Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Atlanta leads 2-1 (as of 8/15)

Game 1: Monday, August 13
San Diego4Final
Atlanta1
Game 2: Tuesday, August 14
San Diego0Final
Atlanta6
Game 3: Wednesday, August 15
San Diego1Final
Atlanta6
Game 4: Thursday, August 16
San Diego0Final
Atlanta6

Padres 1

(52-67, 25-37 away)

Braves 6

(68-49, 34-27 home)

7:10 PM ET, August 15, 2012

Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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SD 001000000 1 6 0
ATL 00330000 - 6 9 0

W: P. Maholm (11-7)

L: E. Volquez (7-9)

Padres-Braves Preview

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Paul Maholm seems to have made a seamless adjustment since joining the Atlanta Braves.

Perhaps the change in scenery will also result in a first victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night when the teams continue their four-game set.

Acquired from the Chicago Cubs before the trade deadline, Maholm (10-7, 3.50 ERA) is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his two starts with Atlanta. The latter outing was quite impressive -- a 95-pitch, three-hit shutout of the New York Mets on the road Friday in a 4-0 victory.

"It's pretty good to get off to a good start when you come over to a new team," Maholm told the team's official website. "To get the first win out of the way, obviously with it being a complete game, it's fun."

The left-hander is 6-1 with a 1.18 ERA over his last eight starts. For Maholm, though, victories over San Diego (52-66) have proven elusive -- he went 0-4 with a 4.86 ERA in five lifetime starts versus the Padres while pitching for Pittsburgh and has not faced them in 2012.

Atlanta (67-49) remained atop the NL wild-card chase after a 6-0 victory Tuesday night. Tim Hudson extended his personal winning streak to six games while combining with three relievers on a five-hitter as the Braves avoided a third straight loss.

"There's no one else I'd rather have out there than Huddy," second baseman Dan Uggla said. "Anytime we put him out there in a situation where we need a win, he's going to come through."

Martin Prado also came through with a three-run homer to put away the game and is 6 for 12 with two doubles, one triple and one homer and six RBIs while posting three straight multihit games.

Prado has never faced Padres scheduled starter Edinson Volquez (7-8, 4.03), but he may be able to take advantage of the struggling right-hander. Volquez has a 13.50 ERA over his last three starts, giving up 15 runs and 15 hits while walking 11 in 10 innings as his ERA has climbed nearly three-quarters of a run.

The offense bailed him out Friday at Pittsburgh, where he left after being tagged for six runs and seven hits -- two of them home runs -- and four walks in 3 1/3 innings before San Diego rallied for a 9-8 win.

"I think it's a mechanical issue, I really do," manager Bud Black told the team's website. "I think it starts with his stride, his stride direction and stride length, which I think has gotten away from him."

Volquez is 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in four lifetime starts against the Braves, whom he has not faced since 2010. Catcher Brian McCann, who is 4 for 31 (.129) in 10 games this month, is 3 for 7 with one double and one homer lifetime versus Volquez.

San Diego has been shut out 10 times and last failed to score runs in back-to-back games May 26-27 against the Mets at Citi Field.

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Gameday Matchup

 San DiegoAtlanta
W-L76-8694-68
Night49-6066-50
Grass76-8692-67
Current StreakW1W1
Last 104-67-3

Pitching Matchup

San DiegoAtlanta
E. Volquez
11-11, 4.14 ERA

Last Game:
9/30 at SD
4.0 IP, 2 ER
Dec = ND
P. Maholm
13-11, 3.67 ERA

Last Game:
10/1 at PIT
7.0 IP, 2 ER
Dec = Loss

Gameday Lineups

NO.San DiegoAtlanta
1. C. Denorfia, RF M. Bourn, CF
2. L. Forsythe, 2B M. Prado, LF
3. C. Headley, 3B J. Heyward, RF
4. C. Quentin, LF F. Freeman, 1B
5. Y. Alonso, 1B D. Uggla, 2B
6. C. Maybin, CF J. Francisco, 3B
7. E. Cabrera, SS B. McCann, C
8. N. Hundley, C P. Janish, SS
9. E. Volquez, P P. Maholm, P

Research Notes

Dan Uggla is 2 for 11 (.182) in his career against Padres starter Edinson Volquez with 5 strikeouts.

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