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Atlanta Braves Use Homer Barrage to Sweep Arizona Diamondbacks

June 30th, 2013 at 6:22 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves got back to what they do best on Sunday – hitting homers. They teed off three times in a 6-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the three-game sweep at Turner Field.

Trevor Cahill gave up homers to Freddie Freeman, Brian McCann and Dan Uggla to take his 10th loss of the year, while the Braves improved to 44-9 in games in which they hit a homer.

McCann tied the game with an opposite-field solo blast in the second inning, eliminating the one-run deficit Paul Maholm gave up in the first inning. Freeman helped the Braves jump on top with a three-run blast in the third inning, and the Braves never looked back from there.

Though Maholm gave up two runs over 6 2/3 innings, the Diamondbacks were actually credited with no RBIs on the day, as both runs scored on double plays grounded into by Paul Goldschmidt. The first one came in the first inning when A.J. Pollock and Martin Prado singled to start the game to put runners at the corners with no outs. That setup Goldschmidt for the first of 11 groundball outs induced by Maholm.

Goldschmidt did the same thing in the top of the sixth after Pollock doubled and Prado singled him to third, killing any figment of a rally.

Uggla hit his two-run home run in the fifth – a towering shot that scraped the back of the left-center field wall. He has hit .272 with four homers in his last 23 games.

The Diamondbacks extended their starting pitchers' winless streak to 22 games, while the Braves leave June with a 6 1/2-game lead in the National League East.

Photo credit: Charles Atkeison µg / Foter.com / CC BY

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brian McCann, Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Martin Prado, MLB, Paul Goldschmidt

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