True to form, Maholm induced a lot of groundouts: eight of the first nine outs he recorded were on the ground. In a scoreless third inning, San Diego's Logan Forsythe launched a fly ball down the left field line that just did stay fair, hitting the screen of the foul pole for a home run. This came right after Atlanta had squandered a second-and-third, no-out scoring opportunity in the second against Edinson Volquez.
In the bottom of the third, a similar situation presented itself: Jason Heyward ripped a one-out double to put him and Martin Prado in scoring position, but a fielder's choice out in which Prado was caught in a rundown left any hope of scoring on Dan Uggla. Fortunately, Uggla delivered, crushing a three-run homer to left to give Atlanta the lead.
Maholm worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, then the offense went right back to work in the bottom of the inning. Paul Janish was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. On a ground ball by Maholm, first baseman Yonder Alonso opted to throw out Janish at third but was unsuccessful; that led to Michael Bourn's RBI groundout. Prado singled, then Heyward smacked a two-run double to right, signaling the end of a short day for Volquez.