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Freeman, La Stella hits push Braves past Padres 5-3

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman and Tommy La Stella emerged from midseason slumps with three hits apiece to help the Atlanta Braves to a 5-3 win on Saturday night over the San Diego Padres and give starter Julio Teheran his 10th win.

Freeman had gone 4-for-30 since the All-Star Game and seen his average fall to .283.

The first baseman went 3-for-5, his 12th three-hit game this season, with one RBI.

La Stella, the second baseman, had been 6-for-31 since the break but was 3-for-4 with a walk. They were a big part of Atlanta’s 11-hit attack.

The support helped Tehran (10-6), who entered the game with the best home ERA in the majors (1.23) but did not have his best stuff.

The right-hander was lifted for a pinch hitter after six innings, allowing three runs and nine hits with five strikeouts.

Atlanta relievers Shae Simmons, Anthony Varvaro, Jordan Walden and Craig Kimbrel finished with three scoreless innings.

Kimbrel, who lost on Thursday night, struck out the side in the ninth inning for his 31st save.

San Diego rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (2-2) suffered his worst start since making his debut on June 23.

He lasted only 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs (two earned), six hits and five walks with three strikeouts.

Despaigne had not allowed more than two runs in any of his previous six starts and took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the New York Mets.

The Braves scored a run in the second inning. Right fielder Jason Heyward walked, advanced to third on a ground-rule double by catcher Evan Gattis and came home on Chris Johnson’s grounder to third.

San Diego came back with two runs to take the lead in the fourth inning. Second baseman Yangervis Solarte and right fielder Seth Smith opened the inning with singles and scored when catcher Yasmani Grandal doubled to center field.

In the bottom of the inning, the Braves rallied for four runs and chased Despaigne. Johnson had an RBI single and came around to score on Teheran’s textbook squeeze bunt. The Braves scored their third run on Solarte’s throwing error and added another on Freeman’s single up the middle.

The Padres cut the lead to 5-3 in the fifth inning. Third baseman Chris Nelson led off with a double and scored on Solarte’s two-out single.

NOTES: The Braves unsuccessfully challenged a call by third base umpire Larry Vanover, who correctly ruled that 1B Freddie Freeman’s line drive was foul. The appeal took 1:45. … Atlanta recalled INF Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned INF Tyler Pastornicky. Gosselin was leading the International League with hits and batting .344. Atlanta activated RHP Anthony Varvaro from the paternity list and sent RHP Gus Schlosser back to Triple-A Gwinnett. … San Diego activated 1B Yonder Alonso (right wrist tendinitis) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned INF Jake Goebbert to Triple-A El Paso. Alonso was in Saturday’s starting lineup. Sore knees kept OF Carlos Quentin out of the San Diego lineup on Saturday. … Sunday’s game features Atlanta LHP Mike Minor (3-6, 5.32 ERA) against San Diego LHP Eric Stults (3-12, 5.00).