The baseball landed 445 feet away. Logan Forsythe appeared to round the bases in about, oh, 4.45 seconds.

Looking like a man trying to make up for three months of lost time in one swing – his first cut of the season with the Padres -- Forsythe almost made a home-run trot look like a triple for the first three of those four bases. His solo shot provided the second run in the Padres’ 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park.

Pitching against the ballclub that made him its first-round draft choice in 1996 and brought him up to team with the likes of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, 34-year-old right-hander Jason Marquis allowed the East Division-leading Braves just five hits and two runs over 7 2/3 innings. The win was Marquis' seventh straight decision without a loss, improving his overall record to 8-2.

Simultaneously, it was the third time this season Marquis has gone that deep into a game and a gigantic favor to the Padres bullpen, grown weary from extra-inning games that were starting to get habitual.

“It’s (been) taxing on our bullpen,” Marquis said. “Guys have changed roles since (Huston Street) went on the DL and it’s good to get them some good rest ... I have all the confidence in them, but it’s tough when you’re a little bit tired and fatigued."

Indeed, the Braves did jump hard on reliever Tim Stauffer, thunderous rookie Evan Gattis driving home three runs in the ninth with his fourth career pinch-hit homer. Dale Thayer gave up Jason Heyward's second solo homer of the game before ending things with a strikeout.

The biggest blow for the Padres was Will Venable’s three-run blast in the fourth, but that’s almost become routine at Padres’ home games, given the fact that Venable’s struck seven of his eight homers at Petco Park. This one was a line drive that came with Carlos Quentin and Kyle Blanks, each of whom had singled off Julio Teheran, on base for a 5-0 lead.