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Braves nip Marlins as Uggla pushes hit streak to 30

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MIAMI -- Martin Prado delivered the go-ahead single in the 11th inning. It was Dan Uggla's single in the fifth that drew the biggest cheer in the Atlanta Braves dugout, though.

Uggla extended his hitting streak to 30 games with an infield single off Clay Hensley to tie Andre Ehtier for the majors' longest hitting streak of the season and the Braves beat the Florida Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night.

"The loudest cheer of the night in our dugout was when he beat out that ball," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. "You can say what you want to about the home run and scoring that run, I think we were all too tired to cheer in the 10th or 11th, whatever it was. When he got that hit, the whole dugout erupted."

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The streak is the third-longest in Braves franchise history. Tommy Holmes hit in 37 straight games in 1945.

"This time I hit a single and I let Prado do all the damage tonight," Uggla said.

The start of the game was delayed one hour and 11 minutes due to rain, which left a wet outfield that benefited the Braves in the final inning.

Michael Bourn doubled to right off Edward Mujica (8-4) with one out in the 11th. Prado then singled to shallow right field, which slowed in the wet grass, and Mike Stanton's throw went over catcher Brett Hayes' head, allowing Bourn to score.

"I knew [Bourn] was going to go," Prado said. "Sometimes you have got to risk. The grass was wet, there were a lot of factors, and fortunately he scored."

Prado also homered, tied a career high with four hits and drove in three runs.

"Good for us and good for him," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The last two or three games he's been getting upset with himself, he's such a perfectionist. I'm glad that he got some opportunities to drive in some runs."

Craig Kimbrel got Mike Cameron to ground into a double play to record his 36th save in 41 chances.

"That ball Cameron hit was a rocket," Gonzalez said.

George Sherrill (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

Braves starter Brandon Beachy struck out 10 and did not allow a run in 6 2/3 innings.

"I've really been focusing on attacking guys instead of worrying about striking them out," Beachy said. "If that happens, great."

Uggla finished 1 for 6 against his former club and is hitting .220 on the season. He was batting .173 when his streak began, the lowest average for any hitter with more than 10 at-bats at the start of a 30-game streak since at least 1918, according to STATS LLC.

"He's not a guy that you would think [of doing that], like a Luis Castillo who sprays the ball around everywhere," said Marlins infielder Wes Helms, who played four seasons in Florida with Uggla. "He's there to drive the ball into the gaps and drive it over the fence, and for a guy like that to put a 30-game hit streak up, I think it's pretty special."

The Marlins have lost six straight since climbing to .500 for the first time since June 12.

"To go 10 or 11 innings and only get four hits, it's tough," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.

Florida had a golden opportunity to score in the eighth after Eric O'Flaherty walked the bases loaded with one out. O'Flaherty then struck out Logan Morrison swinging and caught Cameron looking at a called strike three to end the threat.

"I thought we were going to win the game in the bottom of the eighth inning," McKeon said. "The bases are loaded, just put the ball in play, we just couldn't put the ball in play."

John Buck hit a three-run homer to deep left field in the seventh inning to tie the game at 3 immediately after Anthony Varvaro relieved Beachy.

Prado's 11th home run in the fifth gave the Braves a two-run lead, and he had an RBI single in the sixth to stretch the lead to 3-0, ending Hensley's outing.

"You saw the big home run that put us up 2-0, but the guy can fillet balls into the right field with the best of them," Jones said. "He's a good hitter, a .300 hitter. He's not hitting .300, but I would not be surprised to see him there before too long."

Hensley allowed eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Notes

  • It was the fifth time Prado had four hits in a game. The last time was May 16, 2010, against Arizona.
  • Braves SS Alex Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the second.
  • Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) missed his sixth straight game and a stint on the DL is a possibility according to McKeon.
  • Marlins All-Star 1B Gaby Sanchez is hitting .215 after the break and was held out of the starting lineup. "I think he's trying too hard," McKeon said.
  • The Braves will send RHP Tim Hudson to the mound Wednesday. He is 10-4 in 21 starts against the Marlins, who will counter with Anibal Sanchez as he looks for his first win since June 10.
 
