Fried brilliant in 3-hitter, Braves silence Padres 4-0


Atlanta Braves’ Dansby Swanson, right, reacts with teammate Eddie Rosario after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Max Fried retired his last 18 batters and finished with a three-hitter for his second career shutout, and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 4-0 to split an unusual night of baseball.

A few hours earlier, after a rare San Diego rain delay, Fernando Tatis Jr. homered leading off the top of the seventh inning and the Padres beat the Braves 6-5 in the resumption of a game that was suspended due to rain in Atlanta on July 21.

The net effect was that the Braves’ lead over the Phillies is down to 1 1/2 games after Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh 8-6.

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