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Solarte's 2 RBIs, strong effort by Tyson Ross lift Padres past Braves 3-2 for three-game sweep

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SAN DIEGO — The Padres have discovered an alternative fuel source, and his name is .

Solarte drove in two runs, and pitch six solid innings as San Diego beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep on Wednesday.

"He brings an energy that is second-to-none," Padres interim manager said. "He has been playing great baseball, both defensively and getting some big hits for us."

Solarte, who had three hits, homered in the sixth inning and added a run-scoring double in the seventh.

"Good days, bad days, I try my hardest to bring that energy out on to the field," Solarte said through an interpreter. "That is just part of what I can bring."

In the seventh, singled off (0-2), stole second and advanced to third on ' groundout. followed with a double to left-center field, scoring Upton for a 2-1 lead.

Ross pitched six innings, allowing a run on six hits. He walked three and struck out five.

(2-2) got the win after striking out the side in the seventh.

"He's been the unsung hero for us," Murphy said. "Kelley has been very good and he's really been consistent. He gives up very few free passes."

pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 37 chances.

Atlanta's allowed a run and struck out seven over six innings.

"I felt strong the whole game," Teheran said. "I feel confidence and that's the most important thing for a pitcher."

It was only the Padres' second three-game sweep of the season. It led to a noisy postgame celebration which could be heard outside the clubhouse.

"You're not supposed to hear that," Murphy said with a grin. "They are a group of guys that like winning. That is part of creating chemistry and a culture that we want. It's the fun part of the day, for sure."

Marksberry got two outs in the seventh and was charged with two runs, three hits and a walk.

Atlanta has lost 18 of its past 26 games and 10 straight to San Diego at Petco Park.

"We haven't scored runs the last couple of games and it magnifies everything coming out of the bullpen," Gonzalez said. "There's no wiggle room."

Atlanta's bullpen gave up 10 runs, 13 hits and five walks in 6 2-3 innings in the three-game series.

The Braves pulled within 3-2 in the eighth on ' third hit, an RBI double to left that scored .

Solarte tied the game at 1 in the sixth by belting Teheran's slider over the right field fence. It was Solarte's ninth home run of the year and snapped a string of eight Padres being retired in a row.

The Padres couldn't decipher Teheran early, despite his previous woes on the road, where he's won just twice.

He wiggled from a first-inning jam created by 's hit and walks to Solarte and . But Teheran retired on a fly ball, and Upton, Jr., grounded out.

Over the next three innings, the Padres had only a single by Solarte in the third.

"Julio was great," Braves manager said. "After the first inning he started to pound the strike zone. His slider was as good as you want it to be."

The Braves produced two hits and two walks in the third with one out, but only scored one run.

Michael Bourn singled, but was caught stealing by Hedges. Maybin and both walked, with Maybin scoring on Markakis' single. grounded out to end the threat.

ROCKET ROD

Tennis legend threw out the first pitch, a borderline strike low and away. Padres bench coach then escorted Laver, who lives in nearby Carlsbad, California, to home plate for the lineup card exchange and meeting with the umpires. Showing he's no , Laver had a friendly conversation with the officiating crew.

DIRECTIONS TO HOME PLATE, PLEASE

The Braves have scored just 94 runs in 31 games since July 17, which ranks among the lowest in the league. Atlanta has hit just 17 home runs and produced only 71 extra-base hits in that span.

TRAINERS ROOM

PADRES: RHP underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP (4-4, 5.61 ERA) will face the Cubs for the first time in his career. He's looking for his third win in his last four outings as Atlanta begins a four-game series on Thursday in Chicago.

Padres: RHP (7-11, 4.20 ERA) will open a three-game series against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. He has won four of his last six starts.

PHOTO: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross winds up duirng the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross winds up duirng the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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PHOTO: San Diego Padres' Melvin Upton Jr., right, is congratulated at the dugout after scoring against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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