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ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 15: Members of the Atlanta Braves celebrate after the game against the San Diego Padres at Turner Field on August 15, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 15: Members of the Atlanta Braves celebrate after the game against the San Diego Padres at Turner Field on August 15, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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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 4½ 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.

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