Justin Upton and Chris Johnson used Monday's game at Chase Field to remind the Arizona Diamondbacks what they lost when they were traded to the Atlanta Braves. They both hit two-run homers and finished a triple shy of the cycle in the Braves' 10-1 blowout win.
After Dan Uggla had tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, Johnson unloaded his two-run homer off D-Backs starter Wade Miley, whom the Braves pounded for seven runs (six earned) over five-plus innings.
The Braves kept up the barrage on Miley when he plunked B.J. Upton to start the sixth, which Justin Upton followed with his massive homer to dead center, increasing his Majore League-leading homer total to 13.
"I've been searching for that swing throughout the month of May," Upton said on braves.com. "To square one up and for it to carry for me was nice."
The offensive outburst helped Upton and Johnson break out of slumps. Upton had hit .196 in his last 16 games, while Johnson was hitless in his first 17 May at-bats.
Brian McCann also got in on the action with a 2-for-3 night that included a home run and three RBIs.
Mike Minor looked as if he had slipped back into his ways of giving up homers when he gave up a solo shot to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning, but that was the only run he gave up in his 6 2/3 innings. Minor also got plenty of help from his defense in the win.
Former Brave Martin Prado had two hits off Minor, but he was also thrown out at the plate by B.J. Upton in the fourth inning. Cody Ross attempted to score from first on Prado's double in the sixth, but he was gunned down by a blazing relay throw from Andrelton Simmons.
"It was a fun night," Justin Upton said. "We've been fighting for wins the whole road trip. To come out here and put together some hits and get a win is a nice feeling."
Uggla's eighth inning double broke an 0-for-14 skid he endured after a seven-game hitting streak.Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton, Baseball, Brian McCann, Cody Ross, Dan Uggla, Justin Upton, Martin Prado, Mike Minor, MLB, Wade Miley