The Braves offense got started early as Uggla extended his hit streak to 32 games, a single season record for the Braves and Uggla himself, with a solo shot in the second inning. Following Uggla's home run, Chipper Jones then singled to left field and advanced to third on a single by David Ross. Rookie outfielder Jose Constanza then laid down a sacrifice bunt to first base, driving in Jones and putting the Braves up 2-0.
The Cubs closed within one run after Reed Johnson drove in a run with an RBI single in the third, before Jones hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead to 5-1.
Constanza hit his second career home run, a solo shot, in the fourth inning before Freddie Freeman and Uggla hit back-to-back solo home runs in the fifth inning. After the Cubs added two more runs in the sixth inning on a two-RBI double by Alfonso Soriano, Brooks Conrad and Michael Bourn drove in a run each in the sixth inning to seal the game for Atlanta. Chicago added a meaningless run in the top of ninth inning on a solo home run from Starlin Castro.
Uggla finished a perfect 3-for-3 in the game with two home runs, two RBI and three runs scoredI, while Jones was 2-for-4 from the plate with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI.
Amid the offensive explosion from Atlanta, Mike Minor had another solid start as he pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while recording six strikeouts en route to his second win of the season.
The Braves and Cubs are on the field again tomorrow night, August 13 at 7:10 p.m. as Atlanta will send veteran Derek Lowe (7-10, 4.78 ERA) to face off against Chicago's young gun Randy Wells (3-4, 6.05 ERA).Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, Dan Uggla, Jose Constanza, Mike Minor, MLB
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