SAN DIEGO (AP) - Will Venable's two-run homer highlighted a
10-run fourth inning and Kyle Blanks homered, doubled and drove in
a career-high five runs as the San Diego Padres routed the Atlanta
Braves 17-2 in their home opener on Monday.
The Padres hit and scored as if they were playing in a bandbox
rather than spacious Petco Park. Their 17 runs, on 19 hits, were
the most by any team at the downtown ballpark since it opened in
Venable (triple, single, homer) and Blanks (double, homer,
single) each finished a hit shy of the cycle. No Padres batter has
ever hit for the cycle. Venable scored four runs and drove in two,
and Blanks scored three times.
Winner Kevin Correia (1-1) hit a two-run single in the fourth.
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