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Uggla's hitting streak ends at 33 as Cubs edge Braves

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ATLANTA -- Dan Uggla was quick to acknowledge he never thought he'd have a hitting streak as long as 33 games.

Now the Chicago Cubs are streaking.

The Cubs stopped Uggla's 33-game hitting streak and rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Sunday for their fourth straight series win.

The Cubs have won 11 of 14.

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Uggla's streak was the longest in the majors in five years. He was 0-for-3 with an RBI.

"That's more games than I thought I would ever have," Uggla said.

His best chance to extend the streak came in the fifth. Second baseman Darwin Barney made a diving catch of Uggla's fly ball in shallow right field. Barney was fully extended when he made the catch in front of right fielder Tyler Colvin.

"I wasn't even looking at him," said Uggla of Barney. "I was looking at Colvin and I was like `Oh, it's going to drop in front of him.' And the next thing you know Barney comes flying through."

Barney said the catch was more important because of Uggla's streak.

"Because of the circumstances and all that, I'm pretty happy about it," Barney said.

"It was a good streak for him. He's a great player. But I think our pitchers are happy. They take a lot of pride in that, and I'm happy for them."

Uggla grounded out to shortstop against Jeff Samardzija in the seventh in his final at-bat. He didn't come up in the ninth, when Carlos Marmol earned his 28th save.

"The streak is one thing. I'm more disappointed in the loss," Uggla said. "It was a fun run but all things have got to come to an end sometime. I had fun with it. We had a nice, little roll as a team and we're looking to get back on track tomorrow."

Uggla's streak was the longest in the majors since 2006, when Philadelphia's Chase Utley had a 35-game streak. Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins had a 38-game streak that began in 2005 and carried through the start of 2006.

Uggla was hitting only .173 when he started the streak on July 5. He has raised his average to .231.

Uggla had 15 homers and 32 RBI in the streak.

Marmol walked Michael Bourn, who had three hits, with two outs in the ninth. Bourn stole second base but Martin Prado popped out to third baseman Aramis Ramirez to end the game. Uggla was on deck.

Uggla's teammates patted him on the back and hugged him in the dugout after the game.

"For me, it's impressive," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "It was a streak where at any given time Chipper [Jones] wasn't in the lineup and Brian McCann wasn't in the lineup, and Uggla carried us. That was impressive."

Uggla streak passed Rico Carty's 31-game streak in 1970 as the longest in Atlanta Braves history. The franchise record is 37 games by Tommy Holmes for the 1945 Boston Braves.

The Braves led 4-0 through five innings and 5-4 through six before Carlos Pena's two-run homer in the seventh.

Atlanta took a 5-4 lead in the sixth when Jason Heyward singled off John Grabow (3-0), stole second and scored on Grabow's wild throw to first on a grounder by Alex Gonzalez.

The Cubs answered in the seventh when Barney singled and scored on Pena's 23rd homer to right field off Eric O'Flaherty (1-4).

The Cubs, who won two of three from the Braves, have won four straight series for the first time since Sept. 9-21, 2008.

Cubs manager Mike Quade said before the game the team has moved past the controversy of pitcher Carlos Zambrano cleaning out his locker and leaving the team on Friday night and being placed on the disqualified list on Saturday.

"Look, grown-ups make decisions, and he made a decision," Quade said. "And that's his deal at this point, it's not mine."

Zambrano's Cubs equipment bag was seen on the truck being loaded outside the clubhouse, but there was no indication he will join the team before the end of his 30-day leave without pay. He cannot be involved in team activities while on the disqualified list.

Bourn singled in the first and moved to third when Matt Garza fielded Prado's soft grounder and threw high to second for an error. Bourn scored on Uggla's fly ball to left.

Garza's six errors lead all pitchers in the majors, according to STATS LLC. He gave up four runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk in five innings.

The Braves added two runs in the second on RBI singles by Bourn and Prado and stretched the lead to 4-0 in the fourth when Jose Constanza walked, stole second and third and scored on Bourn's broken-bat single to center.

Colvin had a two-run single in Chicago's four-run sixth. Brandon Beachy, who gave up two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings, was lifted after allowing singles by Barney and Ramirez and Pena's run-scoring fly ball. Scott Linebrink gave up three straight hits, including Colvin's two-run single.

Arodys Vizcaino's wild pitch to Blake DeWitt allowed Geovany Soto to score from third.

