The Atlanta Braves were back to their home run happy ways Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ballpark. Dan Uggla hit two solo homers and Juan Francisco broke open the game with a grand slam in a 7-2 over the Cincinnati Reds.
The homers gave Uggla seven for the year in the midst of his six-game hitting streak, during which he's hitting .375. Both of his homers came off Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake, the first tying the game 1-1 in the fourth and the second giving the Braves a 2-1 lead in the sixth.
Francisco broke open the game with his slam off J.J. Hoover in the eighth to move the game from a close 3-1 to a more breathable 7-1. Joey Votto hit a solo shot off Anthony Varvaro in the ninth to tally the Reds' final run.
The home run outburst was enough support for Mike Minor, who threw a season-high 117 pitches while giving up one run over seven innings.
Minor was able to avoid a huge second inning when he loaded the bases with two walks and a hit with nobody out. Brandon Phillips was gunned down by Evan Gattis in left while trying to score on a sacrifice fly. Minor then got Devin Mesoraco to ground out to end the inning.
The only run Minor gave up was on a home run by Zack Cozart in the fourth inning.
Jordan Schafer and Andrelton Simmons, batting in the top two spots, combined to go 7-for-10. Schafer compiled two singles and a triple while Simmons had three singles and a double.
The Braves, having taken two out of three from the Reds, travel to the West Coast for a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants.Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds, Dan Uggla, Evan Gattis, J.J. Hoover, Joey Votto, Jordan Schafer, Mike Leake, Mike Minor, MLB, Zack Cozart