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Braves welcome day off, not day games

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Right-hander Derek Lowe -- who took Sunday's loss to the Phillies because his teammates got only five hits and couldn't fashion a run out of any of them -- said it.

Second baseman Dan Uggla -- who went 0-for-11 with a walk in the three-game series versus the Phillies -- said it, too.

The Braves needed today's off day.

Seven of their first 10 games have been day games, which has had them feeling a little out of whack, even though they were coming from spring training, where almost every game is a day game.

It appears that Lowe is in line to be this season's hard-luck pitcher, since the Braves have scored a grand total of two runs for him in three starts, while he has given up only two runs in the three games.

Not that the Braves are breaking out the bats for anyone else. Except for the 11-2 rout of the Nationals on April 3, the Braves have scored two, three, two, zero, four, two, six, two and zero runs in the other nine games. So their 4-6 record out of the gate is hardly surprising.

But no, they are not concerned about the scuffling offense.

"Nothing concerns me," Gonzalez said after the Braves dropped Sunday's game to the Phillies 3-0. "Other than I'd like to get a few victories, but that will come. And when it does it'll come in bunches, I think.

"When you run into good pitching, usually that beats you."

(The only game the Braves took from the Phillies was the first one, when left-hander Cliff Lee didn't make it out of the fourth inning.)

Uggla, who has the lowest batting average of the Braves eight starters, didn't even mention the good pitching, citing, instead, baseball's natural ebb and flow.

"The beginning of every season, it's always tough," he says, speaking of the entire offense, not simply of his own. "You either get off to a really hot start or a slow start. This year, so far, with us, it's either been really hot or slow. That's the way it goes in April. You just try to fight through it until things level out."

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