Atlanta Braves win Opener at new SunTrust Park


The Braves are playing their first regular-season game in SunTrust Park, the new stadium that replaced Turner Field.

Then, Ender Inciarte had the first hit and first home run at the new stadium as the Braves went on to beat the Padres, 5-2.

By the sixth, with the Braves hanging onto a 3-2 lead after a Julio Teheran single in the fourth, Inciarte had another first to record: the first SunTrust home run.

It was the first home run of the season for both Phillips and Garcia, with Phillips connecting to left-center field on a 1-0 pitch from Richard (1-2) and Garcia sending a 3-1 offering to right-center to the delight of a second straight sellout of 41,149 at the new ballpark.

Jim Johnson pitched a flawless ninth for his third save. The game did not start until 7:53 p.m. ET because of the festivities. Left-hander Wade Miley (1-0) won his first decision of the year. Inciarte and Freddie Freeman, who reached on an intentional walk, scored on Phillips' two-out single up that middle that knocked Cahill out of the game. "He's getting pitches and not missing them". This dates back all the way back to the 6th inning, Monday.

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Inciarte on the home run: "It's happening right now". Joe Panik singled leading off the seventh. He didn't issue a walk while striking out five before being pulled for a pinch hitter.

With three homers in two games, Inciarte matched his power output for all of last season. Porcello (1-1) gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings, halting the majors' longest active streak of pitching at least six innings at 20 games.

Covey walked three and struck out one in 5 1-3 innings.

But logistics aside, will the team win at its new home?

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Cahill, 29, was 4-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 49 relief appearances and one start for the Chicago Cubs last season prior to signing with the Padres as a free agent over the winter.

The Padres tied it up in the second, taking advantage of Teheran's wildness. Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty homered late for St. Louis.

"I battled pretty much all game", said Chacin, who allowed four runs over five-plus innings.

Roberto Osuna (1-0) had allowed Jonathan Schoop's sacrifice fly in the top half. "Now you have a starter, who, just because he's a little banged up, you don't have to put him out there". He is 0-6 with a 7.60 ERA during the stretch. He was charged with five runs and 10 hits.

Ramirez had a career-high six RBIs with home runs in the first off Verlander (1-1) and in the eighth against Anibal Sanchez.

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J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, and Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, and Seth Smith also connected. The 2011 AL Cy Young Award victor and MVP also gave up nine runs against the Chicago White Sox on April 6, 2008, and versus Texas on May 25, 2014. His infield single with two outs put the Braves back ahead as Tyler Flowers scored from second base as the throw to first base bounced away from Wil Myers.