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Braves Swept Out Of San Diego With 5-3 Loss To Padres

Two double plays and some ill-timed strikeouts by Atlanta's offense, coupled with a long first inning for Paul Maholm, hurt Atlanta's chances to salvage the final game of the series.

Denis Poroy

Atlanta's visit to San Diego couldn't have been any less fun. Despite facing a 6.33 ERA in Edinson Volquez, the Braves were swept by the Padres by a final score of 5-3.

Spotting the opposition a 3-0 lead in the first inning is never a good idea, but that's exactly what happened. San Diego loaded the bases on a walk, a single, and a Dan Uggla throwing error; Paul Maholm walked Kyle Blanks to force in a run, and Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single to center.

Atlanta got one run back in the third inning on three straight one-out hits; Justin Upton chased home Andrelton Simmons on a single to left. Another double play off the bat of Freddie Freeman, though, killed the rally.

Maholm pitched three perfect innings after the first before Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer in the fifth to extend San Diego's lead to 5-1; that proved to be the decisive blow in the game.

Justin Upton blasted a one-out home run in the eighth off reliever Joe Thatcher, and Atlanta rallied for one in the ninth - Jordan Schafer singled home Dan Uggla - but Justin Upton took a borderline strike three with two on to end the game.

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