Braves bring power

Uggla blasts 20th homer of the year
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Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, right, is greeted at home plate by teammates Martin Prado, center, and Freddie Freeman after hitting a three-run home run off Florida Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez in the third inning of a baseball game at Turner Field on Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Atlanta.

ATLANTA --- Dan Uggla is starting to feel like a legitimate slugger again.

 

Uggla hit a three-run homer against his former team for the second consecutive night, helping Tim Hudson and the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 5-1 on Saturday night.

"I was just staying positive," said Uggla, who is heating up after a terrible start this season. "This is what I'm used to doing. It's one of those things, you get a couple to fall, your confidence kicks in a little bit, you start to feel comfortable, then you're you again, I guess."

Hudson (10-7) pitched seven crisp innings, allowing one run and six hits. The right-hander improved to 10-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 21 career starts against Florida.

Uggla connected against Anibal Sanchez (6-4) in the third inning, belting his 20th homer to extend his career-best hitting streak to 21 games. He is batting .295 this month, raising his average for the season to .206.

Winning for the first time in three starts, the 36-year-old Hudson improved to 4-1 with a 2.80 ERA in six starts in the month of July.

TODAY'S GAME

FLORIDA MARLINS at ATLANTA BRAVES

Ricky Nolasco (7-7, 4.04) vs. Tommy Hanson (11-5, 3.13)

1:35 p.m. --- FSN South --- Turner Field

 

 

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