1969: Bats Come to Life as Padres Beat Atlanta

July 19, 1969, Atlanta: Braves 6, Padres 2 (box score)

Four Padres enjoyed multi-hit games and Joe Niekro shut down the Braves in Atlanta.

San Diego batters jumped on starter George Stone right away. With two on and two out, Al Ferrara doubled to right, giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. After Ed Spiezio walked, Ivan Murrell singled home Ferrara.

In the fifth, the Padres did more damage. Ollie Brown led off with a single. Nate Colbert popped up for the first out, but Al Ferrara followed with a single, setting the stage for Ed Spiezio, who knocked a three-run homer to left. The Padres now led, 6-0.

The Braves scored their lone run against Niekro in the sixth on the strength of three straight two-out singles. After that, Niekro recovered and went the distance to improve his record to 5-6.

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