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Dan Uggla Drives in Three, Atlanta Braves Sweep Miami Marlins

September 28th, 2012 at 8:15 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves won their fifth straight game Thursday night, riding the red hot bat of Dan Uggla to sweep the MIami Marlins in a 6-2 game.

Uggla went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to lead Atlanta to their 10th win in 12 games. The win also keeps pressure on the Washington Nationals, although overcoming a four-game deficit in six games is highly improbable.

'Atlanta Braves v NY Mets: Braves won 6-2' photo (c) 2012, Charles Atkeison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Regardless, since Uggla declared, "I'm back," on Sept. 7, he has hit .290 and the Braves have gone 13-5.

"Like I said three weeks, a month ago, I'm back," Uggla said. "I'm not searching for it. This is me and I'm going to keep doing what I can do from here on out."

Chipper Jones also noted that Uggla is getting balls to fall for hits that wouldn't have during his three-month long slump.

"[He's] starting to swing the bat a little better," Jones said. "Balls are starting to fall for him. I think he broke three bats tonight, but got two of them to fall in to score runs. "

Uggla put the Braves on the board in the fourth inning with an RBI double off rookie Jacob Turner with one out. The Braves followed with two more hits, including an RBI double from Andrelton Simmons. After Turner struck out Tommy Hanson, Jose Constanza drew a two-out walk that led to Martin Prado hitting a line drive to left field that was dropped by Bryan Petersen, allowing two runs to score.

"It's frustrating," Petersen said. "That's a job I need to do. When you don't do it well, it's frustrating."

Hanson finally ended his skid by picking up his first win since July 30. He gave up two runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings. He somehow escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second inning without allowing a run, and the only earned run he allowed came off a Carlos Lee RBI-double in the third.

Though Hanson wished he could have pitched further into the game and described his outing as "middle of the road," he retired six straight batters before a one-out single by Donovan Solano in the sixth prompted Fredi Gonzalez to go to his bullpen.

"He kind of scattered the ball around a bit command-wise," Gonzalez said. "But he made some pitches when he had to, and he only gave up two runs. He did okay."

The Braves also clinched homefield advantage in the Wild Card play-in game by taking a seven-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals with six games left in the season.

Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla, Miami Marlins, MLB, Tommy Hanson

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