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Uggla's late homer helps lift Braves over Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Lucky bounce or not, Dan Uggla will take it.

Uggla's deep fly ball bounced off the top of the wall and over for a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, helping the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the winless Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

"I knew I hit it good. I knew I hit it low," Uggla said. "I didn't think it was going to carry that far."

Atlanta trailed before Martin Prado led off the eighth with a homer off Takashi Saito. With two outs, Uggla connected against Saito for his second homer with the Braves.

Uggla, who was 2 for 13 heading into the game and wasn't happy with his first three at-bats Monday, said he was happy to give his new team a lift.

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"I was maybe a little bit overanxious on my first three at-bats," Uggla said. "To get the go-ahead home run, that was a pretty cool thing. It's my first week with a new team in the season and a lot of excitement."

Peter Moylan (1-0) got three outs to get the victory, and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.

Before the eighth-inning rally, the Braves failed to muster much offensive support for starter Brandon Beachy, who gave up four hits, including Rickie Weeks' homer, in six innings while striking out seven.

"He gets in some jams," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He doesn't give in. He makes some tough pitches. His stuff got better as the game went on. His command of the breaking ball got better."

Weeks continued his impressive start for Milwaukee with his third homer of the season leading off the third.

Beyond that, it was the continuation of an ugly start to the season for the Brewers, who were swept in a three-game series at Cincinnati.

The Brewers aren't overreacting to their rough start, but they're certainly frustrated.

Asked for his thoughts on the loss, Milwaukee third baseman Casey McGehee paused, then chuckled.

"What do you want me to say?" he said.

McGehee acknowledged that the Brewers need to play better, but they also could use some good luck.

"We had a ball hit the top of the wall and bounce away from us," McGehee said.

Saito (0-1) struck out Nate McLouth and got Chipper Jones to ground out before Uggla hit a deep fly ball to left-center that hit off the top of the wall and bounced over.

"He hung a breaking ball to Uggla," new Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It was the right pitch, he just hung it a little bit."

Ryan Braun had a one-out single in the eighth, but Prince Fielder hit into a double play to end the inning.

Milwaukee squandered a strong outing by Chris Narveson, who struck out five in six sparkling innings. The left-hander allowed only three singles and three walks -- and he picked off one of those baserunners, McLouth, in the first.

Beachy, who made three starts last season, won a spot in the Braves' rotation with a strong performance in spring training.

"He was locating his fastball well," McGehee said. "The middle part of the game, he started to find his breaking ball and being able to locate it. That's usually a pretty good recipe for having some success."

Beachy got into trouble in the first, but McGehee flied out with runners on first and second to end the inning.

Weeks put the Brewers in front in the third, hitting a 2-1 pitch deep to left.

Brewers shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt doubled in the second for his first hit of the season, then added a single in the fourth. Betancourt was acquired in Milwaukee's offseason trade with Kansas City for Zack Greinke and started the season 0 for 11.

Milwaukee couldn't take advantage of a scoring chance in the fourth, putting runners on second and third with one out. Back-to-back strikeouts by Wil Nieves and Narveson ended the inning.

Beachy got better as the game went on, retiring nine straight batters after his shaky start to the fourth.

"He did the same thing that he's done all spring that I saw him do: He battled his butt off," Uggla said. "Never gave in. He gave us just an amazing effort and gave us a chance to win the ballgame."

Despite the tough start, Weeks said the Brewers aren't getting discouraged.

"We know we're still good," Weeks said.

Notes

  • Greinke is expected to throw from the mound later this week as he continues to recover from a cracked rib. Greinke, Milwaukee's biggest offseason acquisition, was injured playing basketball.
  • Several players from the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers threw out the first pitch at Miller Park.
  • Monday's attendance was 46,017.
 
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Brandon Beachy throws six strong innings to help give the Braves a victory over the Brewers.  (Getty Images)
Brandon Beachy throws six strong innings to help give the Braves a victory over the Brewers. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Narveson
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 3
K 5
Atlanta

B. Beachy
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 7
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, LF4121001 .278
Nate McLouth, CF4010021 .188
Chipper Jones, 3B4010001 .353
Dan Uggla, 2B4111001 .176
Jason Heyward, RF3010111 .333
Alex Gonzalez, SS3000122 .286
Freddie Freeman, 1B4000021 .143
David Ross, C2010100 .500
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Brandon Beachy, P2000011 .000
   b- Brian McCann, PH-C2000001 .400
Totals3327238  
a-flied out for Venters in the 9th
b-grounded out for Beachy in the 7th
Batting
HR - Martin Prado (1, Saito), Dan Uggla (2, Saito)
RBI - Martin Prado (2), Dan Uggla (2)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (1)
CS - Nate McLouth (1, 2nd base by Narveson/Nieves)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Jones-A. Gonzalez-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy 6411171 1.50
George Sherrill 0.1000100 0.00
Peter Moylan (W,1-0) 1100010 4.50
Jonny Venters (H,2) 0.2000000 3.38
Craig Kimbrel (S,2) 1000030 0.00
HBP - Fielder (by Brandon Beachy)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 88-61, George Sherrill 6-2, Peter Moylan 16-14, Jonny Venters 2-2, Craig Kimbrel 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 5-6, George Sherrill 1-0, Peter Moylan 2-0, Jonny Venters 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 24, George Sherrill 2, Peter Moylan 4, Jonny Venters 1, Craig Kimbrel 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B4121011 .353
Carlos Gomez, CF4000021 .125
Ryan Braun, LF4010011 .333
Prince Fielder, 1B3000001 .231
Casey McGehee, 3B3000122 .267
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4020010 .133
Nyjer Morgan, RF2000110 .250
Wil Nieves, C2000023 .250
Chris Narveson, P2000013 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   a- Erick Almonte, PH0000000 .167
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1000001 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Zach Braddock, P0000000 .000
Totals29151211  
a-announced for Loe in the 7th
b-grounded out for Almonte in the 7th
Batting
2B - Yuniesky Betancourt (1, Beachy)
HR - Rickie Weeks (3, Beachy)
SH - Nyjer Morgan (1), Wil Nieves (1)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (5)
Team LOB - 6
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Narveson 6300350 0.00
Kameron Loe (H,1) 1100010 3.86
Takashi Saito (BS,1; L,0-1) 1322012 9.00
Zach Braddock 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 98-54, Kameron Loe 10-7, Takashi Saito 32-19, Zach Braddock 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 6-6, Kameron Loe 1-1, Takashi Saito 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 23, Kameron Loe 4, Takashi Saito 6, Zach Braddock 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46017
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi