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Dan Uggla’s Hit Streak Ties Atlanta Braves Record as Braves Sweep Florida Marlins

August 10th, 2011 at 11:25 PM
By Cody Fields

Dan Uggla wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 31 games Wednesday as the Atlanta Braves finished off a three-game sweep of the Florida Marlins.

The recently resurgent Braves' second baseman got it done early on a single up the middle, driving in Michael Bourne and Martin Prado in the first inning for the game's first runs. Atlanta would then pile on three more in the second off an RBI single from Tim Hudson and a two-run double to chase Anibal Sanchez from the game after only 1 2/3 innings. Hudson's single was set up by a stolen base by new spark Jose Constanza, who was able to scamper home easily on Hudson's knock.

Uggla would later connect on two more hits during his 3-for-5 night to raise his average to .224 for the year. His 31-game hitting streak ties the Atlanta Braves record set by Rico Carty in 1970 and gave him the longest streak in the majors this season.

Hudson also stayed hot through 7 1/3 innings, good enough for his 12th win. He did not give up a run until Logan Morrison led off the seventh inning with his 17th homer, and he gave up one more when George Sherrill replaced him with the bases loaded and got Alfredo Amezaga to ground into a fielder's choice. Hudson has gone at least seven innings in his last seven starts.

Hudson's only true gaffe was a laughable one. In the second inning, with Morrison on first, Hudson decided to pitch from the wind up. Morrison was almost to second by the time Hudson threw.

New call-up Arodys Vizcaino made his major league debut in the ninth inning. The 20-year-old got through two outs, but walked two and hit a batter before Fredi Gonzalez made the switch to Jonny Venters for a one-out save.

The Braves remain 8.5 behind the Philadelphia Phillies after the Phillies came from behind to beat the San Francisco Giants.

After an off day Thursday, the Braves return home for a big homestand. Mike Minor (1-2, 4.85) will get things started against Carlos Zambrano (9-6, 4.46 ERA) as Atlanta starts a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

Tags: Arodys Vizcaino, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins, MLB, Tim Hudson

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