Paul Maholm's control was shaky in the first inning as he issued two walks – one with the bases loaded – in a three-run frame. He also gave up a two-run single to Logan Forsythe in what would be a critical inning.
Maholm also gave up a decisive two-run homer to Chris Denorfia in the fifth, bringing Maholm's line to four earned runs (five total) over 5 2/3 innings.
That contrasted heavily to Padres starter Edinson Volquez, who gave up one run in seven innings by way of an RBI-single from Justin Upton. Upton also hit a solo homer off reliever Joe Thatcher in the eighth inning, but he took strike three from Nick Vincent to end the ballgame. That was Upton's first home run since May 17, giving him 15 for the year.
In more positive developments for the Braves, Dan Uggla continued his slow progression with a knock, and Jason Heyward recorded a single and a double to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Upton's two-hit game was also a positive sign in his small but important three-game streak.
The sweep was the first time the Padres have broken out the brooms against Atlanta since 2005. It was also the second time the Braves have been swept this season, the first coming at the hands of the Detroit Tigers in April.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Chris Denorfia, Edinson Volquez, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, MLB, Paul Maholm, San Diego Padres
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