Notes

  • Atlanta pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts.
  • Quade said RHP Casey Coleman will be recalled from Triple-A Iowa to replace Zambrano in the rotation. Coleman is 2-4 with a 7.23 ERA in 11 games, including nine starts, with Chicago this season.
  • Former Braves two-time NL MVP Dale Murphy threw out the first pitch.
  • The Braves will open a four-game series against San Francisco on Monday night when Tim Hudson faces the Giants' Madison Bumgarner.
  • The Cubs begin a game at Houston when Rodrigo Lopez is schedule to face the Astros' Henry Sosa.
  • McCann came off the 15-day disabled list and was 0-for-4.
  • The Braves placed RHP Tommy Hanson on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis and activated Linebrink. The team optioned RHP Anthony Varvaro to Triple-A Gwinnett. Fredi Gonzalez said RHP Randall Delgado will be recalled from Gwinnett to start Tuesday against San Francisco.
 
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Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney makes a diving catch in right field to rob Dan Uggla of a hit in the fifth inning. (AP)
Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney makes a diving catch in right field to rob Dan Uggla of a hit in the fifth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

C. Pena
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

M. Bourn
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS5000042 .311
Darwin Barney, 2B5230010 .293
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5130002 .290
Carlos Pena, 1B4113023 .221
Marlon Byrd, CF4130000 .305
Alfonso Soriano, LF4110023 .247
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Tyler Colvin, RF4012023 .135
Geovany Soto, C4000033 .229
Matt Garza, P2000020 .065
   a- Blake DeWitt, PH1000010 .262
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Reed Johnson, LF1000010 .351
Totals396125018  
a-struck out (wild pitch) for Garza in the 6th
Batting
HR - Carlos Pena (23, O'Flaherty)
SF - Carlos Pena (7)
RBI - Carlos Pena 3 (65), Tyler Colvin 2 (13)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Matt Garza (6, Throwing), John Grabow (1, Throwing), Aramis Ramirez (9, Throwing), Geovany Soto (11, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza 5642150 3.80
John Grabow (W,3-0) 1110010 5.01
Jeff Samardzija (H,11) 1000000 3.51
Sean Marshall (H,25) 1000010 2.84
Carlos Marmol (S,28) 1000100 3.47
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 87-57, John Grabow 24-16, Jeff Samardzija 10-6, Sean Marshall 13-8, Carlos Marmol 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 3-8, John Grabow 2-1, Jeff Samardzija 2-1, Sean Marshall 2-0, Carlos Marmol 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 23, John Grabow 5, Jeff Samardzija 3, Sean Marshall 3, Carlos Marmol 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4132101 .304
Martin Prado, 3B-LF5011002 .275
Brian McCann, C4000014 .303
Dan Uggla, 2B3001000 .231
Freddie Freeman, 1B4000021 .295
Jason Heyward, RF3110000 .219
   a- Chipper Jones, PH-3B1000000 .272
Alex Gonzalez, SS4110010 .233
Jose Constanza, LF-RF2210100 .382
Brandon Beachy, P2000023 .033
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Arodys Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   b- Brooks Conrad, PH1000011 .235
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Hinske, PH1000000 .248
Totals3457427  
a-grounded out for Heyward in the 8th
b-struck out for Vizcaino in the 6th
c-grounded out for Kimbrel in the 9th
Batting
SF - Dan Uggla (3)
SH - Jose Constanza (3)
RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (40), Martin Prado (44), Dan Uggla (62)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (22), Martin Prado (16)
SB - Michael Bourn 2 (45, 3rd base off Garza/Soto, 2nd base off Marmol/Soto), Jason Heyward (6, 2nd base off Grabow/Soto), Jose Constanza 2 (5, 2nd base off Garza/Soto, 3rd base off Garza/Soto)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy 5.1622080 3.43
Scott Linebrink0322000 3.38
Arodys Vizcaino (BS,1) 0.2000030 0.00
Eric O'Flaherty (BS,4; L,1-4) 1222011 1.33
Jonny Venters 1000030 1.18
Craig Kimbrel 1100030 1.84
WP - Arodys Vizcaino 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 102-69, Scott Linebrink 10-6, Arodys Vizcaino 14-12, Eric O'Flaherty 17-13, Jonny Venters 11-9, Craig Kimbrel 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 1-7, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 22, Scott Linebrink 3, Arodys Vizcaino 3, Eric O'Flaherty 5, Jonny Venters 3, Craig Kimbrel 4
Game Information
Attendance - 32011
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg