ATLANTA -- Following in the footsteps of Julio Teheran and Matt Wisler, Mike Foltynewicz provided the Braves with another solid outing vs. the Padres on Thursday afternoon at Turner Field, helping lead his team to a 9-6 win and its first sweep of San Diego since May 2008.
The Braves' offense provided plenty for Foltynewicz. After Freddie Freeman's two-run homer in the third, Atlanta erupted for five runs in the fifth to knock Padres starter Jarred Cosart out of the game after allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. No Padres starter was able to complete the fifth in the series.
The Padres were unable to get a runner on base through the first three innings, as Foltynewicz fanned three while throwing just 29 pitches. Travis Jankowski had the first hit against the righty with a leadoff single in the fourth, but he bounced back to record five straight flyouts.
Twelve of the 15 outs Foltynewicz recorded across six innings of work came in the air, but he also allowed a solo shot to Hector Sanchez in the fifth and a two-run homer to Wil Myers in the following inning.
"There were a couple bad pitches I left out over the zone, and you saw what happened there," Foltynewicz said. "But other than that, my changeup was working real well for me today. My fastball didn't have the life it usually does, but I got away with some stuff."
The Padres rallied for three runs in the ninth, but it wasn't enough for a comeback. With the win, Atlanta registered its first sweep at Turner Field this season.
"It has a lot of meaning," said Freeman about getting the sweep. "You want to win as many games as you can. Obviously, we're not having the season we wanted to, but we're trying to end strong. We've been doing that. We've been playing better baseball for the last couple of months, and we welcome those sweeps."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Freeman on fire: After extending his on-base streak to 24 games with a walk in the first inning, Freeman's homer two innings later marked his 10th during the streak. The first baseman has batted .361 (30-for-83) with 26 RBIs in that span, and his 34 extra-base hits since the beginning of July lead the National League.
Wil power: It's been a rough second half for Myers, but before Thursday's game, the Padres' All-Star first baseman spoke about his desire to "finish on a good note here in September." He got off to the right kind of start, launching a two-run homer in the sixth -- his first long ball since Aug. 13. More >
"I thought Wil turned the page in his third at-bat," said Padres manager Andy Green. "I thought that was one of his better at-bats in a while. He really got in, competed and drove the ball out to left field. Then in his next at-bat, he singled up the middle, so those were good things to see from him."
Comeback complete: Twenty-five months after he last threw a pitch in the Majors, reliever Shae Simmons returned to the mound for Atlanta for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery 18 months ago. The right-hander entered the game in the top of the eighth and needed only nine pitches to set the Padres down in order. His fastball sat between 96-97 mph, and a contingent of his teammates greeted him at the dugout steps to congratulate him as he exited the field.
"[Simmons] was good," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He had been away for a while, and when you get a guy like that, there's never the perfect time to put him in the game. But right there was kind of as good as any, because we had six outs to cover and some guys who could have backed him up if something went wrong. I thought he did great for not being out on a Major League diamond for a while."
Tenth pitch is the charm: Sanchez -- who was called up Wednesday when Christian Bethancourt was placed on the disabled list -- wasted no time reacclimating himself with the Padres. With two outs in the fifth, he won a 10-pitch battle against Foltynewicz by launching a solo shot off the top of the right-field wall. In 200 Triple-A El Paso plate appearances, Sanchez was batting .324/.392/.636.
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• After scoring nine runs on Thursday, the Braves have scored at least seven runs in five consecutive home games for the first time since Aug. 7-10, 1953.
• A Braves pitcher recorded a hit and came around to score in all three games this series. The Padres have allowed a hit to the opposing pitcher in five consecutive games.
WHAT'S NEXT Padres: The Friars travel to Los Angeles and will open a three-game series against the Dodgers on Friday night. First pitch is slated for 7:10 PT. Clayton Richard will be looking to continue his impressive return to the rotation, as the left-hander has allowed just two earned runs over his three starts since returning to the Padres.
Braves: Atlanta opens a three-game series vs. the Phillies on Friday night in Philadelphia with Joel De La Cruz on the mound. The 27-year-old rookie has seen his ERA rise from 3.41 to 4.66 over his past four starts and is still in pursuit of his first Major League win. This will mark the right-hander's second start vs. the Phillies this year, as he allowed seven runs (four earned) across six innings in an 8-2 loss on July 4. First pitch is set for 7:05 ET.