While Julio Teheran could use a little help from the rest of the Atlanta Braves, Odrisamer Despaigne needed no such backing from the San Diego Padres his last time out.
Teheran may need to overcome a sputtering offense to continue his dominance at Turner Field on Saturday night against the Padres, who turn to Despaigne for the first time since his near no-hitter.
Teheran (9-6, 2.64 ERA) leads Atlanta (55-48) in ERA and strikeouts (127), and the right-hander's win total ties Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang for the most on the staff.
The 23-year-old, however, has lost out on a few victories since he's been backed by two runs or fewer in 11 of his 21 starts. He's gone 1-5 with a 2.82 ERA in those outings.
Run support was a problem again Monday for Teheran, who tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and allowed one run over seven innings while the offense managed just six hits in a 3-1 loss in 10 against Miami.
"He's been so good," third baseman Chris Johnson said. "That's kind of what we expect. That's why it stinks as an offense. We know with a couple runs for him, we're good to go."
Teheran has been backed by one run in his two career starts against the Padres, but giving up nine runs and four homers in 12 2-3 innings was much more of an issue.
He may not need much at home, where he's 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA in 10 starts, including 3-0 with a 0.80 mark over the last six.
The offense remains a worry, though, after producing a .196 average with 16 runs during a 1-4 stretch, including four hits in Friday's 5-2 loss to San Diego (46-56) in the opener of this four-game wraparound series.
The Braves may find trouble at the plate again in their first meeting with Despaigne (2-1, 1.31), who is looking to build on his brush with history.
The 27-year-old rookie right-hander fell four outs shy of becoming the first Padre to toss a no-hitter, leaving after giving up two hits and one run while not getting a decision in a 3-1 win over the New York Mets on Sunday.
"I thought he was throwing well enough to think, 'Hey, it could happen,'" manager Bud Black told MLB's official website. "He had all four pitches working from different angles. His stuff was good enough to keep them off-balance."
The heavy workload - he tossed a season-high 123 pitches - was why Black opted to push Despaigne's scheduled start back one day.
"We decided 'Let's give him an extra day's rest,'" the manager said.
Despaigne, a Cuban defector, has yielded one run or none in four of his five starts since having his contract purchased from Triple-A El Paso.
Unlike Atlanta, the Padres are finding some success with the bats, hitting .318 with 26 runs during a three-game winning streak. Still, they're batting .218 in 2014 - the lowest by any team at this point in a season since the 1968 New York Yankees hit .213.
Rookie first baseman Tommy Medica and journeyman catcher Rene Rivera are among the reasons for San Diego's surprising production.
Medica is 7 for 10 with three RBIs in his last two games after going 1 for 21 over his previous 10. The first baseman pounded out a career-high four hits while driving in one run in his return to the lineup Friday.
Rivera has five hits, including a homer, and four RBIs in two games to raise his season average 20 points to .235.