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.
|San Diego Padres|
|August 11, 2012||Huston Street||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|July 31, 2012||Yasmani Grandal||15-Day DL||Strained oblique|
|July 28, 2012||Joe Thatcher||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|July 26, 2012||Joe Thatcher||15-Day DL||Right knee tendinitis|
|July 18, 2012||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 04, 2012||Andrew Cashner||15-Day DL||Strained muscle in right side|
|August 10, 2012||Chipper Jones||Day-to-Day||Back tightness|
|August 01, 2012||Jair Jurrjens||15-Day DL||Strained right groin|
|July 31, 2012||Tommy Hanson||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|July 20, 2012||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Right thumb surgery - out for season|
|July 14, 2012||Jack Wilson||15-Day DL||Dislocated right pinkie finger|
|July 09, 2012||Andrelton Simmons||Day-to-Day||Broken right pinkie|
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves hope they're seeing the start of another second-half hot streak by Dan Uggla .
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 for the season. He is hitting .267 with three homers and 13 RBIs in August.
"I'm getting some hits, driving some runners in and scoring some runs," Uggla said. "That's when you know you're getting back on track when you're creating some run production. That's the only thing I really care about, scoring runs and driving in runs."
This is the first time the All-Star second baseman has hit homers in back-to-back games this season.
Uggla was hitting only .173 on July 4 last season before he launched a dramatic turnaround. His career-best 33-game hitting streak, the longest for the Braves in their Atlanta era, helped him to be selected NL player of the month for August. He finished with a career-best 36 homers and lifted his average to a still-modest .233.
"We saw it last year," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "This is a good time for him to get hot and drive in some runs."
Jason Heyward had a two-run double in Atlanta's three-run fourth inning. Martin Prado had three hits.
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.
"It's kind of frustrating because I'm used to going deep in games," Volquez said. "Now the last three starts have been kind of short. We'll see what happens the next game."
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.
Maholm survived a fourth-inning jam when he walked Everth Cabrera to load the bases with one out. He then struck out Nick Hundley and Volquez to end the threat. Hundley was 0 for 4 and is hitting .157.
"Obviously, I'm not going to give into Cabrera when I have Hundley and the pitcher coming up," Maholm said.
"I try to keep the same mindset no matter what, not give in."
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 pole and barely cleared the wall. Forsythe stopped running before second base, apparently believing the ball was foul.
Volquez, who leads the majors with 86 walks, walked Uggla to open the second. Juan Francisco followed with a double, sending Uggla to third, but the Braves could not score. Uggla was thrown out at the plate by first baseman Yonder Alonso on Brian McCann 's grounder. Paul Janish hit a popup and Maholm struck out.
Uggla's three-run homer off Volquez was a line-drive shot that quickly reached the left-field seats.
"Wrong pitch," Volquez said. "I threw a fastball up in the zone and he put a pretty good swing to it."
The homer by Uggla saved the inning for the Braves after Prado was caught in a rundown between third base and home on Freddie Freeman 's grounder to Volquez. Uggla's homer drove in Heyward, who doubled, and Freeman.
Atlanta added three runs in the fourth. Michael Bourn 's groundout drove in Janish, who was hit by a pitch. Heyward's two-run double to center pushed the lead to 6-1 and knocked Volquez out of the game.
"It wasn't the bases on balls that got him," said Padres manager Bud Black of Volquez.
"If he executes a couple pitches, different story. The two-out home run to Uggla was a back-breaker. And then the two-out double to Heyward was a back-breaker."
Chad Durbin and Cory Gearrin each pitched a scoreless inning behind Maholm.
NOTES: The Padres are 3-3 with one game remaining on their seven-game road trip. ... Fans chanted "Bobby! Bobby!" when former Braves manager Bobby Cox moved through the crowd behind home plate in the fifth inning. ... Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens , on an injury rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett with a right groin strain, left Wednesday night's game at Norfolk due to dizziness. ... OF Matt Diaz , on the DL since July 21, will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery Wednesday to remove scar tissue and "foreign body" from his right thumb. ... 3B Chipper Jones was given a scheduled rest. ... Former Braves RHP Jason Marquis will pitch for the Padres against RHP Kris Medlen in Thursday night's final game of the four-game series.