Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Dan Uggla smacked two solo homers in the
Atlanta Braves' 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the rubber match of a
Juan Francisco added a grand slam as part of a five-run eighth for Atlanta,
which had dropped four of its previous six tilts.
Mike Minor (4-2) struck out seven and surrendered a run on four hits and three
walks over seven innings to pick up the win.
Mike Leake (2-2) fanned six, but allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk
over seven-plus frames for the Reds, who had won four of their last five games
Zack Cozart crushed a two-out solo homer into the second deck in left in the
third for the game's first run, but Uggla cracked solo shots in consecutive
at-bats to give the Braves the lead.
Uggla knotted the contest in the fourth with a one-out blast into left and
gave Atlanta the advantage in the sixth when he ripped a two-out homer into
the front row of seats just inside the left-field foul pole to make it 2-1.
The Braves broke the game open in the eighth.
Jordan Schafer and Andrelton Simmons both singled to lead off the frame. Sean
Marshall took over for Leake and Freddie Freeman brought Schafer home with a
line-drive base hit to right. J.J. Hoover then replaced Marshall on the bump
and walked Justin Upton to load the bases. Francisco stepped up to the plate
two batters later and launched a grand slam down the right-field line to
increase the margin to 7-1.
Jay Bruce led off the ninth with a homer to center.
Atlanta was 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position, while the Reds finished
0-for-5 with RISP ... Simmons went 4-for-5, while Schafer tallied three hits
... Uggla has seven homers this season.
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