MLB: San Diego 4, Atlanta 2

Aug. 4, 2009 at 1:21 AM

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Mat Latos pitched seven innings of two-run ball, Will Venable had three hits, one RBI and one run scored and the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta 4-3 Monday.

Latos (3-1), a rookie, limited the Braves to six hits while walking two and striking out three in earning his third straight victory in just four career starts.

Heath Bell pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to get his 27th save.

Kyle Blanks homered and Kevin Kouzmanoff and Oscar Salazar each drove in a run for San Diego, which has won six of its last seven games.

Adam LaRoche homered and Brian McCann drove in a run for Atlanta, which lost its second straight game and its fifth out of seven.

Braves' starter Kenshin Kawakami (5-9) went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

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