something like that is special.

''I counted three hard-hit balls tonight against him. He completely dominated.''

The Padres continued to plummet toward the biggest collapse in franchise history and were pushed closer to playoff elimination. San Diego is seven games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card with eight to play, while also trailing Philadelphia and Cincinnati. The Padres had a one-game lead for the second wild card on Sept. 9.

Fried was masterful against the Padres, who traded him to Atlanta in a six-player deal that brought Justin Upton to San Diego on Dec. 19, 2014. It was one of many deals in the Padres' ill-fated attempt to win with high-priced veterans.

Fried pitched in front of several family members who came down from the Los Angeles area.

''It was special,'' he said. ''Obviously with me being across the country, they don't get to see me in person a lot.''

Fried hasn't lost since July 28 at the New York Mets.

Swanson hit his 27th homer with one out in the second off rookie Reiss Knehr (1-1). Austin Riley hit an RBI single in the first and Adam Duvall drove in a run with a base hit in the sixth.

Knehr allowed three runs and five hits in four innings.

In the resumption of the suspended game, the Padres, wearing their home white uniforms, were the visiting team in their own ballpark. Tatis' 41st homer, off Will Smith, regained the lead for the Padres after Braves pinch-hitter Duvall tied it with a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth.

''You always feel good with Tatis at the plate,'' manager Jayce Tingler said. ''That was just a great at-bat. He was on some pitches, laid off some tough pitches, got it to 3-2 and to be able to drive the ball a touch right of center - impressive. But we've seen him do it. Huge at-bat.''

Daniel Hudson (5-2) got the win and Mark Melancon pitched the seventh for his 38th save. Hudson wasn't with the Braves when the July 21 game began. Smith (3-9) took the loss.

On July 21, the Padres won the first game of a split doubleheader and were leading the second game 5-4 in the fifth inning when it was suspended after a delay of 3 hours, 3 minutes. Since it was at the end of a series, it was rescheduled for Friday in San Diego.

The teams still couldn't escape bad weather. A rare storm that brought rain, lightning and thunder to San Diego prompted a delay of 1 hour, 5 minutes.

''It is confirmed, we have a tarp. So that's good to know,'' Tingler said. ''It felt like for a moment this game's not supposed to happen or whatever, when it starts to rain in San Diego. But we got word that the storm was kind of moving out. We knew we were going to play, we just didn't know how much it was going to get pushed back.''

Knehr was the starter in the game that was suspended.

The Braves' batterymates from that suspended game are no longer on the active roster. Bryse Wilson was traded to Pittsburgh on July 30 and catcher Stephen Vogt is on the injured list.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: Placed C Austin Nola on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 22, with a strained left thumb and said he'll need surgery. C Webster Rivas was recalled from Triple-A El Paso.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Huascar Ynoa (4-5, 3.43 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday night. The Padres hadn't announced a starter.

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