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For the second straight night, Dan Uggla records an infield single to keep his hitting streak alive. (Getty Images)
For the second straight night, Dan Uggla records an infield single to keep his hitting streak alive. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Florida

J. Buck
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4111210 .305
Martin Prado, LF6143003 .278
Freddie Freeman, 1B5000002 .294
Dan Uggla, 2B6010025 .220
Chipper Jones, 3B5020010 .264
Alex Gonzalez, SS5110013 .235
David Ross, C4020010 .252
Jose Constanza, RF4100124 .381
Brandon Beachy, P2000112 .036
    Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
   a- Julio Lugo, PH1000000 .154
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH0000100 .250
    Jason Heyward, PR0000000 .222
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Totals42411459  
a-grounded out for Varvaro in the 8th
b-walked for Sherrill in the 11th
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (28, Mujica)
HR - Martin Prado (11, Hensley)
SH - David Ross (2)
RBI - Michael Bourn (37), Martin Prado 3 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (20), Martin Prado (15)
SB - Jose Constanza (2, 2nd base off Hensley/Buck)
PK - Jason Heyward (1, Mujica)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Uggla-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy 6.23223100 3.43
Anthony Varvaro (BS,1) 0.1111001 2.45
Eric O'Flaherty 1000320 1.02
Jonny Venters 1000020 1.20
George Sherrill (W,3-1) 1000000 3.27
Craig Kimbrel (S,36) 1000100 1.87
IBB - G. Sanchez by Eric O'Flaherty, by Stanton
WP - Brandon Beachy (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 105-69, Anthony Varvaro 9-7, Eric O'Flaherty 23-8, Jonny Venters 12-9, George Sherrill 11-8, Craig Kimbrel 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 5-4, Anthony Varvaro 1-0, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Jonny Venters 1-0, George Sherrill 1-2, Craig Kimbrel 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 25, Anthony Varvaro 2, Eric O'Flaherty 6, Jonny Venters 3, George Sherrill 3, Craig Kimbrel 3
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, SS4010110 .287
Alfredo Amezaga, 2B3000110 .245
Greg Dobbs, 3B2000000 .301
   a- Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B1000100 .278
Mike Stanton, RF2110312 .262
Logan Morrison, 1B4000027 .245
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
    Brett Hayes, C1000001 .268
Mike Cameron, CF4110125 .172
Bryan Petersen, LF4000023 .224
John Buck, C4113021 .229
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Clay Hensley, P2000021 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .200
   b- Dewayne Wise, PH1000000 .200
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B1000010 .194
Totals33343714  
a-was walked intentionally for Dobbs in the 8th
b-grounded out for Sanches in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Cameron (6, Beachy)
HR - John Buck (13, Varvaro)
SH - Alfredo Amezaga (2), Greg Dobbs (1)
RBI - John Buck 3 (44)
2-OUT RBI - John Buck 3 (20)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio 2 (27, 2nd base off Beachy/Ross, 3rd base off O'Flaherty/Ross), Gaby Sanchez (3, 2nd base off O'Flaherty/Ross)
CS - Mike Stanton (3, 2nd base by Beachy/Ross)
Team LOB - 6
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Hensley 5.2833441 4.50
Mike Dunn0000000 3.66
Brian Sanches 1.1000030 3.38
Randy Choate 1000010 1.52
Leo Nunez 1000000 3.42
Edward Mujica (L,8-4) 2311110 2.81
HBP - Freeman (by Mike Dunn)
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Hensley 97-60, Mike Dunn 1-0, Brian Sanches 21-14, Randy Choate 10-7, Leo Nunez 15-8, Edward Mujica 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Hensley 5-8, Randy Choate 2-0, Leo Nunez 1-2, Edward Mujica 3-1
Batters Faced - Clay Hensley 29, Mike Dunn 1, Brian Sanches 4, Randy Choate 3, Leo Nunez 3, Edward Mujica 9
Game Information
Attendance - 21337
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt