David Hale couldn't have asked for more from his major league debut in his hometown - at least as long as he was in the game.
Hale pitched five scoreless innings and struck out nine to set a record for a Braves pitcher in his first game before San Diego rallied against Atlanta's bullpen for a 4-3 win on Friday night.
Chase Headley hit a tying homer and Logan Forsythe drove in the go-ahead run in San Diego's two-run eighth that spoiled Hale's impressive start.
Forsythe's pinch-hit, go-ahead single off Scott Downs drove in Tommy Medica.
Hale was left with everything he wanted except for the win.
''It was a dream come true, it really was,'' Hale said. ''I had so much adrenaline. Adrenaline helps, I guess.''
Hale, from Marietta, Ga., near Atlanta, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sept. 5. He filled in for left-hander Paul Maholm, who was skipped in the rotation because of a sore left elbow. An MRI on Wednesday showed no ser...