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ATL@SD: Hudson's triple puts the Padres on the board

SAN DIEGO -- The steady string of starts that Aaron Harang has brought to the Padres since being signed as a free agent took a turn for the worse on Tuesday night.

Harang served up eight runs, including three homers, to the Atlanta Braves as the Padres fell, 8-2, in the second game of a three-game set at PETCO Park.

Entering the game with wins in each of his first four starts with his hometown club, Harang (4-1) was hit hard from the start in this one, allowing a two-run shot to Chipper Jones in the first. That matched the most runs Harang had surrendered in any of his previous starts, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harang is the only pitcher to have won four starts in a row to begin his Padres career.

"It didn't seem like I could locate anything," Harang said. "It was one of those games, and you're going to have them every once in a while. They're an aggressive team, a fastball-hitting team, and if you can't locate your pitches, they basically showed what's going to happen."

The eight runs allowed are also the most by a Padres starter since Aug. 26, when Kevin Correia surrendered nine against Arizona.

Another home run against Harang came in the second off the bat of David Ross, who also belted a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth that put the game out of reach for the Padres.

With the pair of homers on Tuesday, Ross, who was Harang's batterymate when the two played together in Cincinnati, improved to 4-for-9 career against Harang with three homers.

"You kind of know their tendencies more than other guys," Ross said of pitchers he has also caught. "As a catcher, you know that guys go to their strength when they're behind sometimes. [Harang] didn't make the pitch both times. He's got good stuff. I was fortunate to get a couple off him."

The three walks issued by Harang were a season high as well, and according to manager Bud Black, played a big part in his downfall.

"I think the ball was up in the strike zone, and them connecting did [Harang] in tonight," Black said. "The walks came back to haunt him. He got some pitches up in the zone that they squared up, Ross especially. I think the undoing was the walks and the pitches up."

As has been the case of late, the San Diego offense, which had scored only 14 runs in its past eight games, including three shutouts, struggled to get back into the game after the large deficit. Orlando Hudson tripled home the Padres' first run in the fourth.

Braves starter Jair Jurrjens (2-0) tossed his first career complete game, and mostly kept the Padres in check.

Ryan Ludwick was another of the few positives in the lineup one night after he homered twice, collecting two doubles but getting stranded at second base both times.

Brad Hawpe, who had snapped an 0-for-18 slump on Monday with a pair of doubles, also drove a ball right field for another double and scored San Diego's second run.

"Two hard-hit balls [by Ludwick], two bullets for doubles," Black said. "It was good to see Brad get a base hit there at the end with hard contact. Besides that, we just couldn't get to Jurrjens. He had a low pitch count, a good slider and good split, located his fastball. We just couldn't get anything going."

Padres reliever Evan Scribner, who was recalled from Triple-A Tucson on Monday, pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits in his Major League debut.

"It's always good to see a guy make his Major League debut and be successful," Black said. "That was a bright spot tonight for us and for Evan."

Scribner himself found that his nerves did not act up as much as he expected, even when he was sent back out for a second inning, which was a rarity in his Minor League experience.

"I was not as nervous as I thought I'd be, but I was throwing strikes and that's all you can ask for, really," Scribner said. "It hasn't really hit me yet. I'm not sure when it will, but hopefully it does soon." Comments