San Diego manager Bud Black says every start is an opportunity for young left-hander Robbie Erlin to learn another lesson.
The lesson against the Braves was for Erlin to keep his pitches down.
Erlin allowed only two runs in six innings but was hurt by a high fastball that Freddie Freeman hit for a homer in the sixth, and the Padres lost to the Braves 2-1 on Saturday night.
''Robbie's still developing,'' Black said. ''Every pitch he throws in the majors, it's a learning experience for him. Robbie pitched well enough to - in a lot of situations - get a `W.' He just got out-pitched tonight.''
Kris Medlen (14-12) allowed four hits over 7 1-3 scoreless innings to win his fourth straight start for Atlanta, which got its first victory this season over the Padres. San Diego won the first four games of the season series and came close to a comeback against Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.
The Braves led 2-0 before Chase Headley hit a ninth-inning homer off Kimbrel, who then pitched around a...