Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Braves beat Padres 5-2 on opening night at new stadium

Atlanta has won three straight following a five-game losing streak, including its first two games at SunTrust Park.

Ready to be home: Several Braves players talked about their eagerness to finally play in front of a home audience after a week and a half on the road, and they repaid the sold-out crowd with solid, error-free baseball.

Erick Aybar took one for the team when Julio Teheran pegged him with a 91 miles per hour four-seamer.

As the Braves battled the San Diego Padres Friday night inside SunTrust Park, Braves fans who could not score tickets to the game milled around the Battery, the mixed-use development just outside the stadium.

Atlanta was able to finish out on top, handing the San Diego Padres their sixth loss of the game, as they defeated them 2-5. He gave up both San Diego runs, working around four walks and two hit batters.

Michael Wacha (1-1) struck out eight for struggling St. Louis but allowed two homers and four runs over six innings (see full recap).

Weaver allowed two bases-empty home runs but just one other hit in six innings.

Following the fanfare of the opening ceremonies, which featured Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Chipper Jones and Bobby Cox and singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips, among others, center fielder Ender Inciarte snagged a first-pitch fly ball and recorded the first out in SunTrust history.

Julio Teheran wasn't almost as sharp as he had been while not allowing an earned run in his first two starts, but the right-hander got the victory despite allowing 11 baserunners in six innings.

Markakis, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, Georgia, put the Braves ahead in the first with a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin (1-2). Manager Andy Green said he is encouraged Perdomo should miss only two starts and get activated from the DL.

"I was born 10 years too early", Jones said, adding he believes the Braves' new home will be better for hitters.

"The back wasn't an issue and I didn't think about it", Cahill said. "I went up there and said, 'You know what, I'm going to try to hit this ball as far as I can, ' and the next thing you know I did".

After hosting an exhibition and a college game, this was the first real test for SunTrust Park. But Chacin and Manuel Margot had two-out RBI singles in the second to tie the game for the Padres (5-6) as Teheran's streak of not allowing an earned run came to an end at 23 2/3 innings dating to last season. But with two off days this week, manager Brian Snitker decided go with Teheran on Friday instead. RHP R.A. Dickey (0-1, 4.76 ERA) will start for the Braves on Saturday night in the second game of four-game series, with LHP Clayton Richard (1-1, 2.57 ERA) pitching for the Padres.

Braves: RHP Bartolo Colon (0-1) is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts against the Padres. He was part of Team USA at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium during the 1996 Olympics and an opposing pitcher when the team played at Turner Field. He threw 67 of 105 pitches for strikes in his second complete game in 91 major league starts.

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