Dan Uggla spoke Monday about the difficult aspect of playing for the Marlins with Sun Life Stadium as a home field. "It would get tough sometimes going on the road and playing in front of packed houses, then coming home to this," said the Braves second baseman, who spent the previous five seasons with Florida. "You'd go out to stretch and there'd be 500 people in the stands." Playing in the mostly empty multi-purpose stadium isn't as depressing in short stints for visiting former Marlins, particularly when things go like they did Monday night for Uggla and the Braves in a 8-5 series-opening win. Uggla extended his hitting streak to 29 games, two shy of the Atlanta franchise record, and fellow ex-Marlin Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to help Braves pitcher Derek Lowe snap a three-start losing skid. Lowe (7-10) was charged with two runs, six hits and three walks in six innings to win for just the fourth time in 17 starts. He had been 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in his previous three starts, including seven earned runs and 10 hits allowed in four innings of Tuesday's 9-3 loss at Washington. John Buck's two-run homer off skidding Braves reliever Scott Proctor in the ninth inning made things interesting. The Braves felt compelled to bring in closer Craig Kimbrel after Proctor walked the next batter. Kimbrel struck out the next two batters for his 35th save, five from tying the major league rookie record.
Uggla pushes streak to 29 games
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Aug 9