Arizona at Atlanta

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Arizona (69-57)100000000150
Atlanta (75-52) «21002120x8130

Braves 8, Diamondbacks 1

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ATLANTA -- Dan Uggla's strong recovery from a woeful first half has affirmed what Braves manager Fred Gonzalez thought all along:

"You've got to believe the back of the baseball card," Gonzalez said, referring to Uggla's record of consistent power.

Uggla homered twice and drove in three runs, Brandon Beachy gave up only one run in six innings and Atlanta continued to feast on the top teams in the NL West by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 on Saturday night.

Uggla's two-run homer in the first gave Atlanta the lead. Uggla and Freddie Freeman hit back-to-back homers in the seventh.

Uggla, whose 33-game hitting streak ended on Sunday, is one homer away from his fifth straight 30-homer season. With two hits against Arizona, Uggla is hitting .231 -- almost 60 points higher than his .173 mark before the hitting streak.

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"After that rough start, I'm sure people were probably doubting I'd get to where I am now," Uggla said. "That's why you play the full season."

Uggla maintained an upbeat demeanor despite hitting only .185 before the All-Star break, and he again avoided a letdown when the streak ended.

"I'm the same every day," he said. "The streak was fun. I was looking to start another one the next day."

Uggla's fourth two-homer game of the season left him tied for second in the NL with 29.

After winning three of four from San Francisco, the Braves have won the first two games of the weekend series against the first-place Diamondbacks.

Arizona has lost four straight.

"We're just having a tough time now," said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. "We're unable to get anything going right now."

Martin Prado had three hits, walked and drove in a run for Atlanta, which has won 12 of 16 and is eight games ahead of the Giants in the NL wild-card race.

Beachy (6-2) gave up four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in winning his third straight decision.

"We're playing every game with a purpose, and that's to make the playoffs," Beachy said. "There's stuff on the line."

Arizona left-hander Wade Miley (0-1) gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks in four-plus innings in his major league debut.

"He actually came out and threw the ball good," Gibson said. "He was throwing strikes, made some mistakes. The big mistake was to Uggla. That's not where he wanted to locate that."

Atlanta's Michael Bourn ended the sixth with a highlight-worthy catch against the center field wall.

With two outs and Miguel Montero on first base following a walk from Beachy, Paul Goldschmidt hit a long flyball to center field. Bourn made the leaping catch before crashing into the wall and falling back onto the warning track.

Jose Constanza ran over from right field to help Bourn return to his feet. Goldschmidt, uncertain if Bourn held onto the ball, kept running before stopping near third base and looking back at Bourn. Beachy stood applauding as he waited for Bourn to leave the field.

The Braves acquired Bourn from Houston in a July 31 trade.

"What an unbelievable player and pickup he is," Uggla said. "Those kind of players don't just fall off trees. He's a special, special player."

Arizona gave Miley an early lead when Justin Upton singled and scored on Montero's double in the first. Beachy then recorded 12 straight outs before giving up singles to Collin Cowgill and Miley in the fifth. Beachy struck out Willie Bloomquist to end the inning.

Beachy's single in the second drove in Constanza. Prado's double off Ziegler drove in Bourn in the sixth.

The Braves outhit the Diamondbacks 13-5.

Notes

Josh Collmenter, who gave up only two hits in six shutout innings in a 2-1 win over Atlanta on May 19 at Arizona, will start for the Diamondbacks in Sunday's final game of the series. Tim Hudson will try for his 13th win for Atlanta. ... OF Chris Young, hitting only .123 in August, was given a day off, but Gibson said "His swing is fine."... Beachy's single in the second gave the rookie his first RBI. ... Miley had his first major league hit in the fifth. ... Arizona has its longest losing streak since losing five straight from May 8-13. Both streaks came on road trips. ... There was a brief delay in the eighth when a fan ran onto the field and was tackled by security guards.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

D. Uggla
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS-LF4000022 .266
Gerardo Parra, LF-RF4000010 .284
Justin Upton, RF4110000 .299
    Henry Blanco, C0000000 .228
Miguel Montero, C2011110 .268
    Cody Ransom, SS1000000 .172
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4000022 .269
Sean Burroughs, 3B4010000 .241
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000011 .211
Collin Cowgill, CF2010100 .179
Wade Miley, P2010010 .500
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH1000011 .256
    Zach Duke, P0000000 .263
Totals3215129  
a-struck out for Shaw in the 7th
Batting
2B - Miguel Montero (27, Beachy)
RBI - Miguel Montero (62)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero (23)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gerardo Parra 1
DP - Bloomquist-Johnson-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley (L,0-1) 4755251 11.25
Brad Ziegler 1.2211120 2.53
Bryan Shaw 0.1100000 2.65
Zach Duke 2322112 5.09
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 76-52, Brad Ziegler 29-17, Bryan Shaw 6-4, Zach Duke 37-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 4-3, Zach Duke 4-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 21, Brad Ziegler 8, Bryan Shaw 1, Zach Duke 9
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5220021 .304
Martin Prado, LF4131100 .277
Chipper Jones, 3B5121013 .276
Dan Uggla, 2B3223111 .231
Freddie Freeman, 1B3112001 .293
David Ross, C3000112 .261
Jose Constanza, RF3110113 .375
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010001 .232
Brandon Beachy, P2011011 .063
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000010 .239
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Cristhian Martinez, P1000001 .333
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
Totals34813848  
a-struck out for Beachy in the 6th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado 2 (22, Miley, Ziegler)
HR - Dan Uggla 2 (29, Miley, Duke), Freddie Freeman (17, Duke)
SF - Freddie Freeman (4)
RBI - Martin Prado (49), Chipper Jones (57), Dan Uggla 3 (65), Freddie Freeman 2 (62), Brandon Beachy (1)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (20), Dan Uggla 2 (23), Brandon Beachy (1)
Team LOB - 7
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy (W,6-2) 6411170 3.32
George Sherrill 0.2000100 3.06
Cristhian Martinez 1.1000010 3.34
Scott Linebrink 1100010 3.63
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 97-64, George Sherrill 18-11, Cristhian Martinez 10-8, Scott Linebrink 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 4-7, George Sherrill 2-0, Cristhian Martinez 1-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 23, George Sherrill 3, Cristhian Martinez 4, Scott Linebrink 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39294
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion