MIAMI — Dan Uggla finished his night with a bang.
Playing his first game in the Marlins’ new ballpark, Uggla hit two homers, including a direct hit off the home-run sculpture that reverberated throughout the stadium, and the Atlanta Braves drubbed Miami 11-0 on Tuesday night.
Tim Hudson pitched a five-hitter for his 13th career shutout, and he had plenty of run support thanks to Uggla. The former Marlin totaled four hits and five RBI, both season highs.
“Uggla was Superman tonight,” Hudson said.
Uggla hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, and he made the sculpture shudder when he sent a two-run homer in the ninth, thudding into the sun in the middle of the colorful structure.
“I heard it,” he said. “I didn’t see where it hit. They told me I hit the sun. I was like, ‘Aw man, that was cool.’ Did they get a distance on it?”
Estimated distance: 432 feet.
Uggla increased his homer total to 10 this season and 200 for his career.
“I hope to have many more,” he said.
Uggla doubled and scored in the second, and he hit a two-run single in the seventh. He spent his first five seasons with the Marlins and hit 78 home runs in their former home, the most by any player.
He likes the new ballpark just fine – including the much-maligned, carnivalesque sculpture.
Hudson (4-2) struck out three, walked three and allowed only one runner to reach third base en route to his 25th complete game.
“It was a fun game,” he said. “They were hitting to our guys, and I had some luck on my side for a change.”
Hudson contributed a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single for his first RBI this year.
Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons had three hits and three RBI, and Jason Heyward had three hits.