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Three-run seventh dooms Braves

By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer

    SAN DIEGO — It wasn’t a good afternoon for left-handed starters at Petco Park.
    David Wells was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes, and Atlanta’s Jo-Jo Reyes didn’t last much longer in his big league debut.
    The San Diego Padres beat the Braves 8-5 Saturday behind home runs by Mike Cameron and Khalil Greene and some nice contributions from new left fielder Milton Bradley.
    The NL West-leading Padres snapped a four-game losing streak to the Braves, but only after absorbing another big hit by Andruw Jones.
    The Braves star hit a two-run triple into the right-center field gap off Heath Bell (3-2) to tie it at 5 with two outs in the seventh. On Friday night, he hit a two-run homer in Atlanta’s 7-4 win.
    San Diego rallied with three runs in the seventh. After Tyler Yates (2-1) loaded the bases on a double and two walks with one out, Greene drove in the go-ahead run with a grounder. Second baseman Yunel Escobar was charged with an error for his off-line throw to shortstop Edgar Renteria, which allowed Bradley to slide in safely.
    Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run single to left one pitch after fouling a ball off his left foot. He drove in three runs overall.
    Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances and the 507th of his career.
    But it was ‘‘Boomer’’ Wells who provided a good deal of the excitement. He was tossed for arguing with home plate umpire Ed Hickox after allowing Jeff Francoeur’s two-run homer in the fourth.
    After he was thrown out, the big left-hander had to be restrained by manager Bud Black, two coaches and catcher Josh Bard. Wells fired a ball against the screen as he walked off the field.
    Wells apparently was unhappy about not getting calls on outside pitches to Jones, who walked ahead of the home run, and then Francoeur, who drove a 1-2 pitch off a balcony on the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field corner of Petco Park.
    After one of his pitches was called a ball, Wells waved his glove in disgust.
    Wells approached Hickox while Francoeur was still rounding the bases following his 10th homer. The umpire appeared to order Wells back to the mound with the indication that he’d be tossed if he didn’t.
    Hickox turned and headed back to the plate when Wells followed him and gestured for him to turn around.
    Hickox, an Eagle Scout and a police officer in Florida in the offseason, turned around and ejected Wells, who learned to play baseball by playing catch with members of the Hells Angels in a rough-edged San Diego neighborhood.
    Reyes, starting in place of injured All-Star John Smoltz, took a 3-1 lead into the fourth. But that’s when the 22-year-old from up the freeway in Riverside faltered.
    Reyes walked Marcus Giles and Adrian Gonzalez before Cameron hit a full-count pitch into the Padres bullpen beyond the fence in right-center for a 4-3 lead.
    Bradley beat out a single to short and Greene singled to chase Reyes. Bradley eventually scored on Kouzmanoff’s sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead.
    The 44-year-old Wells allowed three runs and four hits in three innings, struck out one wand walked one. Reyes gave up five runs and five hits in three innings, struck out one and walked three.
    Bradley made his first appearance eight days after being obtained in a trade with Oakland. Activated from the disabled list before the game, Bradley beat out an infield single, walked, scored two runs and made a nice play in left field.
    Bradley and center fielder Cameron converged on Chipper Jones’ fly ball in the third inning. The ball ticked off Cameron’s glove and bounced off Bradley’s right shoulder before the newcomer grabbed it with his bare hand, bobbled it twice and held on to end the inning.
    Greene’s solo shot with two outs in the second was his 15th, tying his club record for homers by a shortstop in a season. Greene had 15 homers in each of the last three seasons, all of which were interrupted by injuries. His homer off Reyes reached the second deck in left.
    
    Notes: Doug Brocail, activated from the disabled list before the game, came on after Wells was tossed and pitched three scoreless innings. He also singled in the fourth, his first hit since he tripled against Montreal on Sept. 16, 1995, while with Houston.

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