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Braves complete 1st home sweep this season, beat Padres 9-6
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Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Adonis Garcia during the third inning of Thursday's game against the San Diego Padres in Atlanta. The Braves claimed a 9-6 victory to sweep the Padres. - photo by Associated Press

ATLANTA — In a largely forgettable season, the Atlanta Braves finally have reason to gloat a bit.

They swept a three-game series at Turner Field for the first time this year.

And, get this: They've scored at least seven runs in five straight home games — the first time that's happened since 1953.

Freddie Freeman homered and the Braves broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning, beating the San Diego Padres 9-6 on Thursday.

"We're not having the kind of season we wanted to," Freeman said. "But we want to finish strong."

One day after Minnesota dipped below Atlanta to the worst record in the majors, the Braveskept on winning behind a six solid innings from Mike Foltynewicz (8-5) and another strong showing from the offense.

It was the first time they've had five consecutive home games with at least seven runs since Aug. 7-10, 1953, the team's debut season in Milwaukee.

"We don't want the worst record in baseball," Freeman said. "We're trying to take care of business in September so we don't have that."

The slugging first baseman put Atlanta up in the third with his 28th homer, a two-run liner into the right-field seats off Jarred Cosart (0-2). After Hector Sanchez homered for the Padres in the fifth, the Braves finished off Cosart in the bottom half. Freeman walked with the bases loaded, followed by two-run singles from both Matt Kemp and Anthony Recker.

The Braves' two previous three-game sweeps this season came on the road. They're still just 22-44 at the Ted, but feeling a lot better about the way they've played since the All-Star break.

Atlanta has won 20 of its last 45 games.

"We're not looking at the big picture," interim manager Brian Snitker said. "We're just trying to put our best foot forward every day."

Foltynewicz won his fourth straight decision over six starts. He went six innings, yielding just four hits though he did get touched for a pair of homers. Wil Myers went deep in the sixth, lofting a two-run shot just inside the left-field pole.

It wasn't enough to keep the Padres from their seventh loss in the last nine games.

Cosart lasted only 4 1-3 innings, charged with seven runs on five hits and three walks.

The Padres scored three runs in the ninth off Chaz Roe before Jim Johnson came on to get the final out for his 14th save.