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

Colon, who has a 233-163 career record over 20 seasons, beat San Diego past year, allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings, and is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in seven career starts against the Padres.

The stadium has earned positive reviews from Braves players.

And the home of the Braves!

Weaver (0-1, 4.91 ERA) will be opposed by left-hander Jaime Garcia, who has a loss and a no-decision in two starts for the Braves after being acquired in a winter deal with St. Louis. When the Braves scored, the cheers were just as loud in the Battery as they were in SunTrust Park. Give me San Diego for the win. Jim Johnson would close it out for the Braves, working a 1-2-3 ninth.

ATLANTA (AP) - On a night of firsts, Ender Inciarte saved the best for last.

Nolan Arenado had three hits, including a home run off Matt Moore (1-2), who allowed five runs, 10 hits and three walks in 52/3 innings.

There have not been many new stadiums around Major League Baseball.

In addition to Jones, Braves legends Hank Aaron, Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro, John Smoltz were present. Rojas also scored the winning run, racing home from first when Realmuto hit a 3-2 pitch to right-center field. He said the park has made a good first impression.

The Ciesielski family of Smyrna took advantage of one of their favorite restaurants' new location in the Battery, Antico Pizza. Ryan Schimpf walked and Erick Aybar was hit by a pitch, setting up Chacin's run-scoring dribbler and Manuel Margot's RBI single. Bartolo Colon pitched brilliantly going seven strong while limiting the Padres to one run on a lone hit. He got two victories for the US team that won the 1996 Olympic bronze medal at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium but was 0-3 against the Braves at Turner Field in six starts and three relief appearances for Texas, Seattle, the New York Mets and Toronto.

Schimpf, hitting.152, has three homers.

Weaver will try to slow Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips, who is 5-for-12 with a homer and four RBIs in the first three games of the series. The three-story Chop House bar was packed full of patrons, some holding beers that were aged with baseball bat wood. The stands were full before the first pitch, indicating no major traffic issues at a stadium that sits at one of the busiest interchanges in a city notorious for its bumper-to-bumper jams.

The Padres reinstated catcher Hector Sanchez from the seven-day concussion disabled list and recalled right-hander Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso. Anytime that a Braves pitcher is able to pitch more than five innings and the offense is healthy you have to like the Braves chances at home. "The bullpen picked me up and we won the (Wednesday) game".

"He was impressive in Colorado", Padres manager Andy Green said.

Cahill, 29, was 4-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 49 relief appearances and one start for the Chicago Cubs last season prior to signing with the Padres as a free agent over the winter.



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