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Dan Uggla, Brian McCann Muscle Atlanta Braves Past New York Mets

September 8th, 2012 at 9:42 PM
By Cody Fields

One thought must be going through every Atlanta Braves fan now that Dan Uggla and Brian McCann had a slump-busting game in the Braves' 11-3 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Saturday.

It's about time.

While it also happens that the Braves won the 19th straight game started by Kris Medlen, McCann and Uggla had breakout games, combining for seven of Atlanta's 17 hits. Uggla was stuck with a three-hit game but McCann recorded his first extra-base hits since July and drove in four runs, doubling his August RBI output in one game.

McCann finished Saturday a triple short of the cycle. He hit a two-run double in a four-run third inning and tacked on a two-run homer in the fifth. His outburst came a week after receiving a third cortisone shot in his bothersome right shoulder that contains a cyst and frayed labrum.

McCann's double was his first extra-base hit since July 31, and Dan Uggla's three hits and two walks gave Braves fans even more encouragement after the second baseman had been benched for a few games last week. Uggla homered and doubled in Friday night's game.

Uggla reached base in all five of his plate appearances.

The Braves entered with a .140 average with runners in scoring position over their last 20 games, but they actually accumulated six such hits. Jose Constanza drove in the first run in the second inning with an RBI single, and Heyward, McCann and Medlen piled on three doubles in the four-run fourth.

Medlen gave up two runs through six innings to earn his eighth win. He only threw 80 pitches, but a 75-minute rain delay before the start of the seventh inning prevented him from pitching deeper.

Atlanta extended their Wild Card lead over the St. Louis Cardinals to five games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have climbed within one game and the Pittsburgh Pirates are 1 1/2 games out of the second Wild Card spot.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Dan Uggla, Kris Medlen, MLB, New York Mets

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