Uggla's pinch-hit HR lifts Braves over Reds

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CINCINNATI -- Dan Uggla's first career pinch-hit homer came at the perfect time. His tiebreaking two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning powered Atlanta to a 6-4 win over Cincinnati in the opener of a three-game series.

Alex Gonzalez singled to center off Nick Masset (1-4) leading off the ninth inning. After a sacrifice bunt from Brooks Conrad and a lineout from Nate McLouth, Uggla faced a 3-2 count on the seventh pitch of his at-bat when he hammered a 96 mph fastball over the wall in right-center field. That extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

Craig Kimbrel retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth for his major league-leading 31st save of the year. Jonny Venters (5-1) pitched the eighth inning to get the win.

Martin Prado, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann each went deep off Bronson Arroyo, as the Braves remained four games behind Philadelphia for first place in the NL East. The Phillies shut down San Diego, 3-1, Friday night.

Zack Cozart homered in the opening inning off Jair Jurrjens. Fred Lewis and Drew Stubbs hit back-to-back long balls off the Atlanta starter in the sixth inning to give the Reds the lead, but Prado tied the game at four in the seventh with his 10th homer of the season, a shot to center field.

The Reds, who had just five hits, lost for the third time in four games. They haven't won consecutive games since a three-game sweep at the Dodgers from June 13-15.

 

(The Sports Network)

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