SAN DIEGO – After concluding their final road trip with a 4-3 victory over the Padres on Sunday afternoon, the Braves returned to Atlanta with a chance to be rewarded for the impressive turnaround they built over the course of the last two months.
When the Braves struck a handful of season-modifying trade deals on July 30, they were five games away from the National League East run and still one week away from producing their first record of wins of the season.
The Braves are now 2.5 games ahead of the second-placed Phillies, who start a three-game series at Truist Park on Tuesday night. Atlanta enters this divisive showdown with its magic number at five to win a fourth consecutive crown from NL East.
Joc Pederson started the Braves with a two-strikeout solo homerun in the second inning of the series final against the Padres. Austin Riley and Travis d’Arnaud each doubled and scored in a two-run fourth against San Diego starter Joe Musgrove.