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Campillo, McCann key Braves' 12-3 rout of Padres

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[July 14, 2008]  SAN DIEGO (AP) -- All-Star catcher Brian McCann homered and drove in three runs to help the Atlanta Braves rout the San Diego Padres 12-3 on Sunday in the rubber game of the three-game series.

HardwareMcCann extended his on-base streak to eight straight. That includes three walks Saturday night and a walk and hit by pitch along with his 3-for-3 on Sunday.

The Braves went into the break at 45-50, 6 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the NL East.

The woeful Padres lost their second straight and are 37-58, 10 games behind Arizona in the NL West.

Rookie Jorge Campillo tossed six strong innings to even his record at 4-4. He had to leave the game in the top of the seventh when he fouled a pitch off his left foot.

Mark Teixeira had two doubles and two RBIs, and Brent Lillibridge went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.


The Braves took a 3-0 lead in the first on Teixeira's two-run double off Padres starter Randy Wolf (6-9). Atlanta chased Wolf with a five-run sixth inning that featured five singles, and tacked on three more runs in the ninth.

Wolf gave up six runs and six hits in five innings.

Braves starter Tim Hudson made his first Major League relief appearance in his nine year career, pitching a perfect eighth. He had made 301 previous starts.

Kevin Kouzmanoff, who had three hits, drove in two of the Padres runs with an RBI single in the first and his 12th home run in sixth off Campillo. Rookie Chase Headley hit his sixth home run, a 434-foot blast off reliever Mike Gonzalez in the ninth.

The 12 runs were the most the Braves have scored since May 21, when they beat the Mets 11-4 in Atlanta.

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The win was the 2,300 for manager Bobby Cox, the winningest skipper in Braves history (1,945). Cox ranks fourth in major league history.

Notes: Padres manager Bud Black will serve as pitching coach for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game in New York, where he will be joined by Padres 1B Adrian Gonzalez. ...3B Chipper Jones and McCann will be the Braves' representatives. ... Padres C Josh Bard was scheduled to catch for Class A Lake Elsinore on Sunday and will catch RHP Chris Young there on Wednesday. Young will be making his first rehab start since suffering a nasal fracture on May 21st. ... McCann leads all major league catchers with 18 home runs and 27 doubles. He has 53 RBIs and is hitting .302.

[Associated Press; By ALAN ROBINSON]

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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