ATLANTA - After watching his team equal its season-high for consecutive victories with three, manager Bobby Cox thought his Atlanta Braves had turned the proverbial corner and were beginning to play consistent ball.
He was wrong.
Sunday afternoon, Cox could only watch as San Diego took advantage of spotty defense by the Braves to post a 6-5 win before a Turner Field crowd of 25,636 fans.
"We could have had a nice homestand but we didn't play good enough to win," Cox said. "We made mental mistakes and errors again, mistakes that cost us a couple of runs. We had our chances, but we've got start playing smarter and better baseball."
Case in point: In top of the first, Trenidad Hubbard was on first base when Mark Kotsay hit a slow bouncer to Rafael Furcal at short. Furcal tried to get the force at second but Hubbard was already on the bag when Marcus Giles took the throw. One batter later, Hubbard scored the unearned run on a groundout by Ryan Klesko.
Despite the miscues, Atlanta still had a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth only to have Andruw Jones take a called third strike from Padres closer Trevor Hoffman. Earlier Hoffman had given up a run-scoring single to Gary Sheffield to account for the final 6-5 score. Hoffman's save was his 12th this year.
"We haven't exactly been lighting it up either, but this was still a big win for us," said outfielder Bubba Trammel, who homered in four at-bats for San Diego. "We needed to end this road trip on a positive note."
San Diego, which was 6-19 in games played at Turner Field, had lost five straight.
Tom Glavine (5-2) took the loss after being charged with six runs, five earned on eight hits and two walks in five innings of work.
"I think I only made a couple of bad pitches. But at this level, a bad pitch or two can be the difference between a good outing and a bad one," Glavine said. "Today's definitely qualifies as the latter."
Reliever Jason Boyd (1-0) picked up his first major league win for San Diego with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after the Braves scored four times off starter Bobby Jones, one coming on Darren Bragg's first homer in an Atlanta uniform.
The former Georgia Tech standout had not homered since June 26, 2000, when he played for Colorado.