After the Braves retired Bobby Cox's No. 6 in a pregame ceremony Friday night, they gave the iconic ex-manager plenty more to enjoy by pounding five homers off Carlos Zambrano in a 10-4 thrashing of the Chicago Cubs, including two homers by record-streaking Dan Uggla. Uggla hit a leadoff homer in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to 32 games, moving past Rico Carty's 31-game streak in 1970 to set a new Atlanta Braves record. "Definitely a lot more fun when you get it out of the way early, especially with a homer,' said Uggla, who went 3-for-3 and has a .370 average with 13 homers and 31 RBIs during his 32-game streak. It's the longest in the majors this season and five behind Tommy Holmes' franchise-record 37-game hitting streak for the 1945 Boston Braves. Chipper Jones, Jose Constanza and Freddie Freeman added home runs for the Braves, who topped their previous season high for homers (four) and collected their fifth consecutive win and 11th in their past 16 games, accomplished in front of a sellout crowd of 50,146 at Turner Field. "There were a lot of guys feeling good tonight," said Jones, whose homer was his 1,000th career extra-base hit. "It was a playoff-type atmosphere. I think everybody was kind of jacked up. We knew we were having a packed housea, and honoring Bobby all day ... we played accordingly.
Streaking Uggla homers twice as Braves pound Cubs
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Aug 13