SAN DIEGO (AP) - With four pinch-hit home runs, rookie Evan Gattis is just one shy of matching the franchise record set by Butch Nieman in 1945.
``You think you see everything you are going to see in the game, then someone like him comes along and does what he's been doing.' Jason Heyward said after the Braves rallied for four runs in the ninth inning before losing to the San Diego Padres, 7-6 on Monday night.
Gattis' fourth pinch-homer, in eight at_bats, was impressive, a three-run shot to left field with one out in the ninth off Tim Stauffer to pull the Braves to 7-5. Dan Uggla and Chris Johnson were aboard on singles for Gattis' 14th homer overall. He leads all major league rookies with 14 homers and 37 RBIs.
``Going with the feel of what I've been working with, I just wanted to stay in there and not try to do too much,' Gattis said. ``That's usually when the bat head comes through a little bit better. I put a good swing on it and got a good pitch to hit.'
Gattis made 27 starts at catcher earlier in the season while Brian McCann was recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. He's also made 11 starts in left field.
As a pinch hitter, Gattis is 6 for 8 with 11 RBIS.
Heyward homered to straightaway center field with two outs in the ninth, his second solo shot of the game and fifth of the season. It came off Dale Thayer, who got the final two outs for his first save in three chances.
Seeing a four-run ninth inning ``is the bright side of the game,' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``You start seeing guys like Heyward and B.J. (Upton) and Justin (Upton) swinging the bats. And Gattis with his fourth pinch-hit home run. You just keep running him out when you get the situation. His swing works. He's got a short swing and he's a big, strong man.'
Logan Forsythe homered in his first at-bat of the season, Will Venable added a three-run homer and Jason Marquis won his seventh straight decision to lead the Padres.
Both homers came off rookie Julio Teheran, who had a no-hitter through 7 2-3 innings in his previous start.
Forsythe was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list earlier in the day to take the spot of rookie Jedd Gyorko, who was put on the 15-day DL with a strained groin.
Forsythe hit a two-out shot to left-center in the second, estimated at 445 feet.
Venable homered into the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Deck atop the right-field wall with one out in the fourth to give the Padres a 5-0 lead. Carlos Quentin and Kyle Blanks singled ahead of Venable's homer, his eighth.
Teheran (4-3) went six innings, allowing five runs and six hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Marquis (8-2) allowed Heyward's solo shot to right-center with one out in the eighth and then walked Freddie Freeman with two outs before making way for Tommy Layne. Marquis held Atlanta to two runs and five hits, walked five and struck out four.
Marquis has won seven straight decisions over nine starts, the second-longest streak of his career. His last loss was on April 22 to Milwaukee.
The Padres added two runs in the seventh on Yasmani Grandal's single and Marquis' double-play ball.
The Braves lost for just the third time in 10 games.
NOTES: To make room for Forsythe on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated C John Baker for assignment. ... Gyorko is hitting .284 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs. He has made 51 starts at second base and nine at third. He leads all rookies in batting average, hits (66), runs (36) and total bases (107) while ranking tied for the lead in doubles (17) and second in home runs and RBIs. Gyorko was hurt in a loss Sunday at Colorado. ... Forsythe was placed on the 15-day DL before the season with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 24. ... Padres closer Huston Street pitched a simulated game Monday. Street will pitch an inning Wednesday at Single-A Lake Elsinore. Street went on the 15-day DL June 1, retroactive to May 30, with a strained right calf. Manager Bud Black said Street threw well Monday.
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