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Atlanta Braves Pound Five Home Runs, Beat Kansas City Royals for 10th Straight Win

April 17th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves once again proved they're the team to beat in Major League Baseball on Tuesday, overcoming three errors by launching five solo homers at Turner Field to top the Kansas City Royals 6-3 for their 10th straight win.

The Braves blew up a decisive eighth inning, when Kevin Herrera finally replaced Royals starter Jermey Guthrie. Jason Heyward hit a one-out solo homer to right-center, which Justin Upton followed with another monster home run to left field. Two batters later, Dan Uggla added his own home run to left.

Herrera would be replaced by Aaron Crow after walking Juan Francisco, who already had two home runs in the game. Jordan Schafer pinch-ran for Francisco, stole second and then scored on a Chris Johnson single to put the Braves up four after eight.

"These runs don't come too often, and you've got to ride the wave as long as you can ride it," Uggla said. "There is a great vibe in the clubhouse. We're going to keep going. We're going to keep riding it."

Francisco had already hit one homer in the second inning off Guthrie, but he made a costly throwing error in the fourth that helped the Royals take a 2-1 lead. His seventh inning home run made up for that to tie the game and give the Braves new life and avoid a loss for Kris Medlen.

Medlen threw seven innings, allowing six hits and one earned run, which came off the bat of Royals second baseman Chris Getz, who homered in the third inning for the first time since 2009, a span of 954 at-bats.

The resiliency of the Braves was evident in this game, proving how they've tallied a 12-1 record. The Braves lead the big leagues in ERA with an insane 1.83 mark. And though they're collectively hitting a middle-of-the-road .259, their 25 homers lead baseball and their 68 runs are eighth best in the Majors.

And now the Braves are relying on people not necessarily named Upton. Heyward was hitting .095 at the time he hit his homer, and Uggla was scuffling at .171. All this has also happened while Brian McCann hasn't taken the field all year and Freddie Freeman is on the DL.

"These runs don't come too often, and you've got to ride the wave as long as you can ride it," Uggla said. "There is a great vibe in the clubhouse. We're going to keep going. We're going to keep riding it."

The Braves turn around at noon on Wednesday to go for a mini-sweep.

 

Photo credit: lakelandlocal / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward, Juan Francisco, Justin Upton, Kansas City Royals, MLB

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