Soto homers as Padres snap Braves streak

Juan Soto snapped out of slumber with a home run, Nick Martinez pitched seven quality innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Wednesday night, snapping an eight-game winning streak.

The Braves, who had the longest active winning streak in the majors, suffered their first shutout of the season.

San Diego won for just the second time in eight games and will bring back star Fernando Tatis Jr. Thursday for the start of a four-game series in Arizona.

Tatis finished serving an 80-game suspension Wednesday for taking performance-enhancing drugs. However, he will not join the roster of active players until Thursday, when the Padres make the corresponding adjustment.

San Diego is looking for a boost from Tatis, an electrifying player who will patrol right field upon his return instead of playing shortstop, where he was an All-Star in 2021.

The star-studded roster in San Diego had scored just one run in their previous three games — all losses — and hadn’t led since Saturday, when the Padres beat Milwaukee 10-3.

Soto, who was hitting just .175 upon arrival, found a pitch from Charlie Morton (2-2) and slotted the ball over the fence in right-center field early in the fourth inning. It was his fourth home run of the season.

The win went to Martinez (1-1), who limited Atlanta to three hits, struck out six and walked two. Josh Hader pitched the ninth for five saves.

For the Braves, the Venezuelan Ronald Acuña Jr. 3-1. Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario 3-0. The Dominican Marcell Ozuna 1-0.

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For the Padres, the Dominicans Manny Machado 4-1, Soto 4-2 with one scored and one produced. The Venezuelan José Azocar of 3-1.

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