Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon to break up a scoreless duel between Braves rookie right-hander Mike Soroka and a trio of Padres pitchers to lead Atlanta to a 4-1 victory and a three-game sweep in San Diego.
Soroka shut out the Padres on six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over seven innings to run his record to 10-1. Left-hander A.J. Minter picked up his fifth save.
The pitching matchup between Canadians Soroka and Cal Quantrill was a scoreless draw through six innings with the Padres starter blanking the Braves on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Craig Stammen followed with a perfect seventh.
But Trey Wingenter quickly ran into trouble in the eighth, giving up back-to-back singles to right field to pinch-hitter Matt Joyce and Ronald Acuna Jr. putting runners at the corners. Wingenter then struck out Dansby Swanson for the second out in the inning.
But Freeman drove the first pitch he saw from Wingenter 394 feet into the right field seats.
Josh Donaldson then drew a walk from Wingenter (1-2), stole second and scored on a single by Nick Markakis to make it 4-0.
San Diego rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. had his first four-hit game.
The Padres scored in the bottom of the eighth and had the bases loaded with two out when Chad Sobotka, Atlanta's third pitcher of the inning, struck out Hunter Renfroe to end the threat.
Tatis opened the inning with a single off Touki Toussaint, who loaded the bases on a single to Eric Hosmer and a walk to Franmil Reyes. Josh Naylor's third hit of the game scored Tatis. But Sobotka came on to fan Renfroe.
The Padres had the best opportunity to score during the first seven innings. With Tatis on first and two out in the fifth, Acuna made a running, leaping catch at the wall in center to deny Manny Machado an extra-base hit.
--Field Level Media