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Padres set Petco record for runs

SAN DIEGO - In one afternoon, the San Diego Padres piled up the kind of numbers that might normally take them an entire homestand to accomplish.

Making their spacious downtown ballpark look more like a bandbox, the Padres routed the Atlanta Braves, 17-2, on Monday.

San Diego’s 17 runs were its highest total for a home opener and the most by any team at Petco Park since it opened in 2004. The Padres also had 19 hits.

Will Venable hit a two-run homer to highlight the 10-run fourth inning. Kyle Blanks homered, doubled and drove in a career-high five runs.

Venable (triple, single, homer) and Blanks (double, homer, single) each finished a hit shy of the cycle. No Padres batter has ever hit for the cycle. Venable scored four runs and drove in two, and Blanks scored three times in San Diego’s 42nd home opener.

“It definitely shows that we were definitely on our game at the plate,” Blanks said. “I believe every starter had a hit today. It’s nice to see that from everybody, and obviously it showed on the scoreboard. If every game could be like that, it’d definitely be a perfect world.”

Previous Padres teams groused about Petco’s vast outfield, which routinely swallowed up balls that would be homers in other ballparks.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s a very nice ballpark to play in,” said Blanks, who made his big league debut last year. “I love playing here, as well as everyone else on the team. We love being here, we love playing here. It’s always nice to be at home and play at home, and it’s definitely a comfort zone to come in here.”

The beneficiary was Kevin Correia (1-1), a San Diego native who made the start because of Chris Young’s balky right shoulder. Correia allowed two runs and four hits in 52/3 innings, and also had a two-run single in the fourth.

“You never turn down runs,” said Correia, who batted twice in the fourth. “It might be in the back of your head that you don’t need two at-bats in one inning, but any run you can tack on is going to be helpful.”

Correia and Edward Mujica and Adam Russell held the Braves to four hits. The previous Petco Park record for runs was 15 by the Braves on July 14, 2006. The most by the Padres was 13 against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 6, 2004.

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