Padres 7, Braves 2
Joey Devine was one pitch away from a memorable big league debut.
Then Xavier Nady made it a day for the rookie to forget.
Nady hit his first career grand slam, off Devine, with two outs in the 13th inning to lead the San Diego Padres past Atlanta, 7-2, on Saturday, handing the Braves their third straight loss at Turner Field.
Devine (0-1), the Braves' first-round pick in the June draft, was called up from Class AA Mississippi, took an early morning flight to Atlanta and got into his first game on 45 minutes of sleep.
The 21-year-old right-hander pitched a scoreless 12th and was on the verge of escaping a bases-loaded jam in the 13th, pushing the count to 1-2 on Nady with a steady stream of fastballs clocked as high as 96 mph.
With the crowd roaring -- including Devine's father, sitting behind home plate wearing a red N.C. State T-shirt -- the rookie left a fastball over the plate. Nady sent a 415-foot drive into the center field seats.
"I knew I had hit it good," said Nady, who was hitless in his first five at-bats. "I looked up as I rounded first base, and when I saw it was out, I was beside myself. The best part was looking in the dugout and seeing their reaction."
Devine wanted to throw a high fastball to Nady.
"I didn't get it up in the zone enough," the rookie said. "It was pretty much right down Broadway. I felt strong. I was just one pitch away from getting out of that inning."
The Padres loaded the bases on Eric Young's single and two walks, one of them intentional. After Nady's 13th homer, the Padres added a run on Miguel Olivo's run-scoring single off John Foster.
"You've got to overcome adversity if you're going to be a successful player," Devine said. "I'll come to the ballpark tomorrow with a smile on my face."
Nady was the only hitter to face Devine twice, leading off the 12th with a weak grounder to the pitcher.
"That definitely helped," Nady said. "The second at-bat, you know what he has."
First-place Atlanta has its first three-game home losing streak. Overall, it's only the third time the Braves have lost three in a row.
"We better get it turned around quick," Chipper Jones said. "We need to pitch better and hit better. About the only thing we're doing is playing defense."