SAN DIEGO — The Atlanta Braves did everything they could against the San Diego Padres in a three-game series, except win.
They worked over Petco Park as best they could, outhitting the Padres in every game.
Yet they were swept, losing 5-3 on Wednesday. Edinson Volquez struck out a season-high nine in seven innings as he rebounded from the worst start of his career and Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer.
The Padres, who’ve won six of eight, swept the Braves in San Diego for the first time since May 19-21, 2005.
The Braves, who have lost five of seven, were swept for just the second time this season. The first was at Detroit April 26-28.
Rookie Nick Vincent, the third Padres’ pitcher in the ninth, struck out Justin Upton looking for the final out with runners on first and third for his first career save.
It was his first opportunity this season and second of his career.
“We had the right guy at the plate in the ninth with Justin,” Gonzalez said. “That’s the way baseball is sometimes. You run into a hot team and you don’t get any breaks. That’s just the way it goes.”
“We thought we did all we could,” Upton said. “We swung the bats well, we played solid defense. Sometimes the game doesn’t go your way, and it didn’t work out for us.”
Atlanta outhit San Diego 25-20 in the series.
“Nothing to take away from the Padres, but this was a weird series,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We outhit them all three games, but we lost all three. Let’s not forget that.”
“The whole series, we hit rockets. I mean rockets. I’m not taking anything away from the San Diego Padres. They still beat us three straight. We just didn’t catch anything,” he said.
Denorfia homered to left field with one out in the fifth off Paul Maholm, his third. Everth Cabrera was on second after hitting a single and stealing his 30th base, tops in the majors.
Atlanta starter Paul Maholm (7-5) allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits in 5⅔ innings while striking out three and walking four.