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Ludwick's bat leads Padres to fourth straight win

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San Diego Padres right fielder Chris Denorfia (13) puts his team ahead with an RBI single in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta Tuesday, May 31, 2011. San Diego Padres right fielder Chris Denorfia (13) puts his team ahead with an RBI single in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

ATLANTA (AP) - Ryan Ludwick had an RBI single in the three-run seventh, Heath Bell struggled to earn a fourth straight save and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high fourth consecutive victory.

The Padres haven't won four consecutive games since they had a five-game streak last Aug. 15-19. They also took a series against the Braves for just the second time in the last 13 tries.

Ludwick, who went 4 for 5, has hit safely in 15 of 18 games, raising his batting average 77 points to .258 since May 10. He finished the month with 23 RBIs.

Bell survived a tough ninth to earn his 14th in 15 chances.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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