Dan Uggla's three-run homer in the third inning gave Atlanta the lead and Paul Maholm threw seven strong innings to lead the Braves to a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
The Braves remained 4 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Washington, which earned a 6-4 win at San Francisco.
Uggla is hitting only .215 but has homers in two straight games, giving him 15. Jason Heyward had a two-run double in Atlanta's three-run fourth inning.
Edinson Volquez gave up six runs and seven hits and two walks in only 3 2-3 innings.
Following a six-game stretch where he was 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA, Volquez (7-9) has allowed four or more runs in four straight starts. He has not completed the fourth inning in his past three starts.
Maholm (11-7) gave up five hits and one run in seven innings in his first home win since his July 30 trade from the Cubs.
San Diego took a 1-0 lead on Logan Forsythe's third-inning homer, a fly ball that hit the net on the fair side of the left field foul p...